The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat

The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat

Meg Lukens Noonan


In today’s global of speedy style, is there a spot for a hand made $50,000 coat?
 
while journalist Meg Lukens Noonan discovered of an unthinkably pricey, totally hand made overcoat fourth-generation tailor had made for one in every of his longtime consumers, she trigger on an event to appreciate its provenance, and from that impulse unspooled wealthy and colourful tales approximately its parts, the centuries-old bespoke and its traditions, and the grasp craftsmen whose exchange is an paintings form.
 
In The Coat Route, Noonan items jointly the production of the coat in query, tracing its parts to their far-flung resources, from the distant mountains of Peru, the place villagers shear vicunas—whose delicate fleece is extra coveted and infrequent than the best cashmere—to the brilliant Florentine headquarters of Stefano Ricci, the world’s maximum silk dressmaker; from the family-owned French textile residence Dormeuil, based in 1842, which drapes kings, presidents, and film stars to the 150-year-old English button-making company that creates the ne plus extremely of fasteners out of Indian water-buffalo horn and the workshop of the grasp hand engraver who makes the eighteen-karat gold plaque that hangs contained in the coat’s collar. We meet the dapper son-in-law of an Australian wine baron who commissions the coat’s construction, and we come to understand John Cutler, one of many best bespoke tailors on the planet, who works his magic with scissors and thread out of his Sydney store, redolent of cedar and English wool.
 
that includes a forged of offbeat, obsessed, and wildly wonderful characters, The Coat Route provides a wealthy tapestry of neighborhood masters, person artisans, and family-owned businesses that experience stood opposed to the tide of mass consumerism. As Noonan involves detect, those craftsmen, a few of whom locate themselves close to retirement without seen successors, have expanding cause to think that their method is the simplest way—best for his or her shoppers, most sensible for the surroundings, and top for the standard of lifetime of all concerned. The Coat course is a love track to objects of lasting value.

Praise for The Coat Route
 
“A lively journey of style heritage . . . The Coat Route compels us to recollect that at the back of each garment is a deep heritage and 2 human hands—whether these palms stitched the dress’s hem or pulled a lever that stringed jointly that $30 must-have jacket.”The Wall road Journal
 
“Delightful . . . The Coat Route celebrates those that paintings with their palms, developing whatever attractive and lasting.”The Seattle Times
 
“[Meg Lukens Noonan’s] exploration of the company of favor is attention-grabbing and thorough, and her exam of bespoke items redefines the phrases luxurious and obsession.”—The day-by-day Beast
 
“Traditions of bespoke tailoring (and different similar crafts) are skirting the sting of extinction. Noonan’s pleasant tale makes us desire they endure.”Publishers Weekly

“A terrific tale, brilliantly advised . . . I couldn’t have loved it more.”—Bill Bryson
 
“As desirable as any secret or mystery, The Coat Route demystifies the rarefied universe of bespoke tailoring and gives a lens into the tradition that covets it. It educates and evokes. I couldn’t placed it down!”—Tim Gunn

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