That's a Wrap: 7 Winter Coats
De Bonne Facture Chestnut Wool TrenchcoatNo winter wardrobe is replete without a quality trench coat. In fact every brand under the sun (or rather the rain) has appropriated the iconic silhouette first created by Aquascutum or Burberry, depending on which of the PR departments you ask. Regardless of its genesis, the trenchcoat is a masterfully timeless wardrobe essential. We stumbled upon French brand De Bonne Facture earlier this year at Pitti Uomo and were immediately bowled over by its unrelenting search for quality fabrics and craftsmanship to boot. Their particular interpretation of the trench comes in a rich chestnut hue woven from Italian wool rather than cotton, and comes with real horn buttons. With Raglan sleeves, and half-lined in a tonal viscose lining, it's structural but with a softly tailored finish, perfect for work and play.
Rubinacci Mustard Casentino Ulster CoatHarking back to the Victorian era, the Ulster coat was traditionally a working daytime overcoat made from hardwearing cloth such as herringbone or tweed. Although classicly British in heritage, Neapolitan tailors Rubinacci have put a colourful Italian spin on their "Casentino" Ulster. Casentino wool, still produced today in the Florentine hills, is instantly recognisable for the soft curl that is obtained from “napping”, and also its vibrant brown, orange and green dyes, making it this the perfect statement winter coat.
De Petrillo Grey Wool Herringbone CoatEvoking the spirit of Naples’ culture and sartorial prowess, this single-breasted De Petrillo coat provides the ideal piece of winter tailoring. Crafted in a grey wool with a herringbone pattern and with a contrasting lining, this coat features two side pockets, four buttons, and a smart notched lapel. The herringbone pattern makes for a smart contrast to a light grey or charcoal business suit during the week but it also stands up well to pops of casual colour and pattern clashing with knitwear by the likes of fellow Italian Doppiaa.
Kit Blake Navy Blue Wool OvercoatKit Blake founder Chris Modoo has produced a stunning rendition of the classic military-inspired double-breasted overcoat in a soft pure wool. Double breasted with cuffs, pleated back and a half-belt detail, it's perfect to slip over a suit as the temperature drops but will also look great contrasted with a bright roll neck sweater peeping through the formal navy exterior. If you haven't already familiarised yourself with the Kit Blake collection which dropped earlier this week, we highly recommend you do so, especially if pleated trousers are your thing (more's the point, why wouldn't they be?).
Grenfell Grey Windowpane Check VBC Flannel Wool Cavendish CoatAs part of The Rake’s Flâneur Collection, Vitale Barberis Canonico has teamed up with Grenfell on a coat featuring a stunning windowpane check, crafted from the famed mill’s original flannel. Made in Italy, the cloth is produced using a dense, matte weave giving it a fleecy feel, making it the ideal fabric for colder temperatures. On a background of dark grey with a contrasting white overcheck, the garment is subtle yet sartorially informed. If you're searching for a slick overcoat for business but with a good dose of panache, you can stop looking.
New & Lingwood Navy Langley Pea CoatThe pea coat has been around since the 1800s, evolving from the thick Melton wool styles originally worn by Dutch sailors and later popularized by the British Navy first (as a uniform for petty officers), and the US Navy some years later (worn by "reefers",the sailors responsible for the unenviable task of scaling the rigging). Remarkably, the style has changed little from those days, a clear indicator of the style's timelessness. This version by New & Lingwood is a peerless interpretation of the classic, crafted in double-face 100% wool with two flat pockets, two slit chest pockets and military-inspired cuff buckles.
Schott Brown B3 Leather Jacket