Unfortunately, a lot of vintage Harris tweed overcoats are rather shapeless, with their function of keeping the wearer warm the sole consideration--style being left far behind.
That's certainly NOT true of this beauty!
Cut from old-fashioned, heavyweight Harris Tweed--the sort of cloth that is traditionally associated with the brand--this was Made in England for Saks of Fifth Avenue. As well as being the proper weight for an overcoat the tweed that this coat is cut from is absolutely wonderful. It is a classic broad herringbone tweed in brown and cream, flecked throughout with gorse yellow, pumpkin orange, forest green, and peat black--absolutely beautiful!
The coat itself does full justice to the cloth. Cut as a double-breasted overcoat with a six button front, this has lovely rounded peak lapels and shoulder epaulettes with button fastenings. All of the buttons are the classic dark brown leather-covered and metal shanked football buttons that are perfect for Harris tweed. The coat is fully canvassed and fully lined, and has a single center vent. The lining is a wonderful 1960s geometric lining in crystallized-honey brown. But the period details don't end there--this coat still retains its retailer interior label--usually removed prior to sale--which is hand-stamped "EXPORT" in red--a testament to the 1960s restrictions on foreign trade that British manufacturers labored under.
This coat has a single deep interior pocket, and two deep slash pockets on the outside, together with a single deep breast pocket. The Harris tweed label on the interior is a lovely rare example, being baby blue, rather than the usual red or green from that era,
This coat is in absolutely excellent condition; it still has acid-free paper in one arm from its careful storage in a cedarcloset. It was very sparingly worn--if it was worn at all. (Although please note that the lining is merely basted in for a length of the bottom hem--and easy fix, should you wish to fix this!)
This is an exceptionally rare and very beautiful coat, and so is a bargain at just $125 > 110, or offer, boxed and shipped in the USA.
Tagged 44L, but this is a vinatge size--and likely generous even then. This measures closer to a modern 40L or (maybe) a slim 42.
Chest: 22 1/2
Sleeve: 27 (+2 1/4)
Shoulder: 18 3/4
Length (bottom of collar): 44