Included in the autumn/winter 2012 collection by workwear-inspired, Japanese label Beams Plus; the Herringbone Wool-Tweed coat is a distinctive and distinguished design.
The coat is constructed from Harris Tweed, a cloth that is hand-woven in the Outer Hebrides using pure virgin wool and characterized by subtle flecks of colour achieved through the use of vegetable dyes. Vivienne Westwood has a much-publicized affinity for the fabric, which has grown in popularity over recent years, appearing in Nike’s limited edition Blazer series and making a cameo on the BBC’s Doctor Who.
Herringbone has also regained the favour of menswear designers, featuring heavily in the latest collections by APC and Burberry Prorsum, amongst others. The black and charcoal-grey Herringbone finish of the Beams Plus coat is a fine example of a classic menswear piece and the unstructured, almost shapeless styling (normally reserved for the label’s blazers) adds a more unconventional and casual aesthetic.
Lined with a lightweight and wind-resistant Gore Tex, this coat may take inspiration from an Edwardian Country Manor but it also proves to be an item ready for the rigours of modern City living. The details are simple yet perfectly formed, with buttoned front pockets and cuff tabs, hook fastened collar and two inner pockets.
Some may think it unusual for a Japanese label to be producing vintage-inspired menswear made from traditional Scottish tweed, but Beams Plus have a knack of making it work, with designs that are as stylish as they are practical.
The Beams Plus Harris-Herringbone Wool-Tweed Coat is available from Mr Porter.