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Leather overcoat vs. Nylon/Microfiber vs. Wool

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Popsandfriends, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. Popsandfriends

    Popsandfriends Well-Known Member

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    Hey,
    Im looking to buy a knee length overcoat for when I wear suits (or possibly more casual yet sophisitcated attire). I have seen some very dressy leather jacket overcoats that look very nice, however are they more associated with school shooters than business or "the professional look"? single breasted Rainjackets are typically what I see detectives on TV shows like Law and Order wear, they seem to be the most professional. Wool jackets are formal looking, and only used during the colder winter months. Which jacket type would be best do you think? Comments appreciated!
     
  2. stach

    stach Senior member

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    it sounds like you're looking for a coat as opposed to a jacket. Depending on your job, leather would be ok, but the most professional look would be wool or cashmere. Nylon is great for a storm coat.
     
  3. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    I suggest you need both a cashmere overcoat and a leather overcoat.
     
  4. epa

    epa Senior member

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    Didn't Al Pacino (or was it Andy GarcÃa) wear a nice leather overcoat in Carlito's Way?
    Also, I have seen some very cool leather overcoats in World War II movies, they were normally worn by Germans, maybe they were by Hugo Boss. I think some were DB. There was quite an evil look about them, though, that may render them less appropriate for business wear.
    By the way, I was in Berlin last year and in KaDeWe I saw a pin-stripe Karl Lagerfeld leather overcoat; it appeared to be made up of leather stripes sewn together with white thread, at least it looked like that, and that was what gave it that pinstripe effect. I thought it looked great.
     
  5. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Yes, I like leather trenchcoats. I almost got one in brown but it was too long; I think it was by RLPL.

    Leather trenchcoats are a very Teutonic item and that is exactly what is attractive about them: the severe elegance. They are especially dramatic when draped with the collar popped rather than worn.
     
  6. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    Leather trenchcoats are a very Teutonic item and that is exactly what is attractive about them: the severe elegance.


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  7. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    We now know where Manton's hate of black stems from.
     
  8. argoth

    argoth Senior member

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    I can't pull off a leather overcoat. So for overcoats, I prefer cashmere/wool. You can have them treated with something like stormsystem for rain/snow/misc. weather protection also. Not sure I'd be wearing an overcoat outside of the colder months of the year.

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    Loro Piana has some beautiful "casual yet sophisticated" coats. I'm thinking martingala and explorer styles specifically. I wouldn't wear them with a suit though.

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    Arg

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  9. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    Go for the trench.

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  10. epa

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    The other day I saw in the Zegna shop window a Vicuña (Vicugna vicugna) overcoat at +EUR 18000 (around +USD 24000). I suggested to my wife that it could be an appreciated X-mas gift, but I do not really expect her to go for it...
    Isn't that price a bit over the top? I am sure that the quality is excellent, but...
    At what retail price can quality cashmere overcoats be bought?
     
  11. Popsandfriends

    Popsandfriends Well-Known Member

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    The other day I saw in the Zegna shop window a Vicuña (Vicugna vicugna) overcoat at +EUR 18000 (around +USD 24000). I suggested to my wife that it could be an appreciated X-mas gift, but I do not really expect her to go for it...
    Isn't that price a bit over the top? I am sure that the quality is excellent, but...
    At what retail price can quality cashmere overcoats be bought?


    Yes, where could I find wool/cashmere overcoats for around 100 dollars, or any SB overcoat type for that matter? I am a 38R
     
  12. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    The other day I saw in the Zegna shop window a Vicuña (Vicugna vicugna) overcoat at +EUR 18000 (around +USD 24000).
    Isn't that price a bit over the top?


    Well, you could source your own vicuna for 2k per yard (4-5) from Tip Top and pay (1k and up, depending on the tailor) for CTM (Despos [​IMG] ).
     
  13. Quirk

    Quirk Senior member

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    Yes, where could I find wool/cashmere overcoats for around 100 dollars, or any SB overcoat type for that matter? I am a 38R

    $100 might not be a realistic budget, unless you're prepared to do some serious thriftshopping. Even at a discounter like Burlington Coat Factory, you should probably expect to pay at least $200 for something reasonably elegant and attractive, especially at this time of year.
     

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