Closeouts. When dressing for winter, a fine topcoat is every bit as important as the fine suit beneath it, and John Varvatos Star USA's wool twill overcoat is constructed in a commuter-friendly length -- with button-out liner for really cold days.
Reviewed by Sean from Washington DC on Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Right out of the box, this coat looks and feels great. Unfortunately, when I put it on over just a shirt, it couldn't have been tighter around my mid section; even after ordering a larger size to accommodate a sport or suit jacket. Also, if you look under the fabric tag below the coat's collar, it will clearly state that it is "Made in Vietnam."
Reviewed by Bob in Chicago from Evanston, IL on Saturday, October 22, 2011
I am delighted to see Sierra Trading Post picking up John Varvatos apparel. He does great, all-american redesigns of classic men's wear---losing some of the stuffiness or old-school patterns of design, but keeping to an American heritage. (You may have seen the Chrysler commercial that features his work as springing from his hometown of Detroit and from his love of rock and roll.)I'm going to use this top coat for fall and winter use, for my every-day work at a university. It's just long enough to cover a sportcoat. I like that the coat has details and lines that don't speak to the traditions so much of a Brooks Brothers or a [@]wool/cashmere topcoat---this coat is a bit less formal/traditional by one notch or two than those designs. Beautiful, simple lines, I'd say. So, I give it 5 stars for overall design.I was disappointed to find that the coat itself is NOT really made of wool---despite the product heading in the Sierra Trading Post catalog. The coat fabric is polyester twill. Only the button-out winter liner is made of wool---and that wool liner fabric is a very basic edition. Nevertheless, I am going to keep the Varvatos coat UNLESS I see evidence early on of polyester pilling of the twill exterior.
Best Uses: Dressier than ski shell, Everyday topcoat, Great for a pub, Not for super formal use
Cons: Button liner not zip in, NOT Wool as claimed
Pros: Classic overcoat lineage, With Varvatos spin