A 4-Season Topcoat

February 16th, 2016

I’ve always loved lightweight outerwear. It’s a sub-category of menswear that I always find to be underserved and underrated. A good lightweight topcoat is so rare that it’s an instant stand-out; in an elegant, classic menswear kind of way.

The latest addition to our collection is a wool/cashmere topcoat in a classic black & cream glenplaid. It’s unstructured, unlined, and designed to be worn year-round. Think of it like a layering piece – chunky sweaters in the Fall, flannel suits in the Winter, oxford shirts in the Spring, and t-shirts for a Summer evening.

Here’s a few examples of the endless potential of a tailored topcoat in a 4-season fabric.

    Monday Morning


    Two wrongs don’t make a right, but two lightweights can make a heavyweight.

    Pairing a cotton suit with a lightweight topcoat is great way to extend the life of your “Spring/Summer” wardrobe. There’s no reason you can’t wear a combo like this into the Fall, or even on mild Winter days…especially since our khaki cotton suit is a beast. 


    Thursday Evening


    Date Night? Cocktail Party? Work Event? Just looking for a simple & comfortable way to look suave?

    Here’s an easy combo that hasn’t failed in like fifty years, and it’s just three classic menswear pieces: a tailored topcoat, a fitted turtleneck, and a tailored trouser.

    This is one of those looks that I think represents our vision of “Slow Fashion” (the opposite of “Fast Fashion”, which we firmly believe is killing our planet – environmentally, culturally, morally, aesthetically, etc). We are only interested in providing our clients with long-term investment garments that are designed to last the test of time and built to be worn early and often.


    • Grey cashmere turtleneck by Ralph Lauren
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Black pebbled leather kilted chukka boots by J. FitzPatrick

    Saturday Night


    How do you add an understated elegance to a t-shirt and jeans?

    Throw on a tailored topcoat and a classic pair of penny loafers.



    • Sunglasses by Ray-Ban
    • Black scoop neck t-shirt by Alexander Wang
    • Black waxed jeans by Nudie Jeans
    • Black leather penny loafers by Bass Weejun

    Oversized Glencheck 640

    A closer look at the cloth: this beauty is 95% Wool, 5% Cashmere milled in Italy by jacketing experts Lanificio di Pray.

    I only wish we had more of this incredible fabric for you guys… We have about 40 yards of this fabric – enough to make about 12 jackets, give or take 1-2, depending on the size of the clients who order.

    Oversized Glencheck Topcoat

    All of our custom topcoats are made in America with a light chest canvas, soft natural shoulder and a 1/4 lining – which is key to the jacket remaining breathable in a variety of temperatures.

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    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

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    • Reuben

      Very nice piece of clothing Dan, here on So Cal we can probably wear it all winter long, properly layered of course…

    • harvey

      Great looks! Although I don’t know about black shoes with a khaki suit

      • AdamE

        I actually think the black works because of the accessories, and the way it picks up the black from the topcoat… That said, I’d have gone brown for sure (partially because I try to avoid black shoes as much as possible… because I love the spectrum and interest of the brown shoes available…).

        Killer top coat though!