It hasn’t taken very long for several more interesting – but ultimately unwearable – items to surface from the depths of our wardrobes for public display. After all, if they’re floating around on display somewhere on the vast sea of the internet, they’re not useless, right?… right?
Very Early C20th ‘Stresemann’ Black Lounge Coat; 36R
First, this black lounge jacket has been kept on as a more or less perfect example of a German Stresemann style coat.
Supposedly, Gustav Stresemann took to wearing this kind of jacket while working at the Reichstag during the inter-war years. According to some sources, it differs from typical black lounge jackets by preserving some formal aspects of frock and morning coats.
This jacket is amazing, but unfortunately it’s rather short in the body (the hem is the same height as the cuffs) and as a result doesn’t look especially elegant. It’s hard to imagine an occasion when one would choose to wear this instead of something with a more fitted, flattering shape.
The final interesting point is that it was tailored in Garmisch, an old Bavarian market town that Hitler considered too small and insignificant to be allowed near the Munich Olympic games, so forced it to merge with neighbouring Partenkirchen in 1935. We know at least therefore, that it was made before 1935.
1940s Swedish M109 Field Coat
Although not especially elegant, these coats are actually highly sought after, and not just by men hanging around markets in small south-east towns selling imported, fake cigarettes out of carrier bags. Indeed, it is the coat worn by Bruce Willis throughout the film Twelve Monkeys and by Ed Harris in Enemy at the Gates. Anyway, I bought it with the intention of using it to watch rugby matches in the freezing cold… unsurprisingly, I have yet to do so!
1907 French Bespoke Velvet Evening Waistcoat
This is incredible and quite honestly one of the nicest things I have ever seen…
It was tailored by a company called Charvet in 1907 for the impressive sounding Marquis de Morra. It is cut from a wondrous almost iridescent dark blue velvet, which, apart from one nick on the right hand edge, is in perfect condition.
Unbelievably Charvet still exist and are one of Europe’s most elite shirt makers. In case you’re interested, here is a picture of the shop in 1909, two years after this waistcoat was made.
Any suggestions as to how to pull off wearing this waistcoat would be very much appreciated!