Introducing: The navy Donegal Coat

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The cut and contours of this, the PS Donegal Coat, will be familiar to most readers. So I’ll focus on the colour to begin with. 

This is our navy iteration, and it is primarily a large, 3x3 herringbone weave that alternates between navy and black. The combination gives the coat the true dark navy colour prized by fans of classic menswear. 

But I wouldn’t want it to be just that. Partly because that’s not what a donegal coat is - we’re using authentic donegal yarn, and there have to be flecks a plenty - but also because I didn’t want this to be just a conservative, formal business-type coat. 

The thing that pleased me most about last year’s iteration, the large mid-grey herringbone, was that it wasn’t quite what people were expecting. The pattern was larger than a traditional overcoat, and this gave it a contemporary feel. 

It surprised some readers, but in the end became the most successful collaboration we’ve ever done. That classic pattern, in a slightly larger size, made it wearable with everything from suits to sweats. 

This year’s navy is in the same vein. 

It’s dark, but the number of brown, cream and grey flecks in it make the coat much less conservative, and (to me) more interesting. 

It’s still classic enough to wear with a charcoal suit, white shirt and black shoes (above). But I think it also looks very stylish - clean and modern - with just a navy knit (below). 

In fact, there are three slightly different office outfits here, in perhaps a futile attempt to reflect many levels of formality: flannel suit and shirt; navy knit and shirt; navy knit alone. All worn with black loafers and the occasional navy watch cap

And then thre’s an outfit with jeans and a sweatshirt (below) to show how the same colours could be used in something that is more casual still. 

That’s a grey sweat from The Real McCoy’s, over a PS T-shirt, with Rubato jeans and Alden boots. The coat looks just as good with a light-wash jean, but the dark denim continues the theme. 

Oh and there’s also a shot lower down of the coat with a pink oxford shirt, just to remind us of a different colour navy looks great with. Although no one here needs instructions on what looks good with navy. 

Milad Abedi and I shot this around Somerset House and another few places in London, on a cold and overcast day - and I was struck by how many compliments the coat got. 

It might have been that no one had expected the suddenly cold weather, and were envious of any coat at all. But I think it was at least partly how interesting the pattern is. 

Walking in and out of the Somerset House cafe, on different occasions, a man and a woman both said ‘nice coat’ as they passed. Anyone who lives in London will know how rare that is, and I can’t help feeling there’s something about this iteration that draws people in. 

It’s not anonymous, like a plain navy; but it doesn’t declare itself loudly either. Milad said it reminded him of the images the James Webb space telescope started sending back earlier this year, and I know what he means. The depth of space, with all the constellations scattered across it.

Anyway, that’s 500 words on why I really like this coat, and chose it for this year’s iteration. It is available now on the Permanent Style shop

For those that haven’t been following this collaboration for the past few years, here are some of the details. 

The PS Donegal Coat was born ​​out of a need for a versatile coat that could be worn with jeans for a walk, or tailoring to the office. Something that could be thrown on, almost without thought, and yet be rigorously designed such that it always flattered the wearer. 

To that end, it is a little longer than most (but can be shortened if required) to add a touch of flair, and that’s balanced by a slightly higher collar that effectively frames the face. The collar stays up when put up, due to curved insert on the neck. The standard throat latch is reshaped to sit more elegantly when not in use. 

It has both two internal breast pockets, and a large hip pocket in which to keep a hat, book or anything else bulky. The outer hip pockets are lined with cashmere (always my favourite touch).

It has a distinctive yet subtle lining in antique gold; and the buttons are two-hole buffalo horn - a style more commonly seen on Savile Row, and reflecting my love of bespoke. 

Just as important as the style, though - in fact probably more so - is the Donegal yarn. 

Donegal tweed is so pleasing and unique in its texture. There’s slubbiness in there, an authentic and natural feel, plus great colour variation when you look closely, but compared to other traditional cloths it never feels old-fashioned - unlike a big windowpane check.

The tweed is spun exclusively for us by Donegal Yarns in Ireland, the last remaining mill that makes the yarn - before being woven in Lancashire and manufactured by Private White VC in Manchester.

You can read all about Donegal Yarns in our factory visit - to the Willy Wonka of wool - here


To start with on alterations, I should also say that the coat can be lengthened as well as shortened, and I’ve done that on a couple of my coats, which I prefer. But then I’m above average height (6 foot) and have a predisposition towards longer coats. 

