Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Winter coats a plenty: Schott, Gloverall, Aquascutum.



THE OLD term, ‘get your coat you’ve pulled’ may have worked alleged wonders with the ladies of by-gone eras, but the choice of jackets currently on offer for us chaps are a guaranteed success for any wardrobe.

And with the back end of Hurricane Gonzalo, having put a bit of a chill up the spine of the nation, it’s time to get exploring what is on offer, but you would have to be Augustus Gloop if you were to feast on all the varieties on offer.

Always known for its historic jacket ranges, Barbour’s Holton double-breasted Reefer jacket, carries on that tradition, this time moving slightly away from the motorbike stylings, instead going for a nautical feel with the waxed fur-lined delight.

Sporting two flap covered hand pockets, two vertical chest pockets with leather trim and with Shearling lining and tailored fit you can just get the feeling of warmth and superb fit just by looking at the Holton and this style of jacket full stop.

Maintaining a similar cut to the reefer (Holton) is the Barbour x Norton and Sons Jones navy waxed, which is a three button through jacket.

One chest pocket, single rear vent, with a wool collar and inner placket designed for added warmth and comfort.

Inside the jacket becomes a Dr Who Tardis, where amidst the half tartan lined interior, there is a plethora of pockets for all occasions.

Based on an original 1951 design the Churchill Reefer Peacoat from Gloverall with all the classic stylings this design offers.

Slanted chest pockets, single vented, two front flap pockets, button fastening, throat tab, to ensure warmth, with one interior slip pocket. This coat has been sported proudly since its conception from actors such as McQueen, Brando to Cruise on screen, to of course the famous British bulldog himself Sir Winston Churchill.

If you want to step things up another notch, the Schott NYC leather Peacoat in black. Button fastened, US made, with ‘Anchor’ detailed buttons.

This coat smacks of sheer quality and of bridges both styles of smart casual and smart attire. It also comes in a wool finish known as the US 740n.

Matinique, in their Delto coat, offer a grey with a delicious check pattern, six button front, two front pocket and an extended lapel, a version of this comes from Minimum in the Wingham double breasted.

This cut of jacket works well with a smart look, but to my mind is preferable with a nice brogue, turned up jeans and relaxed shirt and jumper look, drop in Grenson Archie’s and the like and you are away.

A cable knit jumper of course works wonders such as the Barbour Sub-Deck, but of course there are plenty to choose from.

Why not plump for another icon, in the shape of the Aquascutum Henward navy wool ‘duffle’ coat. I have to drop in the term duffle, as I know the coat is not exactly that, but most people would recognise the styling, finishes and toggle fasteners as exactly that.

This full-length navy coat, straight fit, has adjustable cuffs, zip and toggle fastening, with removable hood.
The famous Aquascutum check print lines the coat adds a real bit of British brilliance to the autumnal and winter months.

Gloverall’s entrants in duffle coat are well known, the Classic, which comes in charcoal, with two side pockets, is hooded and beautifully lined, it also comes in kale, dark green, tan and navy.

They all lean towards a smarter look, dropping in Chelsea boots such as the Paul Smith Falconer or Jeffrey West Omny, with trousers and jumper, and don’t forget your scarf, just think Patrick Bateman or Jude Law.


Although a winter jumper such as the Barbour Caistown Fairisle would sit beautifully with this.

Adding in dashes of colour and pattern, against the solid single colourway of the above jackets works well and adds to a less serious look, so gaining a multi-use approach to such classic and beautiful garments.