The bespokesman - overcoats

For men who habitually wear suits the overcoat can seem unnecessary on all but the coldest of days – running between the station or car and the office the addition of a hat and a scarf will be adequate as long as the temperature stays above about 5ºC. However, these are the coldest of days and, much more importantly, we shouldn’t dress out of necessity, but out of a desire to shine. And there’s no better way to shine than with a bespoke overcoat; they bear even less relation to off-the-peg coats than bespoke suits do to off-the-peg versions.

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The main attractions of the bespoke coat, clearly visible on this beautiful double-breasted Welsh & Jefferies number, include the fact that, rather than being cut like a sack they can take on a flattering shape. Then there’s the appeal of cutting coats to a proper length – which is, for me, about mid way between the knee and the ankle – unlike the mean thigh-skimming overcoats that currently predominate on the high street. Finally there’s the fact that you can choose your cloth. In this case it’s a very heavy vintage Moorbrook with a depth of colour that puts boring monotone navy to shame. No wonder I’m hoping that the cold snap persists. www.welshandjefferies.com