Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Feb 10, 2008.
KJ - look at the Donegals from W. Bill and Molloy if you can. Good stuff.
Can anyone recommend a good waterproof fabric for making into a trench coat?
Molloy + Sons has some great navy donegals. Priced reasonably as well.
Eustace, where do you see swatches of the donegals?
Bookster has some. Molloy also has a Flickr gallery with stock tweeds.
Thank you RogerC. Much appreciated.
The only time I've seen one done bespoke was in Corvato's shop. He said he took a regular cotton drill and Scotchguarded it.
I asked how waterproof it was and he just shrugged his shoulders.
Maybe the Loro Piana storm system farbics? Though I've never seen those in a book, only made up as RTW coats.
Given that they usually have raglan sleeves, I'm not sure a trench coat is the sort of thing that really lends itself to bespoke. Certainly not at a price similar to that of a canvassed coat with set in shoulders.
How about Ventile? It is cotton and very weatherproof. It can be purchased directly from the factory. It comes in a variety of weights and colours. It is all but waterproof when its in double form. Only drawback is that it is difficult to hand sew. It also requires a specific thread and double lapped seams. But, it will last forever, is relatively light, breathes and is also windproof.
Thanks for the advice on Donegals
I visited the respective websites and the images are limited so if anyone has a recommendation other than going to source (which I hope to do with W Bill in Jan) please do chime in
It is awesome stuff. I have it on a non-bespoke Invertere jacket.
Interesting. Did you buy direct from their website? If so, what weight / color?
Corvato actually made a topcoat for me out of LP Storm System cashmere. It has set shoulders and looks and performs very well, especially in the rain. I got the cloth from Tip Top, which also used to carry a similar fabric from Zegna.
Ventile is great but I've only seen it sold as stand-alone fabric a couple of times over the years.
Barbour, Lost World and Orvis also have sold items made out of ventile. Ebay and ebay uk usually list a few ventile pieces.
Grenfell cloth also served much the same purpose as ventile.
Looks like it comes in a nice selection of colors.
This one could make a cool, though somewhat different, raincoat--
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