  • The coat deliberately has more inlay than most RTW coats, increasing the possibilities for alteration.
  • Length can easily be shortened - up to 10cm without interrupting much of the balance. It can also be lengthened slightly, by up to 5cm.
  • The sleeves can be lengthened by around 4cm if required.
  • And they can be shortened. Shortening by 1.5cm would be easy - more than that would require the wrist strap to be moved.
  • The sleeve width can be increased from bicep to cuff up to 2.5cm.
  • The body - chest, waist, and hem width - can be increased by up to 4cm in circumference.


  • The coats are available at William Crabtree in London for the next couple of weeks, to try on if you would like to. Purchases are then made online.
  • The coat costs £825 plus VAT. (The price has gone up slightly, only to reflect increased costs.)
  • At the moment it is exclusively available through Permanent Style, on the webshop here.
  • There are sizes from XS (chest 46, Private White size 2) up to XXL.
  • Have a close look at the measurements below if you're unsure of sizing, and if in doubt compare them to a coat you already own.
  • The fit is pretty standard, however, so taking your normal size is usually safe. 
  • I am six-foot tall and usually wear a size 50-chest jacket. I am wearing a Medium (4).
  • As with all PS products, there are free returns should you want to change sizes. Ships from the UK.


X-Small/2 Small/3 Medium/4 Large/5 X-Large/6 XX-Large/7
Chest 50.5cm 53 56.5 60 63.5 67
Waist 52 54.5 58 61.5 65 68.5
Bottom hem 58.5 61 64.5 68 71.5 75
Length 108.4 109 110 111 112 113
Sleeve 81 82 83 84 85 86
Cuff (width) 13.8 14.1 14.5 14.9 15.3 15.7


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Beautiful coat, Simon. Unfortunately too long for my taste. With my 175cm and very slim built, I prefer much shorter coats that end at mid-thigh; otherwise I look lost. But I see the elegance of a longer coats for men that are significantly taller.


Simon have you thought about having a Slack or similar where followers can interact with you live? it would be quite interesting for those that cannot meet you in person at pop ups. Anyhow, what is your thought on the survival of tailoring in the near future given all of the casual movements in the office? It feels almost strange to invest into tailoring given that everything is going casual, whether the office, the gentleman club, or the high end cocktail bar, causal seems to make tailoring feel out of place. Maybe it is not that extreme, but it is getting there. What are your thoughts?


Maybe it’s more to do with slimness, but I’m only 180cm, I don’t think 5cm shorter would truly make you look lost in it – Ethan Wong is shorter than either of us and he sometimes wears big, long coats and looks great. I think it’s partly a case of getting used to and comfortable with something a bit different.


I’m 172 cm and my favourite overcoat (I would even say my favourite piece of clothing) is well below the knee. I know that they make me look shorter and it’s been noticed even by “non menswear people” but apart from more elegant they are significantly more practical when it gets really cold.

Initials CG

Markus, you can wear a longer coat that will actually lengthen your silhouette visually. As long as the shoulders aren’t overly wide, you can achieve a tall slim look.
I think if you get the coat to fall slightly below the knee -like an inch or two- it should be just touching the top of your calf.
Some would say half calf or slightly lower. I know it’s another inch or so but that starts to shorten the legs.
I think Flusser’s Dressing the Man describes it better.
Try it out Markus, you might find you can get into longer coats easier than you thought.


Oh come on, Simon, be fair! I’ve already got two of your Donegal coats – the brown, and last year’s grey herringbone – and now I find myself desperately trying to rationalise the purchase of another one! I’ve had more compliments on the Donegals than anything else – I’m looking forward to colder weather just to have an excuse to wear them again. Repeat after me: “I do not need another Donegal coat, I do not need another Donegal coat…”
To be serious for a moment, this looks utterly gorgeous and if I didn’t already have far too many coats I’d snap one up in a heartbeat…


I agree. Time to update the “if you only need 5 coats” article- just get all the colours of this beauty


You need an article, If you can only have 5 PS coats….. ?


if you manage to get colours you want, PS is enough for a coat capsule… for me it would be bridge coat, charcoal Donegal, olive trench, wax walker, and brown valstarino. I’m half way there!


Looks great in navy. I love how readily apparent the flecks are against the navy. If I had the money and space I would love to have one in each colour. As it is the brown one brings me great joy whenever I get to wear it.


actually a really lovely colour! but going purely by colour, and seing as I’m trying to end up with no more than 4-5 pieces out outerwear, and I already have your bridge coat, I don’t think its a good idea to have 2 navy coats.

