Private White V.C – Topcoat

Finding a specific garment can be tricky, especially when you care about small details such a fabric, button placement and origin. Having these requirements thin out the line of possible brands, and in the end you could end up doing a made to measure or bespoke garment to get it to your exact preference. In some cases you could get lucky, which I was for this topcoat from Private White V.C.

Private White V.C have been in the game since 1853 and could not be more “Made in England” as its printed on their clothing labels. The factory have always been located in the same place in Manchester, or as some may call it “Cottonopolis” for its well known heritage.

The company have made clothing to kings, the army and even rock stars for decades. Milestones in history were made when the brand delivered trench coats to the Allied Forces in 1916, and continued to make history with its deliverance of waterproof parkas in 1940.

If we instead change focus to the present, Private White V.C have manufactured garments to numerous of luxury outwear brands in England, where one example were the collaboration with Drake’s in 2013.

A visit to Private White V.C factory in Manchester.

I finally had the opportunity to try one of the items that have been on my wish list for years, Private White V.C prince of wales cashmere topcoat. And just to clarify, this is not just a random topcoat from a fashion brand, this is the real deal. It is made in their factory in Manchester, in a cashmere wool blend woven in England, that is weather resistant. It means that it is shower proof and windproof, something that I have been able to try in action multiply times this season.

Denims and turtleneck, a favorite combination with the topcoat.
Denims and turtleneck, a favorite combination with the topcoat.

Instead of being slim fit and with a shorter length like most other coats, the topcoat from Private White V.C shows something entirely different. It offers a slightly over-sized silhouette and a length that cuts below your knee, a type of of silhouette that is difficult to get a hold off today. Instead of just being ridiculous over-sized that have been the trend a couple of seasons back, it is more balanced and will still allow you to layering up underneath it. As a reference point, I’m 187 cm and weight approx 80 kg, where Private White V.C recommended a size 4 (medium) and that is the size that I ordered. The recommendation was spot on in my opinion, as it fits very good and offers a flattering silhouette that are neither too slim or big.

Extra fastening for the cuffs with real horn buttons.
Extra fastening for the cuffs with real horn buttons.
Military grade copper zipper from RIRI of Switzerland.
Military grade copper zipper from RIRI of Switzerland.

Something that makes me very pleased is the way that the brand have manufactured the garment and attention to details. The impressive heritage and made in England is just the start of it. There are so many small details that they have thought about such as domestic made cloth and real horn buttons, tablet sized pockets with fine zippers from RIRI in Switzerland and button placements to protect your from the challenging elements that you may encounter.

There is only one thing that I regret, and that is having this top coat for so long on my wish list.

Topcoat in action.
Topcoat in action.
The back of the topcoat shows how well made it is in terms of fit and pattern matching.
The back of the topcoat shows how well made it is in terms of fit and pattern matching.