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Opinions on Vanson Luftwaffes Officers Great Coat?

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by kronos77, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. kronos77

    kronos77 One of the Regulars

    Does anyone have Vanson's Luftwaffe Great Coat? I would like to hear any thoughts you might have on it especially the quality of the Firenze medium weight leather vs the heavy cowhide.
  2. I would like to hear more about this coat, too. Apparently, it is part of the Rhode Island State Police winter uniform.


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  3. Doesn't sound nearly as marketable. They aren't ex-luftwaffe, are they?
  4. Vespizzare

    Vespizzare A-List Customer

    I have both hides from Vanson. Firenze is thinner and the finish is more on the surface, so the patina is in the way it chips away at the edges. Still I'm glad I have Firenze on a Teton because I think it might be too heavy otherwise. I would take competition in every case except if weight is an issue, which I think it could well be with that coat.
  5. Graemsay

    Graemsay Practically Family

    Do you end up looking like this if you get the heavyweight cowhide?

  6. If you do end up looking like this then ill take one!
  7. cuthbert

    cuthbert One of the Regulars

    Yes but that great coat doesn't look Luftwaffe to me at all, especially the collar.

    A Luftwaffe overcoat should look like this:

  8. Hogan!!!!!!!!

    Sorry, couldn't help meself...

  9. giovanni

    giovanni Familiar Face

    Those greatcoats in leather are quite intimidating...I wish they made coats in wool, then Id grab one
  10. Vespizzare

    Vespizzare A-List Customer

    When I was young I was in NYC with no warm coat so I bought a West Point cadet great coat in a second hand store. The problem with wearing a coat like that is that it makes too much of a statement. When you're walking down the street, you feel like people are clearing a path for you. I don't want my clothes to make me feel that way.
  11. dr.velociraptor

    dr.velociraptor One of the Regulars

    Honestly the coat is way over the top, it's hard to picture this ever being able to be worn and not come off as a costume.
  12. I do! I would love it if people looked at me and thought twice about getting in my way! The coat in the op is not a great coat. At least, not as I understand them - aren't they always full length? It does, however, look a lot like the photos I have seen of pp jackets worn by WWI era German flyboys (werecthey Luftwaffe that early?). I would rather like one of these myself. Looks like a great alternative to sheepskins of the Irvin/B3 variety for wearing over a suit jacket.
  13. Aerojoe

    Aerojoe Practically Family

    Just come to my town in anything that nobody wears around here, it doesn't care what. Yesterday I was in my u-boat jacket and some people was turning their heads to watch. A German leather great coat in my town would be too much fun :)

    One thing about London I really like it's you can wear whatever you want and nobody cares. Nobody looks at you.
  14. Vespizzare

    Vespizzare A-List Customer

    L.A. is like that too, in spades. Peoples minds have really been blown here.
  15. kronos77

    kronos77 One of the Regulars

  16. kronos77

    kronos77 One of the Regulars

    Where can I buy this coat?
  17. giovanni

    giovanni Familiar Face

    I don't think you could find that in a store--unless vintage of some sort.

    But the Crombie great coat is quite similar to that, and I'd say the Crombie is a little more practical
  18. rocketeer

    rocketeer Call Me a Cab

    Don't forget Crombie is a brand and not a style, much like Stetson hats.
  19. Sloan1874

    Sloan1874 I'll Lock Up

    Indeed, I have a Crombie great coat based on their original RAF patterns. It's fantastically warm and heavy, but also quite slim fit, so it's looks very cool.
  20. giovanni

    giovanni Familiar Face

    Do you have one of their newer crombie coats or is it vintage? Can you wear a sweater under the slim fit?

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