Matt L

Simon. The coat looks like the night’s sky. It’s beautiful of course. And really based on these photos I would call it the most casual one of the donegal coats you’ve produced, very bright despite being dark navy.

I hope you’ll forgive me if I say it slightly brings to mind a cartoon wizard’s blue robe covered with stars and moons. Obviously it doesn’t *look* like that, but I am reminded of it!

Matt L

Yes that’s true, I hope you understand that the association was pretty loose. I suppose what I was really try to get at is that the coat is fun. And it’s an excellent implementation of the often dicey idea of “fun” in classic menswear. Huge fan. Unfortunately my list of coats to get is already too long for this winter. I hope to see it again in future years.


what about grey one? I could have sworn you said there will be couple pieces for those that didn’t preorder and I was on waitlist for that one.


thank you!


The coat indeed looks wonderful, Simon. May I ask if you are considering offering say a sports jacket in similar styles in the future? All else being equal, I will not hesitate for a moment snapping it up. I’m sure I can’t be the only one interested either.


Hi Simon, which one do you think is more versatile, this navy or the previous grey herringbone?

I have unfortunately missed the pre-order of the grey version, when will it be available at the webshop?

Thank you.


Ahh Simon, man, this is really, REALLY nice. First thing’s first, great choice of outfits on this one, from smart to more casual, from black to grey to colour 8, I know you must put thought into a shoot like this, always does the PS products justice, that includes the setting, beautiful London architecture in this case.

I think this is my favourite iteration to date. Reason for that is, as you mention yourself, the slightly larger 3×3 and the Donegal yarn with just a touch of character, it’s like a dark, inky version of last years grey. I think the black in the herringbone plays a large part in why this works so well in smart outfits as well as casual, applicable to all the iterations, would that be fair to say?

Now, since you mentioned the shearling coming up in a couple months time, I’m keeping my powder dry for that, otherwise I’d be pulling the trigger on this in a heartbeat. My finances can only stretch so far. And even then, I’m still tempted.

I suppose that leads onto my last question… Will we see a return of the preorder early next year with the navy included? And actually, lastly, where do you go from here? The four iterations seem to cover all bases, what next?

Robert M

I must say this is my least favourite of all iterations. Maybe it’s just the photos, but the flecks seem to stand out way too much against the navy background. I certainly see the night-sky comparison, but for me it’s not really a positive. Of course it’s not exactly the same as all the weird fashion inventions you see all around, but I’d say that for PS standards, it looks pretty statement-y. Then again, maybe it will grow on me, and of course other commenters seem to like it very much – it would be boring if we all liked the same things.
Btw, here you say the coat can be lengthened by 5 cm and the sleeves by 4, but the shop page says it’s 2 cm each. Which is it?


Hi Simon, does this mean the other models can also be lengthened with 5 rather than 2 cm?


Thanks Simon. Any chance of re-stocking a size 8 in the brown one?


No option to do so, as size 8 is not available in the menu I’m afraid.

Derek Mcarthur

The coat looks brilliant. The joy is that it can be worn in so many settings.

peter hall

Beautiful flowing coat which would suit a big hat.
Very dramatic. Certainly one for making an entrance.


Great coat! Do you think it could be worn with a navy suit?


Thanks Simon. And related to this as I’m weighing up which coat to go for: does the charcoal Donegal coat work well with grey flannels?


I think i wont be far off saying that charcoal was most popular out of past 3 iterations? Maybe makes sense to bring it back in a year?


really? I thought that charcoal was sold out, but brown and light grey was not.. or maybe you just ordered different amounts? oh well, in that case I hope I’ll manage to snag a light grey one if it shows up.


As vain as this sounds, I’m happy to hear the option I went with was the least popular. Less of a chance of running into somebody out and about with the same coat as mine.


All three donegal costs are beautiful. For making a bespoke coat in these or similar cloths, which mills / books do you recommend Simon?


My idea is a regular tailored overcoat probably DB polo coat style, normal shoulders and a touch of waist suppression. In fact these donegal fabrics could be well used in many styles for their versatility, good visual interest and bridging formalities.

Prince Florizel of Bohemia

Wasn’t there a plan to sell your donegal fabric by meter at Permanent Style shp?


Would there be enough to make another coat? Can’t blame a guy for trying.. 😉


Wonderful iteration Simon! I still love my first edition in the charcoal donegal. Is there any inlay to let the sleeves out width wise in the first edition. They can me a little snug with a jacket under it.


Gorgeous coat! With a chest of 42.5-43 inches and height of 5’11” I think size large is the appropriate size for me. Do you agree?

Felix Sylvester Eggert

Hi Simon, glad to see the coat back! Two questions, one on topic, one off:

1. Any plans on bringing back the brown version?
2. I’m currently looking for a darker denim that bridges the gap between sporty and casual-smart (if there is such thing with jeans). I would wear it like you with a nice overcoat and a Sweatshirt, but maybe also with a rather casual shirt once in a while. What would be your go-to and why; Blackhorse Lane, Rubato or Anglo-Italian?

Thanks in advance Simon.


It’s a really beautiful coat, just like the previous ones. Will those of us in New York be able to try one on when you visit? I am hoping to find that I would be able to have one shortened (and of course the sleeves shortened) without disfiguring it too much


Hi Simon:
a simple question: noticed your jeans had cuffs in the donegal coat piece. Are your jeans always cuffed? I don’t recall reading about this in any of your columns.

not so simple question with apologies for being so lacking in understanding. You wrote that the XS size of the donegal coat was a 46, but the chart reads 50.5. You also wrote that you usually take a size 50 medium but the chart reads 56.5 for medium. Perhaps it’s because I’m in the United States and not used to these.
many thanks.

Jim K

How does the weight of the fabric compare with past iterations? If I recall, the brown was heavier than the grey.

Allan Thomson

I already own the second iteration of this coat (brown) and its stunning but this is the colour ive always wanted, navy. Cant wait to get my hands on one.


Hi Simon, congratulations on another beautiful iteration of this coat, the fabric is really beautiful! I didn’t see this color available as a cut length for pre-order, is there any chance there’s some extra fabric around?

mark scruggs

I live in the southeastern United States. The average temperature in the winter is about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Would you say this coat is too heavy for my winters?


Mostly jackets with a light lining.

Douglas Knapp

What size would I need to order if I’m a 46L?

Janet Whalen

Can’t have enough Donegal Yarn. Absolutely beautiful coat. I would buy for myself. I love your style. BRAVO !!!

Bob M

Simon – beautiful coat. I want one! But realistically, I live in South Alabama which is subtropical – mild winters (though characterized by short cold waves) and long, hot and humid summers. Is this too much coat for that climate?

Zach S

I was wapry of a navy iteration but naturally you’ve knocked it out of the park again, might even be my new favourite.
That extra inlay is making me very tempted indeed, as the only things stopping me having one of these already is having lost weight and too much choice.


Which version is your mccoys sweat?

the only one that comes close in their web is this-

but the colour seems off to yours?


Morning Simon, Very nice coat & good to see allowance for alteration for a better fit or as anyone changes shape with age – coats should be for life & not just for Christmas.
Does Tony know you have his beretT? – nice alternative for some but I’d not risk the hiss take from friends & think the beanie warmer, more varied & versatile.


Yes a bit more risky but it looks good & probably a bit of a ‘head turner’.
We’ll it’s part of Tony’s DNA & it looks good on you too, but not for me this winter.


Hi Simon, Can’t download your piece on the sliding scale & trousers, the other three articles are accessible; is it at your end?



Yes Simon, it’s not downloading, had no problem yesterday though.

Rickard Lindgren

Just an incredible coat. This is formal enough for me for 99% of situations and casual enough for any situation. Just bought mine after 3 years of thinking about it. Looking forward to receiving it!


Glorious coat. I am a 5 foot-5″ tall woman, slender build. I wear size 4 (US) dresses. Would this blue donegal coat simply overwhelm me without drastic tailoring, or do I have a chance? Thanks


Thanks for your suggestion. I will try the comparative measurement hack, but I may be just too small to be able to tailor the coat without a major, major intervention


Would you consider limiting or stopping the run on future Donegals? I bought the grey last year and unfortunately have already had 3 occasions in London running into other PS readers with the same good taste. Cue not insignificant embarrassment – it’s such a characteristic style. Charming and unique when alone, but quite embarrassing when someone else wearing the same as it’s so obvious!


That’s genuinely great to hear – part of the joy is I think feeling like not everyone has the same thing

Christopher Lee

Question of pure curiosity–when doing overcoat photoshoots on city streets, assuming these are all shot in a single session, where do you go to change what you have on underneath?

