Show Us Your OVERCOATS

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Marc Chevalier, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. habberdasher

    habberdasher A-List Customer

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    Nice mustache! Do you use mustache wax like from Pinaud?
     
  2. The baroness has a 40s camelhair overcoat with exactly this treatment on the front. There was once a suit - made in Glasgow in 1938 - in a London vintage shop with this feature linking the top and bottom pockets of the waistcoat.

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  3. Methuselah

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    I saw that auction on Ebay, I seem to remember it was out of my price range, I'm glad it went to a good home!
    EDIT: I've got a similar one, in greyish blue with a reddy-brown window pane pattern.
     
  4. Nick D

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    I use Firehouse brand wax, which is beeswax based. Pinaud Clubman is water-soluable, so wouldn't hold up in British weather.
     
  5. habberdasher

    habberdasher A-List Customer

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    That's pretty cool! I'd like a pencil mustache...
     
  6. Spitfire

    Spitfire I'll Lock Up

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    Lots of fantastic coats here. But I could need some help.
    I like the RAF Great Coat a lot. The color, the cut - everything about it.
    But where do I find one big enough (52" chest)???
    Or a modern or vintage coat in a similar design.
     
  7. Levallois

    Levallois Practically Family

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    I just won this late last night - the photos are from the auction - the color is the darker blue. I've been wanting an older over coat for some time but they seem to go for alot, I got this one for less than alot, It's supposed to be 1940s - based on these superficial photos, is this about right in your estimation? Thanks for looking!

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    Based on those photos above, it is indeed a polo coat from the 1940s or very early '50s. Congratulations! :eusa_clap



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  9. Spitfire

    Spitfire I'll Lock Up

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    Hey - that's the kind of coat I have been looking for!!!!!
    What's it called, if I shall chase it - Polo Coat?
    (I am a total novice on coats - so pardon me asking)
     
  10. mike

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    Da'winna!

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  11. Yes, it's called a polo coat. Named after the game, not the Ralph Lauren clothing line.

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  12. Tomasso

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    I think that technically a polo coat is made from camel hair (or more recently a wool/camel blend or camel colored wool). A coat in any other color or fabric would make it a coat in the polo style. OMG, I sound like one of those rules people.:eusa_doh:



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    I've always fancied tweed polo coats.



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  13. Yeah, it's tricky. I have a vintage dark blue overcoat that says "Genuine Camel Hair" on the label inside. The coat has all of the other traditional 'polo coat' details, too. So ... I call it a polo coat, even though it's not tan-colored.


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  14. Tomasso

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    Here's an old Boyer piece on the polo coat.
     
  15. Thanks for that. If Boyer is to be believed, then it seems that polo coats don't need to be tan-colored in order to be, well, polo coats.


    "... the requirements of the genre are explicit and strict: an authentic polo coat is double-breasted, full-length, and full-cut camelhair cloth; it has patch pockets, set-in sleeves, cuffs, and a half-belt."


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  16. Levallois

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    Based on that definition, this is not a polo coat as it is made of wool and cashmere. So then, what is it?

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  17. Literally? It's a wool and cashmere overcoat whose cut and styling make it look just like a polo coat, only not made of camel hair. Long name, huh?


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  18. Tomasso

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    I would call it a blue cashmere/wool polo coat; just as I would call the PoW's coat a brown tweed polo coat.


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