I was on Savile Row last week receiving some schooling in bespoke from the gents at Chester Barrie and then Richard James, and when the subject came to ventless coats (for a tux) in both cases the word “American” was spat at me. It seems that to the traditionalists of the row the vents on a coat are a functional addition, allowing movement and comfort. Removing them is an exercise in vanity that allows for a closer cut at the seat than normal, but at the expense of movement. I was instructed that should I advise a customer to commission a ventless coat I would suffer a pain worse than death. I’d love to hear thoughts, comparisons or contradictions from the accused Americans, and anyone else with a slightly longer history of tailoring.