Christopher Lee

Thanks for demystifiying it, Simon! Not a classic red phone box then, superman style?


I wondered the same thing – for example when travelling to Paris for work, do you wear rougher clothes and then change into the photo shoot outfits? Your shoes always look free of wear, clothes never rumpled or stained!


I don’t know if I can justify buying another overcoat right now but I must say, this coat is absolutely gorgeous. It almost looks like a starry night sky, which is really quite striking. It might be my favorite PS product I’ve seen so far, which is really saying a lot. I hope something like this is offered again at some point.


Simon, did you use the same maker as the previous models?


This is great coat. I am 190 / 90 Kg. Any recommendations on size? Thank you.

Hugh Janus

Beautiful fabric! If I can make just one suggestion, can you make the lapel on the next edition wider and rework the lines (a more evenly balanced notch) to integrate more with the flowing lines of rest of the coat please?
I really like the overall classic menswear feel but the design needs to be taken up a notch to compete with the likes of SEH Kelly whose pieces offer more luxurious detailing
Thank you!


Dear Simon!
1) I thought about the navy donegal as an addition to the 2 coats I wore mostly over tailoring last cold season. These are a heavy (800g) navy double breasted coat and the PS wax walker (which I wore almost every day, also on the weekends of course.) I love both of them, but the navy donegal could be an intelligent addition in between the two I think. The navy DB is lovely but just a bit too heavy and formal for most days, so I basically use it when I want to dress up or the weather calls for it. And the wax walker gets used almost too often, so I want to spare it. and I like the high-low aesthetic, but I don’t want that every day, because it gets boring for me. Plus something feels wrong with the wax walker when I am wearing a tie (that’s the case ca. 3 days a week). I imagine the donegal would be better here. The navy version of the donegal would be the easiest (compared to the grey one f.e.) for somebody like me who will wear it mostly with grey flannels and a sports jacket?
2) what’s your résumé on the rubato jeans? I was only unsure about the leg opening first. Over 20cm was something I had to get used to. Now after some weeks, I love everything about them. It is so nice to have a cut that is close at the waist, so still no belt needed by me, and everything else is just comfortable enough, but not baggy.


What’s the weight of the current navy version again? Around 600g? Thanks


Yes, sorry, can’t figure out why I missed it.


Ηello Simon from Athens, Greece. Winter is coming and everyone talks about measures to prevent energy expenditure. We all know that in offices the temperature is going to be lower. Do you think there is going to be a return to heavier fabrics or to the use of vests for practical reasons (not just for style) ; Perhaps jumpers at work will become the new ”must”.

To conclude do you think the energy crisis will change the way we dress ?

Keep up the great work

Greeting from sunny Athens


Hi Simon
This is gorgeous. As you say, interesting without being flashy.
On the sizing, I know you advise to look at the measurements (which are very helpful) but can you offer any additional advice? For example, in M/4, the 56.5cm (113) chest is smaller than the PWVC ventile mac (120) or your Wax Walker (116). For a coat with some flow this seems a little small, so I’m thinking to size up. Or is it more that it can be a little trim in the chest with space down the body? (I’m usually a PWVC 4, which to me often feels close to a large in other sizes.)
Also, have you written about having different colours in a wardrobe versus not? As I get older, I increasingly recognise that navy suits me and is something I’m comfortable in, so why purposely try to mix things up? (Question inspired by this coat plus watching the navy-clad Stanley Tucci in Italy last night!)


Thank you!

Joe P

Simon, would you wear this version with lighter trousers, eg your Armoury or Rubato chinos (different styles, I know), or ecru denim? Thanks.


Hi Simon.
Based on some of your responses that I’ve read to others, is it safe to say that the charcoal version is forever lost, never to be seen again..? Or is there still some hope left this season or next year?
Thank you!


ahh okay that’s really sad.. same for the dark brown correct? I’m guessing then that the grey and perhaps this navy version might be the only ones around to stay for perhaps the next few years right?


Are you expecting any grey herringbone to be available at the same time, Simon? The coats themselves, as opposed to the cloth.

Oliver Price

PWVC seem to have the grey herringbone back in stock – I’ve just ordered one!


Hi Simon, I loved the colour of the Navy coat. However the collar seems to collapse as oppsopsite to the heavier brown verison I had,is there any chance to the cut of the collar ? Or perhaps it is the differences in weight of fabric?


