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. 


Pure Cotton Suit in Khaki

White USA Oxford Shirt

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

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.

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.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier