The English Tweed overcoat – Everlasting Fashion


“Oh, that’s cosy.”

“It is like being wrapped up in an enormous tweedy blanket.”

“I may go to sleep within the nook like this.”

I’ve by no means achieved a pop-up the place I had the pattern of a brand new launch for individuals to strive on, and will see their reactions. In New York final month I did, and people had been a few of the first issues individuals mentioned once they placed on this, our new ‘English Tweed’ overcoat. 

I believed these particular reactions had been attention-grabbing as a result of they spotlight a key distinction between this and the PS Donegal. This can be a thick, cosy, winter overcoat. It’s one thing to wrap your self up in, to really feel cocooned, to step out into the chilly when you’ll be able to see your breath.

We’ve by no means achieved an actual winter coat on PS so it was one thing I needed to do that 12 months. Inspiration got here when I discovered an outdated British mannequin from 1980 in a classic retailer. It was massive, slouchy, with a frighteningly low buttoning level and a droopy collar. It was just a little an excessive amount of for at present – just a little too interval – however with some updates it has impressed one thing actually distinctive and trendy. 

The coat continues to be massive. Huge again, lengthy physique, beneficiant sleeve. It matches over every little thing, cinches within the heat, and buttons all the best way as much as the chin. However we moderated that collar form, so it now has a lovely line that runs alongside the sting of the collar after which all the best way down the lapel (beneath). 

Then with fingers within the coat pockets, it additionally has a stupendous form to the entrance. You possibly can see that within the picture above: lengthy strains from every lapel, stitched to maintain them lengthy and straight.

However you may also button or belt it in a number of methods. The buttoning level (the center of the three) continues to be pretty low – one of many issues that offers the coat greater than just a little of a louche Armani really feel. 

You possibly can fasten it there, with the belt secured on the again, and go in your means (beneath). Or you are able to do the other, and simply use the belt: cinching it throughout these lengthy open lapels and giving it a thrown-on gown look (second picture). 

That is what I like a couple of free, unstructured double-breasted coat: this playfulness and ease.

You don’t get it a lot with tailor-made overcoats, however you do with a basic raincoat: there are such a lot of methods to put on it, a lot character you can provide it. 

On the belt, it’s necessary to notice that it doesn’t have a prong or holes. It’s so thick it doesn’t want them. As a substitute, you set the belt via the buckle and pull it again on itself, tucking it both within the loop on the facet (beneath) or via itself.

I discover this actually satisfying – much less fussy and less complicated than knotting. In truth it’s a great way to safe the belt on the again too, in case you don’t wish to use it. Pull the buckle to at least one facet, then put the opposite finish via the other loop, again via the buckle, and tuck it in. 

I’ve included just a few photographs on the backside of those numerous beltings and buttonings, as I knew readers would ask. However I can do a extra specific article sooner or later if that’s useful. 

OK let’s speak in regards to the fabric, because it’s stunning and simply as vital to how the English Tweed overcoat is totally different to the Donegal. 

This materials is heavier, tweedier and spongier. It weighs 800g in comparison with the 720g of the Donegal, however feels a lot hotter due to the open means it’s woven – extra like a tweed – in addition to the double fronts and belt.

Which will get us to the title. I believed ‘English Tweed’ was good as a result of it recollects all of the English features that make it up. It makes use of undyed wool from English sheep – the dark-brown, cream and gray yarns you’ll be able to see in it are the pure colors of the sheep themselves. 

It was spun in England, and that yarn was woven by Marling & Evans in Huddersfield – earlier than being assembled by Non-public White VC down the street in Manchester. Add the truth that it was designed by us in London, utilizing a chunk of English classic as inspiration, and you’ve got a really Anglo creation. If there have been such a factor as an English tweed, this is able to be it. 

In truth there’s a exceptional story about that classic piece that impressed it, and its connection to PWVC and M&E, however I would save that for a later date. There are too many questions buzzing round my head that I do know readers can be asking. 

So this coat is clearly totally different in type, in weight, in season from the Donegal. However given the patterns are pretty related (smaller herringbone, darkish brown slightly than black, totally different texture, however nonetheless) do I believe a reader may personal each?

Many readers, sure. I’ve each and love each – I wouldn’t wish to hand over both. I additionally know a whole lot of readers may have only one or two good coats although, and are solely starting on constructing wardrobe. For them, I can see they may not need each. For everybody else, I believe they’d get pleasure from each.

And naturally many readers don’t have that individual Donegal, have it in different colors, or certainly (shockingly) personal no Donegal in any respect. 

I believe this slouchy, low-slung slice of basic menswear seems finest in a brown-and-grey herringbone. It fits the classic-but-casual look, in addition to the echoes of early eighties type. As ever, the intention of the PS Store is to provide stunning distinctive items, slightly than fill out a wardrobe or a ‘assortment’. 