Hi Simon,
This looks great, well done!
comparing the 4 iterations you’ve done thus far (charcoal, brown, grey and navy), if you were to only add one to your existing wardrobe, which one will it be?

for someone who already have navy and grey overcoats, would you recommend this piece?


What about the charoal one? You don’t like it anymore? Or what role would it play amongst the four iteration? Thank you.


Would you pick the charcoal/brown/grey/navy donegal coat if you were to only have one single breasted coat or do you think it’s better off with a chesterfield or other sort of coat?

Rickard Lindgren

Received my coat yesterday and so pleased with the purchase and waiting for the navy version. The flecks are beautiful and the light ones are much more of a cream than what the pictures suggest. Bought a 4/M and very happy with the fit (181cm tall and lean build).


May I ask what are your chest measurements? Please describe the fit. I’m currently a Private White customer, this coat’s maker, and normally wear a size 5 in their jackets which fits me very well. I’m about your height and have a lean build as well. If our chest measurements are similar then, perhaps in this case the size 4 might be more appropriate.


Yes, and I concur with your assessment. My chest is 42.5 inches with a 34 inch waist. So from this prospective the 5 would work well, given that you designed the coat specifically to be roomy.

Rickard Lindgren

39 chest here as well and this is my first PWVC purchase so not sure about how this compares to their other offerings.

Since Simon mentioned how some people on the street casually complemented him on the coat I wanted to share that this also happened to me. The coat has just the right amount of additional interesting elements that sets it aside from the regular navy offerings that it is noticed in a good way.


Hi Simon, Before finding this review I asked Private White support about how much extra inlay there is in the back seam (in case I would need to alter the coat in the future) and the reply was that it’s just 1 cm. So I was wondering if the 4 cm allowance for the chest that you mention is incorrect or includes making alterations to the side seams as well.

John Kiely

Hello Simon,

Hope all is well.

I was about to pull the trigger on the your/Private White’s light grey Donegal coat (called cream and white on Private White’s site — and still available in my size). My intention was to then find a nice navy double-breasted overcoat. My thinking was that would be me done for smart and smart/casual winter coats (for a while at least).

Then I saw your navy version and love that too. Do you think the navy is more versatile than the grey — in that the do you find it works better with suits, and so could be worn as my ‘office’ winter coat too? This would allow me to push out the DB overcoat purchase for a year — therefore staggering the costs and conversations with my wife when I have to justify a large purchase.

Perhaps the Donegal coats aren’t smart enough for full suit and tie, but when in the office I’m mainly wearing a sports coat and flannels in the winter anyway. Well at least for two of the three days I’m in now.

Sorry for the long message. Be great to hear your thoughts.



John Kiely

Thanks Simon. Option one it is then ?.

John Kiely

Hey Simon,

Me again. So I bought the navy donegal in the end. It’s certainly a step up from any coat I’ve owned before. Beautiful.

Another sizing question, unfortunately. I went with size 5. I have broad shoulders and take a 52 EUR/42 UK jacket RTW/MTM — but have the waist taken in. My trouser waist is between a 48 or 50 EUR / 30 or 32 UK.

The 5 is perfect on my shoulders, chest and length (I’m 6ft 3 and 13st / 82kg) It does feels big and pretty roomy from the chest down. This made me consider downsizing to a 4, but I feel it’s more a matter of me getting used to and embracing the style. The coat feels very dramatic to me.

Would you agree that I should stick with the 5 based on my numbers above? I appreciate you can’t see me in the coat, but a steer in the right direction would be appreciated. And apologies for providing a full breakdown of my dimensions and weight — I’ve found previous comments by readers with their details helps make an informed choice though.


Simon, why do you say it’s a bit longer? Looking at the images, where should it end, in your opinion? To tell the truth, I think it’s a tad short (if we speak classic, not 2000-2020).


May I ask if the different iterations of the coat currently available in the webshop (navy, grey, brown) are based on the same pattern (the latest navy one) and include the same seam allowances? I pose the question because the text under the navy coat says it can be lengthened by 5 cm (sleeves by 4 cm), while the text under the brown coat states 2 cm for both coat and sleeve length. Thanks!

Ben N

Simon, I received this coat 2 days ago. It’s been hanging on my broad-shoulder IKEA coat hanger (the one that flares out on either side) and hanger bumps already developed! This is definitely a heavy, heavy coat, so do you recommend just storing them folded and flat? Which coat hanger would you recommend? How do you store yours?

