Overshirt in slate grey middleweight corduroy

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Garment

£195.00

Overshirt, made in London, with slate grey corduroy of middling weight from Lancashire, and dark horn buttons from the West Midlands.

Sizing

The overshirt fits true to size — but if you prefer a narrow fit, or you plan to wear it more as a shirt than a jacket, best go down a size. The mannequin is a 38 — the most standard 38 in all the world — and is thus wearing a size S.

XS S M L XL
To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 19 20 21 22 23
Sleeve over shoulder 30½ 31 31½ 32 32½
Back length 30 30½ 31 31½ 32
A six button overshirt, this, made with corduroy of middling weight from a mill in Lancashire. The overshirt has collar and collar-stand much like a shirt, but the general shape and proportions and two-piece raglan sleeve steer it much more into "mid-weight jacket" territory.
The overshirt has a fly-front of six large horn buttons, matte in finish and dark in colour. Each is a little different to the next: a consequence of being an individually made natural product, rather than an ersatz plastic copy. The buttons at the front each have a "backing button" (below-left) to give extra strength.
At the front of the overshirt are three pockets — each of them with large welt openings, and stitch-through pocket bags. There is one such pocket at the chest (right) and two large pockets further down.
The corduroy, here, up close. It has a very soft handle, on both sides, and a temperate nature, such that it is inviting to put on whether the weather be warm or cool. The wales, as can be seen here, are fairly narrow — making it fairly smart to look at — but the cloth has real substance to it: no paper-thin cord, this.
The overshirt is unlined, and thus on the inside is exposed the soft, brushed reverse side of the corduroy. The internal seams, meanwhile, are all neatly bound with grey cotton.

As worn

The gent here is 6'1" and is wearing a size S. His chest size is 38", and there are unconfirmed reports that he is 12 stone.

Makers of

The overshirt is made by a coat factory in north London. Note: not a shirt factory. Rather than being made like a shirt but with heavier cloth, the overshirt is made to the same standards, and with much the same structure, as the most robust outerwear, with heavy fusing and turned seams and the like.
The cloth is made by a cotton mill in Lancashire, in north-west England. Cottons have rolled of its line for nearly a century and a half. Industry-leading methods of weaving, dyeing, and finishing — unimproved in decades — along with steadfast adherence to quality, result in some truly first-rate cloth.
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

A work of art. The cloth alone, yes — but also the cut, the detail, the amount of handwork. Oh my. I’m especially in love with the sleeves and the cuffs (the way they are cut to pull themselves slightly back, an inch or so, when you stretch your arm out to reach for something, is brilliant). This is the most beautiful piece of clothing I have acquired for a very long time. Did I mention that the fit is spot on?

High praise from a gentleman who purchased the overshirt in navy-grey herringbone linen in the October of 2017.

The overshirt arrived with me today and it is beautiful. This material is incredible. Thank you for making it.

Nice words from a corduroy overshirt-owning gent back in November of 2016.

I can only say things about the overshirt [...] that you probably already know: they're really, really wonderful garments. I had imagined saving them for the spring, but realised they are both perfect for the weather that we are having right now in south Hessen. The coat is particularly kuschelig and really is like no other coat I've owned.

A gent from Germany kindly said this about his corduroy overshirt back in October 2014.

I just thought I'd drop you an email to say how much I like the overshirt. I'm wearing it as a sort of light spring jacket, which works perfectly. The quality and obvious care that has gone into it is amazing to see, and hard to come by.

Said in March 2017 by a man who bought the overshirt in corduroy.

The overshirt, it's amazing. Hands-down one of the nicest garments I own. The customer service and quality of garments ensure I will give you my money in the future.

The overshirt was corduroy (again) and the gentleman bought it in August 2016.

Overshirt received and wow — what a piece. I love it.

The overshirt in a hand-woven linen elicited such praise in the summer of 2016.