Fashion Breakdown – Everlasting Fashion

This nice coat from Edward Sexton might be probably the most uncommon mannequin in this collection, which has been trying on the types of my numerous bespoke coats, particularly how they’re minimize and made.

Sexton coats are inclined to have a little bit of drama to them anyway, as with the remainder of the tailoring. However once you mix that with an excellent coat’s lengthy collar and large lapels – all necessitated by the large, ten-button wrap – you get one thing significantly dramatic. 

I talked about why I commissioned the coat initially, and the way I’ve come to put on it through the years, in this Nice Issues put up. I received’t go into extra element right here. 

I’ll merely say that it’s not a coat I put on usually, however that I actually admire once I do. I wouldn’t encourage anybody to have it as their first bespoke, but when they love the work that goes into making one thing like this, and may discover a method to put on it naturally – as a part of their very own, very private model – it truly is great.

Right now, the primary focus shall be that tailoring work that always will get hidden behind the drama.



Home: Edward Sexton

Handle: 35 Savile Row, London


Cutter: Edward Sexton

Value (at time of writing): £7,500 (incl VAT)

Value of a two-piece swimsuit: £6,600

To ensure that an excellent coat to button proper up throughout the highest of the chest, it requires huge lapels that fold down dramatically once they’re not closed. 

This fastening might be designed in a much less dramatic method if there’s a smaller wrap (the overlapping of the 2 sides) as with a standard trench coat. But when something an excellent coat goes in the other way, maximising the quantity of chest that’s coated by two layers of fabric. 

This was initially sensible, to offer the best safety to troopers that wore them. However over time the scale of that wrap, and the curved form the lapel creates because it runs across the fringe of the chest, have change into intrinsically linked with an entire set of navy clothes, whatever the sensible benefits. 

This huge wrap makes the coat very heat, and I discover probably the most sensible method to put on it’s usually with the right-hand aspect buttoned up on the collar bone, however the left aspect left open – as proven within the picture under from that Nice Issues put up

This implies there is just one layer of fabric throughout the chest, and it makes it lots faster to undo once you come to take it off. 



Nonetheless from a tailoring standpoint – as with most coats on this collection – the again is definitely extra fascinating than the entrance. 

The drama right here comes from the mixture of the size, the roped shoulders, and people two curved seams operating from the sleeves into the waist. 

The seams are one thing you get on formalwear resembling a morning coat (coated in a collection right here) however a morning coat additionally has a central seam within the centre of the again, plus some sort of minimize throughout the waist. This has neither. So there’s an enormous uninterrupted again, with the 2 curving seams operating all the best way right down to the hem. It’s a shocking little bit of tailoring. 



I did have some points with this design from a sensible standpoint, with the 2 pleats within the decrease half opening quite simply. However Edward tacked down the primary three inches or so, and that solved the issue. 

Different fascinating tailoring factors are that these two curving seams completely meet the seams of the sleeves. It could look a bit of off in the event that they didn’t, however nonetheless it’s good. 

The collar and collar stand are additionally one piece, quite than two; and the big slanting pockets echo the angles and scale of the lapels. 



“It’s such a properly put collectively piece – one thing the place all the weather work collectively,” commented one tailor I talked to. “You may think about earlier iterations having totally different pockets, or a distinct button placement, and now this one feels just like the perfected model, reached after time and experimentation.”

I bear in mind speaking to Edward, who sadly handed away final 12 months, concerning the design on the time. He talked about his thought of the design had modified, together with the best way the again was put collectively. 

“You may’t assist feeling that it takes a tailor of a sure expertise to make one thing like this, which feels distinctive but perfected. That’s hardly ever the case once you see youthful tailors’ designs,” the tailor continued. “Let’s hope there are different individuals doing this now that Edward has gone.”



The fabric used is a mixture of Lumb’s Golden Bale wool and cashmere (85/15 cut up) – Harrison’s overcoating bunch, code 83924. 

I had a query lately from a reader about it, and whether or not it could make a good selection for a enterprise coat. I believe it could: the Golden Bale wool is all the time beautiful and that effective merino mixed with the cashmere makes it heat for a 21oz weight. 

The one caveat could be that the fabric has a bit of sheen, being such a effective merino, and I’d solely use it for a sensible enterprise coat. The luxurious really feel and easy end would make it much less applicable for a coat that somebody wished to put on casually as nicely, resembling my current B&Tailor.



Fashion breakdown

  • Shoulder width: 6¾ inches
  • Shoulder padding: Skinny on the neck, thick on the sleevehead
  • Sleevehead: Fairly tall
  • Lapel width: 7½ inches 
  • Collar width (at gorge): 4½ inches
  • Gorge peak: 6 inches
  • Outbreast pocket peak: n/a
  • Buttoning level: 21 inches
  • Wrap: 4¾ inches
  • Again size: 48½ inches

Different garments proven:

  • Lilac-and-white striped shirt, D’Avino
  • Gray woollen tie, Ralph Lauren
  • Mid-grey flannel trousers from Whitcomb & Shaftesbury
  • Black-calf ‘imitation brogues’, bespoke from Cleverley

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