Fantastic coat, so comfortable and I love it but my wife thinks I look very much like a Mafia boss or a slouchy homeless guy lol.


Hello Simon, I am clearly in love with this coat, the only drawback I see is the weight of the fabric. At 800g, you are definitely in a winter coat in countries with harsh winters like the US, Canada or some Northern European countries. Moreover, if you wear a tweed jacket underneath, it can quickly become unwearable. Also, I find that the style of the coat is best suited for mid-season, that can be worn open like in the pictures. For the colder days, a double-breasted polo coat makes more sense to me (just my opinion). So, my question is, are you planning to make a version of this coat with a “lighter” fabric, maybe around 620g as it was in the beginning?
I know that the increase in fabric weight was requested by several people when the first version of the coat was released, but in the end, perhaps a more reasonable weight would suit more people.
Many thanks.


Dear Simon! I am still figuring out what shoes to wear with my navy donegal coat when it is cold and wet. In your denim and sweatshirt outfit: would you wear your Viberg boots with this coat? (Colour and style)


How about this AI boot in very dark brown suede? Still too casual?
About the colour of the shoes, especially when the top layer under the coat is also dark: My instinct is pointing towards black shoes (thinking about Gianluca M. explaining his black loafers when everything at the top is navy.) But I hope that dark enough brown could also do it. Your take? Thanks


Hi, Simon
On the Rubato jeans did you took your regular size? Did they shrink after washing and how do you find the cut?
Thank you!


After the first weeks of wear I am sure this purchase was a good idea. Never had a real tweed garment, never had a raglan overcoat. I was surprised how soft a donegal tweed is, I expected something rougher. And most importantly, what I did not plan: the raglan is so useful over my daily tailoring. While my other overcoats are often annoying to put on over a jacket, this coat just falls over my jackets, without any need to adjust the layers. Really pleasant considering how often I have to put on and off my overcoat all day.


Hi Simon, I hope all is well! Congratulations on another beautiful iteration of this coat. I have been enjoying last year’s version for a while now, and the fit and finish of the piece are really something. One quick question, I’ve noticed that unless I have the top button fastened, the collar tends to slowly fold down from the tips. Is there anything to do to “train” the collar to stand up better without that too button being fastened?


Many thanks Simon, I’ll give it a try!


I’ve had something of a mixed relationship with raglan overcoats. For many years I had a plain navy one, but I never found it to be particularly warm. It was good quality cloth and a decent weight. I came to the conclusion that the lack of warmth was partly due to the looseness of the design, so I eventually parted company with it. I acquired a couple of double-breasted coats (one good quality RTW, the other bespoke) which were much warmer, though a little formal. I decided that I needed a more casual coat and liked the idea of a tweed of some kind. I tried the PS ones but, as I think one or two other readers reported, I found myself between sizes. A size 4 didn’t feel comfortable around the shoulders, but the body was good. Size 5 felt comfortable around the shoulder, but too voluminous in the body. I was apprehensive about trying to slim it down so didn’t buy one. In the end, I bought a tweed Raglan from Crombie, shortly before they closed down. It was something of a compromise, with a slightly slimmer body, but a better fit around the shoulders. I think that was a false impression though and whilst the fit around the shoulders felt different, I’m not sure that it has actually been better and I’m still looking for a better alternative. I’m hoping to try the PS coat again and I’m on the waiting list for one of the versions. In the meantime, I’ve recently acquired a Harris Wharf boiled wool coat from Trunk that I absolutely love. It’s single breasted, but not Raglan-sleeved. That might suggest a more formal cut, but the cloth and it’s complete lack of structure (it’s basically a blanket with buttons!), as well as the colour (green) make it very casual. Although different in design, it’s probably more equivalent to your Stile Latino coat, Simon. I’m really pleased with it, especially as it cost less than £500. Highly recommended.


Thanks, Simon. I agree, flow and drape are very much part of the design for the Raglan. I guess it’s a question of whether or not it’s a design that really works for me. I’m keen to try the PS again, though. I particularly like the dark grey tweed, so hopefully I’ll get to try one again at some point. In the meantime, I have a polo coat coming from The Anthology in a lovely taupe Loro Piana cloth.


Sorry if this is a stupid question. What is the perfect sleeve length for a coat if your hands are by your side? (Sleeve length generated too many results on the website).

I had always assumed the wrist, but given coat sleeves can ride up depending on clothing underneath and position of the arm, I’m questioning my assumption.


