I am having a grey wool chesterfield overcoat made (slight waist, slanted pockets, button at the top, and notched lapels as advised here) and have always loved the look of a black velvet collar. I am having this done at Kachins in Mumbai with whom I have been very pleased with suits and shirts. Could anyone advise me on the concerns I might have about the black velvet collar? -how well does it take rain and inclimate weather? (it is dyed, so...) -Is there a specific type of velvet I should ask for? (the tailor actually insisted that felt is used here, but I didn't think so and came back to this forum to check). -Does the black velvet limit me in any way as to being too formal? Finally (and I have read everything on this forum about overcoats), any further advise, thoughts, or questions are welcome. Thanks!