The Double-Breasted British Coat
Better Than a Great Coat.
Paletot. Covert. Guards. Ulster.
Are these overcoats or topcoats?
What’s the difference, again?
It doesn’t matter.
You could spend hours of your life overanalyzing the minutia of what makes a coat this or that, but unless you’re wearing a traditional Chesterfield, trench or something else easy to identify, you’re choosing a coat for its specific features—length, fabric, fit, lapels, single or double-breasted... Not its name.
We wanted to create a well-fitting topcoat with an overcoat’s soul. I’ve always loved military-style coats (commonly referred to as great coats), so we went with a double-breasted, eight-button front with two additional buttons under the collar for full coverage. It’s knee-length, in typical topcoat fashion, but is made of a superbly warm, substantial wool blend that is not as laborious as many heavy coats.
This coat is gray with black corozo buttons, different from all the blue, black, camel, and charcoal coats worn by the herd. Your war chest of silk and cashmere scarves will thank you for letting them pop off this striking palate.
The most dashing feature is the large, notched collar, commonly referred to as an Ulster collar. You can button the coat to the top and flip the collar up for warmth (and style), or wear the coat unbuttoned so that the collar hangs open in dramatic fashion (an attitude itself).
There are more details to discover, but it must be worn to be fully appreciated.
The Double-Breasted British Coat (No. 5496). Wool blend. Fully lined. Wide, notched sleeve cuffs. Double-welt pockets with large flap closure on each hip. Two interior welt pockets. Back waist belt with two non-functional buttons. Upper-center back box pleat. Lower box pleat that ends at the sweep. Imported.