Hi Simon,
Would a size 3 small work for someone who wears a size 38 sports coats? Or would you go for a size 4?


A size 4 on the fridge coat fits well even with a jacket underneath, but I hear that coat is more fitted. Do you think a 3 in this donegal coat would still work?


Hi Simon,

Is it possible to make the back vent longer? I like to have a longer back vent so was wondering if a good alterations company can do this?


Hi Simon,
For someone who is 180cm, how far down below the bottom of the knee can the coat go? Is 10cm below the bottom of the knee too long? How far below the knee would it be ideal?


Hi Simon, are you considering another version of the navy Donegal for next year? I really like this one but fear the flecks might make it a bit loud… Thanks


Hello Simon, I purchased this coat from Private White (just because duties and taxes are included there for international shipping). It is a beautiful overcoat and rich in detail and colour. In person, the Donegal fleck really is like a constellation. I am 186cm tall so the length is great and, our winters won’t be as severe, so I took a 6/XL, there’s enough room for a cardigan underneath or mid weight suit jacket with a 118cm chest circumference.
Very happy, thank you. Outstanding quality.


Hello Simon, I’m in Sydney. On their site, UK tax is deducted from the purchase price as I’m buying from overseas. However duties and Australian taxes are calculated in the end price which is a fixed amount over AUD$1000.00. They use DHL, which is seamless for Australia too, I think it’s a part of their integration. It’s just very easy, avoids delays and multiple charges.

Peter Hall

I think there is a retail move to pay the duty and taxes up front. Here in the NL, customers are very comfortable being doorstep ‘pin’ orientated (but it’s much less convenient now work from home has ended) but most of the uk retailers seem to be moving to payment upfront -and advertising the case.
But obviously, their prices have gone up to reflect this.As an example,the big uk shirt retailers now change in the region of 180 € (4 shirts) whereas pre-Brexit it was €110 with free postage.


That’s correct. On another note, I wore the Navy Donegal today and it is a beauty, warm as toast too.


Hi Simon,
I’m quite stuck between the navy and the grey, and would love to hear your thoughts. I wear dark suits with navy/black ties in conservative patterns/stripes to the office, and I’d imagine that’d be the bulk of my usage, but during the weekend it’s largely workwear. I currently have a navy raincoat, and a black DB coat. Which would you go for and why?


Hey Simon,

Does this coat wear warm like a winter coat or similar to spring/fall top coat?


Hi Simon, Are you planning on stocking the charcoal and navy Donegal tweed fabrics in future? Thanks!


Hi Simon, I have this coat and am enjoying it very much!
You’ve pointed out that the grey donegal pairs nicely with bright colored neckwear. Given the color and more prominent flecking on this version, what colors and patterns of scarves do you see working well with it, aside from simple greys and creams? I’m looking for some inspiration.


It seems like simple solid ones are the best bet, given the texture already there in the coat? I can definitely see a few of those colors being interesting, in the right shades. Maybe a nice beige or brown could work for me. I’ll keep a look out.
Thanks for the suggestions!


Good Morning,

I just picked up this coat and I couldn’t be happier! What a quality piece. I have a very broad chest and struggle finding a raglan coat but was pleasantly surprised how forgiving and comfortable this is!

Feels great to be supporting 4 businesses on these island’s!


The pigeon following after you is priceless. What a great image.
Also, the beret in a couple pics works very well. Berets are tricky to wear, but it works here.

Cormac Lynch

Simon, Would such a coat style well with mid-blue or vintage denim too?

Cormac Lynch

Thank you Simon. And, I assume a grey or brown tweed would be a more versatile option.
And, if I may be slightly bold, your denim pairing with this navy coat is really nice although a smarter version of grey sweatshirt could pull it together. The versions by likes of Ami Paris is really nice, but branding is always huge minus. I know, in general French versions of sweatshirts dress up nicely.
On that note, would you have any suggestions for smarter sweatshirts?

Cormac Lynch

You are actually right. Wool is much better pairing.
But the one with Real mccoys sweatshirt is a great look, given you have cordovan boots with turned up raw denim, when I see the full look.

Cormac Lynch

Another question, Simon. I apologize if I seem to be asking too many questions in one go.
While reading your conversation with Mr. Brunello Cucinelli, it was very interesting to find that he starts putting his outfit together with the jacket first. Curious what’s your personal take – jacket/outerwear or something else?
Thank you.