“I take the precaution of a good coat and a short friend.” – Sherlock Holmes (BBC’s Sherlock)
As the last cold days of winter linger with us, we are delighted to showcase one of the last bespoke overcoats of the season.
This Holland & Sherry textile -- from the brand's Pardessus collection -- has been transformed. What started as yards of cloth is now a military-style overcoat with both romantic and rugged elements. The metal buckle at the neck brings an industrial flair contrasted sharply with the piping and paneling at the shoulder. This detail adds a sense of romance to the coat reminiscent of the portraits of the 18th and 19th centuries. The coat also features a curved strap at the neck which connects to the buckle on the right shoulder, as well as a button-down standup collar. The light grey colour is crisp yet melancholy like an old photograph. The piping elements at the shoulders and back panels remind us of the iron roses featured in the decor about our atelier.
In the past, a gentleman would wear a greatcoat as a necessity against the elements. Today, a greatcoat is a fashion statement as well as a practical garment –– especially here in Canada. Many men of the 18th century had themselves painted wearing their greatcoats into battle, like the famed Napoleon Bonaparte, which led to greatcoats becoming popular as military uniforms in the 19th century. As the military industrialized, the greatcoat moved from military to fashion statement for the wealthy men till the industrial revolution made the greatcoat accessible for all social classes. Greatcoats are best known for their appearances on characters in cinema and television, such as BBC’s Sherlock Holmes, which has increased the popularity of Belstaff’s coats since Benedict Cumberbatch sported one in the show.