Let’s summarise the opposite design parts. Some can be acquainted to readers from different coats, however some are just a little totally different:

  • Cashmere-lined pockets. (So satisfying to plunge your fingers in on a chilly day.)
  • And so they’re via pockets, with entry to massive buckets on the within – as proven above. (That’s the place my gloves go, or a hat.)
  • Two slanted pockets behind the lapels. (For straightforward entry to cellphone, pockets and so forth.)
  • Wrist straps to slender the sleeve towards the chilly. (I additionally discover I hold them wider once I’m sporting a jacket beneath.)
  • Stand-up collar. (With crescent inserted on the again so it really stands.)
  • Two-hole matte horn buttons. (Fascinating how I’ve seen this cropping up across the place now.)

As with the perfect menswear, just about all type via operate. 

I’ve proven the coat right here with a variety of outfits, for instance the way it works with a go well with and tie, and a T-shirt and denims. 

The primary outfit is a navy knit and black denims, although the latter may simply be charcoal flannels for one thing smarter. Then there’s a brown go well with with a white shirt and tie, and with out the tie. And lastly a white T-shirt, blue denims and loafers – probably the most informal of the lot. 

Just like the lately launched raincoat, it’s very satisfying to have the ability to put on a coat this casually. (Even when the climate would imply I might normally put on it with a hoodie or sweatshirt, slightly than only a T-shirt.)

It’s not arduous for a model to make a DB coat. They discover an outdated picture, give it to a manufacturing unit, choose a inventory fabric and put it on e-comm. However with out good design, the manufacturing unit may make the sleeve too slim, or put the belt too excessive, or shorten the size as a result of it’s what ‘everybody’ is doing. 

Good design is about pondering via each facet of a chunk like a DB, and making acutely aware aesthetic decisions. That is what makes a chunk really feel totally different if you put it on, and why it stays a favorite after 5, 10, 20 years of damage. It turns into the piece you look ahead to sporting each season, and even a reference for everybody else. 

I’m not going to say that’s what our new coat essentially is – that’s for readers to determine – however in an age when there are many manufacturers promoting a lot of coats, all self-referencing and even undercutting one another, it’s good design that actually stands out. That plus high quality are what are definitely worth the cash in the long term. 

The English Tweed overcoat, splendidly made by Non-public White VC in Manchester, is on the PS Store website now priced £1042 (plus taxes). It is going to ship to everybody subsequent week. When you’ve got any questions, do ask within the feedback beneath.


  • Low-slung, slouchy double-breasted raglan coat 
  • Constructed from undyed English wool, woven in Huddersfield by Marling & Evans
  • Belt with leather-based buckle, unholed to double again on itself
  • Two-hole matte horn buttons
  • Cashmere-lined hip pockets, each with via pockets to bigger pockets inside
  • Two inbreast slanted pockets
  • Manufactured by Non-public White VC in Manchester


  • A beneficiant physique match and size, designed to be cinched for heat
  • Within the photos Simon wears a Medium (4)
  • He wears a measurement 40 (50 European) go well with jacket and is six toes tall (183cm)
  • Suits the identical measurement as different Non-public White-made outerwear (aside maybe from the Bridge Coat)
  • If doubtful, examine measurements to a coat you already personal, taking into consideration the match is supposed to be beneficiant. Don’t fear if it seems or feels just a little massive
  • Chest is measured 2.5cm beneath underarm; waist at 47cm down centre again; size from backside of collar on the again, to hem

Dimension chart:

  X-Small/2 Small/3 Medium/4 Massive/5 X-Massive/6 XX-Massive/7
Chest 52cm 54.5 58 61.5 65 68.5
Waist 53 55 59 62.5 66 69.5
Backside hem 60 62.5 66 69.5 73 76.5
Size 115.5 116 117 118 119 120
Sleeve 82 83 84.5 86 87.5 89
Cuff (width) 16.8 17.1 17.5 17.9 18.3 18.7


The English Tweed overcoat is made to be straightforward to change.

  • Minimize just a little longer than most trendy overcoats, each to be extra sensible and flattering
  • However can simply be shortened by a tailor – 10cm with out interrupting the steadiness or making the again pleat look too brief
  • Will also be lengthened barely if wanted, by round 4cm. Inlay is left for that goal
  • The sleeves will also be lengthened by round 3cm, and they are often shortened. Shortening by 2cm could be straightforward – greater than that will require the wrist strap to be moved, however that isn’t an enormous job for a tailor
  • The physique will also be narrowed, however this is not essentially really helpful, because the type is meant to be roomy. We wouldn’t counsel taking greater than an inch on all sides (nonetheless 4 inches in circumference)


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