OPTION #1 IS THE CLASSIC WINTER OVERCOAT WORN OVER YOUR SUIT. OPTION #2 IS THE PARKA OVER THE SUIT OPTION WHICH MANAGES TO GET EVERYONE STARING AT YOU, WHILE YOU PROMISE YOURSELF NEVER AGAIN.
But what is a man to do when the elements gang up against, and the temperature drops and the wind gusts blow the snow into your eyes and the skies turn a dark shade of grey?
Your classic overcoat quickly becomes dysfunctional against such a setup. So what is one supposed to do against Mother Nature’s wallop?
WHY NOT MY PARKA?
For starters, look at the way a parka is designed. It is body hugging and padded with sleeves ending in a cuffed rib sweater like fashion. The contours of a parka do not align with the contours of your suit.
Definitely, a parka is not meant to contain a suit. Neither, is the parka long enough to give you much coverage in the lower appendages of the body. Thus forcing you look for other solutions to keep you warm.
WHY NOT MY OVERCOAT?
For sure, you can use it in fall and spring or in mild weather, but when the weather forecast calls for driving snow you simply need to be better prepared.
At Sam’s, we have appreciated this demand and have developed the down-filled winter overcoat.
THE DOWN FILLED CLASSIC CASHMERE
Imagine, having in your mind’s eye a picture of yourself wearing a perfectly styled overcoat in warm cashmere over your favourite suit as you enter the lobby of a swanky downtown hotel.
That’s what I do when my client explains to me, their tales of freezing in an inadequate winter coat. Thick fuzzy cashmere on the outside, a fine colourful lining on the inside and in between are pillows of luxurious goose down quilted between two tightly woven fabrics.: fabric so fine that even the elusive down cannot seep itself through it.
THE STYLING FEATURES ARE AS UNIQUE AS YOU ARE.
A high collar to protect from the winds but not complete without a removable hood. A zipper with two sliders that allows you to adjust the opening at the top and the bottom. We keep in mind that it is mighty difficult to zip up a zipper with your hands in mittens, so we have large zipper pulls to keep it easy for you. A rather large mesh pocket helps you to store your scarf and gloves safely and without a mess when you reach your destination. Handy pockets for your wallet and a cellphone are incorporated.
A customer asked for a special pocket to store face tissue. No problem. An inside pocket to hold a 2-way radio. Consider it done.
Two welt pockets in the front at a comfortable height to enable you to pop your hands in your pocket. These pockets are lined with a soft and warm fabric to keep your hands warm.
Customizing: Choose your fabric color, lining color and styling. Sam will advise you what is practical, happily incorporate your design elements, and come up with a functional product.
Want to incorporate more luxury in an already luxurious coat? Why not? We can tip the collar with shearling at the inside for added warmth and unbridled luxury.
All said, the down-filled Melton overcoat is capable of keeping you warm in extremely cold temperatures.
Customers have worn and walked in -25C for 20 minutes to half an hour on multiple occasions.
I always recount this conversation with a friend and customer Michael M. on a particularly beautiful winter morning. Michael stopped by me and said to me he had a problem with his overcoat. When asked he said with a straight face – “it’s too hot”.