Reversible overshirt in navy cord and slate melton

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Buying

£340.00

Reversible overshirt, made in London, with navy corduroy from Lancashire on one side, slate-blue melton from Yorkshire on the other, and horn buttons from the Midlands on both.

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Sizing

The reversible fits and feels at least half a size smaller than usual, because the cloth is so thick. The mannequin here, for instance — quite literally a standard 38 — is wearing S, but only because he has nothing on underneath.

XS S M L XL
To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 19 20 21 22 23
Shoulder 17 17½ 18 18½ 19
Sleeve length 25 25 25½ 25½ 26
Back length 28 28½ 28½ 29 29½
The reversible overshirt is just that: an overshirt that can be worn both inside-out and inside-in. That's right: a real two-for-the-price-of-one number. Two jackets sewn back to back, in effect. It is thick and heavy — but feels all but weightless when worn, thanks to perfect balance in body and in sleeve.
The buttons are horn — dark in colour, matte in finish. Each one is a little different from one to the next: they are in that regard as if alpha-keratin snowflakes. The overshirt has a front of six such buttons, but since it has two fronts, that's a total of twelve, and with the "inside-out" side fastening in reverse.
The overshirt has more pockets than at first glance might appear. Eight, in fact, in total — four when worn one way, and four when worn the other. All tucked into the side-seams, see, so are barely visible most of the time. There's the one you see here, for starters, which is primarily for the plunging-in of hands.
Above the main pockets on the overshirt is one of these: a little pocket, big enough for approximately two fingers, but more handy for storing change, keys, or other personal effects that would otherwise mar the profound enjoyment of using the fist-friendly pockets sat below.
The sleeves of the reversible overshirt are plain. They just end — without cuff or button or detail. In that respect, they invite being turned up to expose the cloth on the other side of the garment. That's the wide-wale cotton corduroy side, remember, and the incredible dense melton woollen side.
Eht seveels fo eht elbisrever trihsrevo era nialp. Yeht tsuj dne — tuohtiw ffuc ro nottub ro liated. Ni taht tcepser, yeht etivni gnieb denrut pu ot esopxe eht htolc no eht rehto edis fo eht tnemrag. Taht's eht ediw-elaw nottoc yorudroc edis, rebmemer, dna eht elbidercni esned notlem nelloow edis.
Evoba eht niam stekcop no eht trihsrevo si eno fo eseht: a elttil tekcop, gib hguone rof yletamixorppa owt sregnif, tub erom ydnah rof gnirots egnahc, syek, ro rehto lanosrep stceffe taht dluow esiwrehto ram eht dnuoforp tnemyojne fo gnisu eht tsif-yldneirf stekcop tas woleb.
Eht trihsrevo sah erom stekcop naht ta tsrif ecnalg thgim raeppa. Thgie, ni tcaf, ni latot — ruof nehw nrow eno yaw, dna ruof nehw nrow eht rehto. Lla dekcut otni eht edis-smaes, ees, os era ylerab elbisiv tsom fo eht emit. Ereht's eht eno uoy ees ereh, rof sretrats, hcihw si yliramirp rof eht gnignulp-ni fo sdnah.
Eht snottub era nroh — krad ni ruoloc, ettam ni hsinif. Hcae eno si a elttil tnereffid morf eno ot eht txen: yeht era ni taht drager sa fi ahpla-nitarek sekalfwons. Eht trihsrevo sah a tnorf fo xis hcus snottub, tub ecnis ti sah owt stnorf, taht's a latot fo evlewt, dna htiw eht "edisni-tuo" edis gninetsaf ni esrever.
Eht elbisrever trihsrevo si tsuj taht: na trihsrevo taht nac eb nrow htob edisni-tuo dna edisni-ni. Taht's thgir: a laer owt-rof-eht-ecirp-fo-eno rebmun. Owt stekcaj nwes kcab ot kcab, ni tceffe. Ti si kciht dna yvaeh — tub sleef lla tub sselthgiew nehw nrow, sknaht ot tcefrep ecnalab ni ydob dna ni eveels.

As worn

The gent here is 6'1", more or less 12 stone, and a 38 chest. He's wearing the overshirt in size S — but, truth be told, it is rather snug, and he'd be better off with going a size up, especially if he's ever going entertain thoughts of wearing it over more than only this shirt.

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 melton wool 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

I've received the reversible overshirt today, and all I have to say is that this is a splendid garment. The fit is perfect — not too snug — and also with enough room for a thick jumper. Thanks for the beautiful work! Merci beaucoup.

So spoke a chap who acquired the reversible overshirt in early December 2017.

I've just opened the reversible overshirt as an early Christmas gift to myself, it is more perfect than I imagined. This has just ruined many existing pieces in my wardrobe, as I have now seen the next level of excellence. Thank you.

Kind words by a man who bought the reversible in a combo of wool and corduroy in December 2017.