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Thoughts on this jacket

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by abc123, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. abc123

    abc123 Senior member

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    I purchased this purple label jacket on ebay today, and I was wondering if anyone might know anything about it. The pictures provided by the seller are a bit poor, and I can't even tell exactly what color it is. Anyone know what year it was made, or any other info? It was only $20 with shipping (very suprised that noone else bid), so if its a loser, its no big loss - a risk I was willing to take. Thanks in advance guys!
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  2. farooqm

    farooqm Senior member

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    looks like a subdued aquamarine, either way great buy!
     
  3. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    If it fits you then you've done very well indeed. Do you have a photo of the inside label. RLPL's were made in England and now are primarily made in Italy. Looks like your RLPL coat might be an orphaned suit coat, but so what. Does it have working sleeve button holes? Hard to tell whether yours is the Italian or English RLPL. Either way you've done great.

    It's your good fortune that the seller didn't have a higher start price!
     
  4. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    I would change the buttons to make look more "sportscoat" it would help for dressing with odd pants, but great price!
     
  5. VMan

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    It looks like just a gray glen plaid to me. The seller's white ballance is probably just off on his camera, hence the blue tone.
     
  6. abc123

    abc123 Senior member

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    If it fits you then you've done very well indeed. Do you have a photo of the inside label. RLPL's were made in England and now are primarily made in Italy. Looks like your RLPL coat might be an orphaned suit coat, but so what. Does it have working sleeve button holes? Hard to tell whether yours is the Italian or English RLPL. Either way you've done great.

    It's your good fortune that the seller didn't have a higher start price!


    Its made in England, and a poster on AAAC believes it may be a Chester Barrie. What does this mean for quality? Fully canvassed?

    Not sure about working sleeve buttons, I guess I'll just have to wait in anticipation for it to arrive.

    In response to changing the buttons to make it more like a sport coat, what do you think would look good? Mother of pearl perhaps?

    I'll be sure to post pics once I recieve it!
     
  7. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    In response to changing the buttons to make it more like a sport coat, what do you think would look good? Mother of pearl perhaps?


    Some brown horn buttons would look nice. Once you receive it you'll be able to judge better.
     
  8. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    didnt anyone notice? a single breast with buttonholes on both lapels. it may be a factory second. i m h o.
     
  9. rnoldh

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    didnt anyone notice? a single breast with buttonholes on both lapels. it may be a factory second. i m h o.

    Yes, I noticed that but I've seen that on other RLPL's as well. I don't think it's a second. At $20 with shipping inc., who cares.

    This seems to be a happy Ebay story!
     
  10. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Are you sure thats a RLPL? Not that it really matters for $20 but based on that "100% wool" label, there is a chance that it is not RLPL.

    Edit: Also, if those are not flap pockets, the chances of it being RLPL are slimmer.
     
  11. Tomasso

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    Yes, I noticed that but I've seen that on other RLPL's as well.

    Really? On a SB?
     
  12. abc123

    abc123 Senior member

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    I forgot to put this picture up, which may clarify the purple label business. I'm still a bit doubtful that it will be any good, I guess I'm just wary of things that are too good to be true (PL for $20 seems to count for that). It does look nice though, and the condition seems fin, judging from the pictures. I also found the double lapel buttonholes a bit interesting.

    Does anyone have any input on the canvassing situation? I would guess that all purple label is fully canvassed (for those retail prices, it had better be!), but I am not as informed on such matters as some of you are.

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  13. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Again, for $20 you got a steal regardless. I'm still not 100% convinced that it's RLPL (lapel roll, black buttons, pockets) but it could be very early RLPL (Chester Barrie) so construction wise you have nothing to worry about.
     
  14. rnoldh

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    Really? On a SB?


    It might have seen it on a DB, now that I think about it. I think on the other Forum someone said this RLPL coat might have been a DB that's been tailored to a SB. Don't you think that's unlikely?

    As to the canvassing, I've never heard of a RLPL that's not fully canvassed.

    I also think it definitely has pocket flaps. I've seen RLPL coats both with and without working button holes so it might be either. It will be interesting to see about those button holes on both lapels!
     
  15. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Good deal on a classic plaid.
     
  16. abc123

    abc123 Senior member

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    Gents,

    I just recieved the jacket in the mail today. It is a very classic black/white/grey plaid, and is in great condition. The wool is of high quality, and is canvassed, as would be expected of PL. Now, onto the strage aspects of the jacket (or orphaned suit coat, as it may well be). It has four, count em, four buttons. Not sure how I fel about it, but it is certainly not done in a offensive way. I guess one would button the middle two, and with the way the lapel rolls, you can hardly even tell that a fourth button is there. Secondly, there are no pocket flaps. I think this is quite strange as well.

    All in all, for $20, I am perfectly happy. I will need to have it tailored a bit, but I love the pattern and it is definately a quality piece. Due to the interesting features, I will probably keep it as a jacket to wear at night, while going out.
     
  17. rnoldh

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    Gents,

    I just recieved the jacket in the mail today. It is a very classic black/white/grey plaid, and is in great condition. The wool is of high quality, and is canvassed, as would be expected of PL. Now, onto the strage aspects of the jacket (or orphaned suit coat, as it may well be). It has four, count em, four buttons. Not sure how I fel about it, but it is certainly not done in a offensive way. I guess one would button the middle two, and with the way the lapel rolls, you can hardly even tell that a fourth button is there. Secondly, there are no pocket flaps. I think this is quite strange as well.

    All in all, for $20, I am perfectly happy. I will need to have it tailored a bit, but I love the pattern and it is definately a quality piece. Due to the interesting features, I will probably keep it as a jacket to wear at night, while going out.


    Wow, 4 buttons with non flap pockets! That is one unusual RLPL! I wonder if it could have been MTM or even custom(does RLPL even do custom?).

    Nevertheless, if you like it and get to wear it, then you certainly did very well indeed for $20.
     
  18. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Are you sure thats a RLPL? Not that it really matters for $20 but based on that "100% wool" label, there is a chance that it is not RLPL.

    Edit: Also, if those are not flap pockets, the chances of it being RLPL are slimmer.

    I assume those are flap pockets that are tucked in. Wouldn't a ticket pocket on a suit with slash pockets be . . . a bit odd?
     
  19. abc123

    abc123 Senior member

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    I assume those are flap pockets that are tucked in. Wouldn't a ticket pocket on a suit with slash pockets be . . . a bit odd?

    Nope, no flaps. I do think is rather wierd as well, and can't imagne why anyone wouldn't want flaps on them. It also doesn't look like they were removed after the jacket was made.
     
  20. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    I assume those are flap pockets that are tucked in. Wouldn't a ticket pocket on a suit with slash pockets be . . . a bit odd?


    Agreed, lawerdad, it's very odd, but he says that's the way it is!!

    Do any of you RLPL experts have any ideas about this. It's the first time I've ever heard of a flapless ticket pocket. And what about the dual buttonholes, one on each lapel. I've never seen this on a SB RLPL coat. And finally, the 4 button front. Yes, it's certainly a strange RLPL, though not necessarily an un attractive one.

    Jamgood! are you or any of the Ralph Lauren experts out there?
     

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