Peacoat in heavy melton in dark navy

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Garment

£580.00

The peacoat fits true to size, and is cut to be worn as a large but shaped jacket rather than an all-encompassing over-suit overcoat. The mannequin here, who is so standard a 38 he has it stamped on his chest — is wearing an S.

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Sizing

The peacoat fits true to size. The mannequin here, for instance, who is so standard a 38 he has it stamped on his chest — is wearing an S.

XS S M L XL
To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 19 20 21 22 23
Shoulder 17½ 18 18½ 19 19½
Sleeve over shoulder 30½ 31 31½ 32 32½
Back length 31½ 32 32½ 33 33½
This is a traditional sort of peacoat on the face of it, but look here and there and you'll find a few nods to modernity. It is a remarkably thick and warm coat, made as it is with bulletproof-grade melton. This does not come at the expense of shape, however. It has soft shoulders, and a gently shaped body.
A rather large collar, this, with what is known as an Ulster shape. Such is the firmness of the cloth that it happily stands by itself without coaxing — hugging the neck as it does — but sits clean and smart when down.
The coat has a front of six buttons, in three pairs, and has a further pair of buttons hidden beneath its collar. These come in use when buttoning the coat all the way up, when the curve of the collar sweeps around the front of the neck, and helps provides nigh-thermonuclear levels of insulation.
The buttons on the peacoat are large, and are horn — dark in colour and matte in finish — and each is a little different from one to the next. They are in that regard as if alpha-keratin snowflakes — such is the beauty of being a product of a high-grade natural material, rather than, say, a plastic replica.
There are two pockets on each side of the coat. One is the patch pocket, which is of such elephantine proportions that you really can't miss it. The other is the warmer pocket, entry to which is hidden in the side seam. It is partially submerged in the patch, and is strengthened top and bottom with tacks.
This is a truly uncommon shoulder construction, with a smart set-in sleeve at the front (below-right) and a raglan sleeve at the back (below-left). Raglan is a byword for an accommodating sort of sleeve, which makes the coat nicer to slide on and off, and easier to layer over a shirt and jumper and jacket.
Inside, the peacoat has a chest pocket on the left-side as worn. Perhaps more importantly, inside, the peacoat has an extra layer of the outer cloth — meaning that, when fully done up, there are four layers of very thick cloth between the chest of the wearer and the harsh winds of the world outside.
The coat is half-lined with a wool melton — a hard-wearing material, full of character and gnarled grey yarn — from a mill in the Heavy Woollen District of West Yorkshire. It is a fine outer cloth in its own right, but here is happy to play backup to its even thicker, heavier, and slightly smarter older brother.
The heavy navy cloth, up close. It is woven with worsted-spun yarn, and so has a wonderful lustre about it. No plain duffle cloth or heavy melton, this. It is also very heavily milled, so those fine strands of yarn are coaxed together, making an already thick cloth denser and denser and, yes, denser still.

As worn

The gent here is 6'1", has a chest just north of 38", and is wearing a size M. This makes it slightly wider in the body, but provides room for the whopper of a lambswool crewneck that he's wearing underneath.

Makers of

The coat is made in north-east London. It is a very specialised skill, assembling coats from heavy cloth, and every reasonable step — and the odd unreasonable step — is to taken to endure things are built to last, from the cutting of the pattern to the work on the machine, but without the results being stiff or bulky.
The cloth is woven in Somerset by one of the most illustrious names in British textiles. It is a mill which has woven for the great and good for two centuries and, in particular, has long had a thumb in the pie of military cloth — putting in the largest order for textiles, no less, during the Second World War.
The wool lining hails from a mill founded in the Heavy Woollen District of West Yorkshire in the 1800s. Carding, blending, spinning, and weaving — it all happens on the same premises. This unique arrangement means that the fleece’s change into top-grade cloth could not be more tightly tuned.
The horn buttons were cut, shaped, and polished by the last such factory in Britain (now defunct). It was part of a tradition in the Midlands first linked to the meat industry of the 18th century. "It is no easy task," said William Hutton in 1780, "to enumerate the infinite diversity of buttons here in Birmingham."

So they say

The coat was delivered this week. It is a thing of beauty and fits me perfectly, so please keep using those measurements. I will probably break down and wear it much sooner than the weather will allow, which is the sign of a pretty great coat.

So spoke a man who purchased the peacoat in merino hopsack in September of 2018.

The peacoat turned up, and it is fantastic. Beautiful detailing, and the quality is exceptional. I love it. Thanks again for all your help and impeccable customer service.

So said a gentleman who bought the peacoat in a camel-coloured melton in January 2018.

What a wonderful coat. I've been on an obsessive hunt for the ultimate peacoat for I-cant-tell-you-how-long, and this is genuinely a thing of beauty. Thank you. Also, my wife thanks you for her not having to discuss collar-width, hand-warmers, or Three Days of the Condor any more.

Kindly said by a gent who purchased the peacoat in heavy worsted overcoating in November 2017.

I bought a peacoat from you last year, I believe: amazing quality and nothing but compliments from everyone.

This gent bought the peacoat in Donegal's finest in October 2014.

I picked up the peacoat today. Of course, it looks impeccable. The tweed is really something. Thank you.

Another pleased peacoat purchaser, from November of 2015.