This vintage overcoat was made in Italy for the Italian Navy. While it appears to have been produced in the 1950s from the label, save for the gold anchor buttons, the silhouette, with its sharp peak lapels, belted and pleated back, and nipped waist have a distinctly 1930s look. Switch out the gold buttons for black plastic and you have the perfect pre-war civilian overcoat.
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder:20-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 42″
This vintage homburg hat was made by Italy’s premier hatmaker, Borsalino. It is a classic, understated homburg style, with a relatively wide brim and beautiful soft fur felt. It was made for the European market and sold by Fratelli Cevini, P. Borsa 4, Trieste. As such, it is sized in the European “Punti” system. A “Punti” 7 equates to a US 7-1/2. While the felt and trimmings are in great shape, the inside of the hat has some issues. The reed has come through the reed tape, and stitches are dropped around the sweatband, so I would recommend replacement. The liner’s crown protector is missing, and there is a hole through the tip logo.
This vintage jacket was made in Italy by “Giusti”. It is police issue, a double breasted style. It has raglan shoulders, buttoned tabs on the sleeves, a buttoned throat latch, and slash handwarmer pockets. It has a blanket wool lining. The leather is in great shape.
Chest (pit to pit): 25″
Sleeve (center of collar to cuff): 33″
This jacket was made by Donna Karan Signature. It was made in Italy of 100% Rayon. It has a nice heavy drape to the fabric, but a feel similar to raw silk. It has a 1920s influenced cut, with wide lapels and double, flapped patch breast pockets.
This one was cleaned and re-blocked by Art Fawcett before I got it. It’s a fantastic Borsalino, but it was always just a bit too small to wear it comfortably, so I let it go. Somewhere along the line, the brim binding had been removed.
A high priced hat when new, this Borsalino didn’t make its journey through time the best. ‘The sweatband had gone kind of crispy, the hat had lost its oval block and turned into a circle, and the mink fur felt had a weird greasy feel to it. When I got it, it had a fitted vinyl rain cover.