Review Details

THE TOWN COAT (Unlined)

THE TOWN COAT (Unlined)

Product Review (submitted on January 16, 2013):
I'm giving this coat four instead of five stars only because of one detail that, while significant to me, may be minor to others (I'll explain later).

First of all, I came across Stormy Kromer, because I was looking to buy clothing made in the U.S. I've become a bit weary of many consequences stemming from our current approach to a globalized system of commerce, one of which is the joint effect of lost American jobs and the exploitation of labor forces in certain countries, all resulting from (intentionally?) loophole-laden trade regulations. [OK, focus... now, tell people about the coat.]

I liked the story behind Stormy Kromer's inception, and I liked this coat the moment I saw it online, so I placed my order for a charcoal one sized Large. When I received it and took it out of its bag, my immediate impression was that I was holding a solid piece of clothing made from high-quality material. The charcoal color can be safely considered a darker gray (to my eye, it's not the darkest I've seen but dark enough to be categorized as such). At a glance, the styling of the coat was very attractive to me, just as it had been online.

When I tried it on, it felt, again, very solid--not bulky, not heavy, but solid. Without actually taking it out in the cold, I just had the sense that I would be comfortably warm in this thing.

Here's my one gripe. I had, rightly or wrongly, the expectation (from the way the coat looked to me in the online photo) that it would be somewhat fitted along the torso. It's not. I wanted the more fitted look, because I'm getting more vain in my old age, and I have the broader shoulder/narrower torso body type (not to an extraordinary extent but just typically speaking; i.e., I don't have a problem finding coats with trimmer torsos off the rack, so I'm no specialty case). The vertical hang of this town coat by Stormy Kromer, from the armpits down, made me look wider than I am, and the excess material consequently had a bit of a tendency to bunch and fold. I'm no tailor, but I'm wild-guessing that for a bit of extra coin, this probably wouldn't be a hard alteration to make. In all other ways, the coat fit me properly (I'm 5'11", 180 lbs. and wear a 16 1/2 x 35 shirt and a 42R suit).

Bottom line: if you're looking for a fitted coat and think, from its picture, that this town coat fits the bill, you might be disappointed. If you don't care about that sort of thing, I can promise you that you'll be buying yourself one heck of a nice coat.

Some people might find this town coat's price tag a bit much, given the choices out there. I understand--I gave that some thought myself. But in the end, I concluded that it's a fair price for what you get (considering that high-quality coats are often priced higher than this). And, contrary to what might be said about goods manufactured in certain other countries (and I use the word "might" so as not to broad-brush all overseas manufacturers, many of whom are on the up-and-up), I'm willing to believe that your money spent on Stormy Kromer is an investment in good folks and a good cause.