This vintage overcoat was made for the J.C. Penney Co. in the 1930s. It is an elegant double breasted style, with a six button front. The lapels are razor sharp, and sport keyhole buttonholes. The coat has flapped patch pockets and a belted back. It is half lined. If worn without a jacket, this coat would measure a 42, if worn with, it is in the 38-40 territory. Despite being in the territory of 80 years old, the coat is in very good shape. The fabric has the distinctive nap of an alpaca wool blend, extremely popular on nicer overcoats of the day.
I bought this pair of Bean boots almost four years ago, trying to find a way of combating the winter in Halifax, Nova Scotia. For those of you who haven’t been to Halifax in the winter- it’s a big slushy mess. It snows one day, rains the next and freezes the day after that. It’s a constant cycle of slush, ice, sand and salt. It will soak you to the bone and ruin all but the hardiest footwear. As a student in Halifax, without a car, I walked, a lot. So poorly fitting rubber boots just weren’t going to cut it. I needed something warm, waterproof and comfortable.
These Bean boots fit the bill. These have a goretex and thinsulate lining and they’ve kept me plenty warm and dry. The rubber has kept the salt from destroying anything and the leather uppers ensure a good, comfy fit.
I’ve run the heels and soles down, so it’s about time for them to go back to Maine for a rebuild. Some of the stitching is wearing as well, but since Bean will resole them for a “reasonable cost”, I would think four years in their life is just beginning.
This is just a sample. There are even more that have yet to be photographed. There’s something for everyone. Coats from the ”30s, ’40s, ’40s and ’60s. Double breasted, Single breasted. Wool, leather, fur, it’s all here.