Overcoats have been a staple of many this winter with the cold temperatures pushing extremes of -38 C in our fair Toronto. The increasing interest in overcoats is not only due to the weather but also due to style. Large coats have been featured on the runways of London, Milan and Paris this past season for both Men and Women. Getting a bespoke overcoat is always a good investment. If you are looking for a designer coat it will range anywhere from $1000 – to $5000 and for that cost a bespoke coat is a much more personal and customisable option. This particular overcoat features a hand made lapel and front buttonhole, double jetted flap pockets and a notch collar in charcoal grey which is versatile and matches any colour or pattern.
This bespoke coat is one of the many we did in the past few months and one of the last few with spring at our door. It is made from 100% Italian cashmere wool. Cashmere wool is in fact hair from the cashmere goat despite its name. This fact places it as rather unique among other woolens. The use of cashmere in Central and South Asia dates back thousands of years and one of the oldest types of clothing made from cashmere is a Jamawar from Kashmir, India.
Cashmere wool is produced through several process and not all manufacturers use the same process which changes the quality of cashmere you may receive. There are very strict rules regarding what can be called cashmere; hence there is a price difference among cashmere sellers. When buying cashmere, beware and make sure it is from a reliable source -- such as well known textile manufacturers -- as the percentage of cashmere yarns can vary. The largest exporters of cashmere cloth are Italy, Japan and Scotland.