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story Maureen Scott 

Nothing makes a fashion statement like a great coat. It’s the exclamation mark of style - making anything you wear under it look brilliant.

Perhaps with a nod toward all of the royal pageantry of late, we are once again embracing elegance with luxurious materials like cashmere, real and faux fur and leather. Coats have a regal, almost fearless, notice-me attitude, from Military-inspired shiny-button, double breasted to rich regal colours like purple, cobalt blue, mustard, tomato and cherry red or this season’s IT colour: Oxblood.

“We have continued to push the boundaries in leather innovation with modern treatments such as textured, burnished, two-tone, glazed and laser-cut effects, and of course our luxurious and supple Italian lamb leather is a staple in our collection,” says Desia Halprin-Brill, PR Spokesperson for Danier Leather.

“The biker jacket has a new elongated length and aviator jackets are cut to the hip while trenches skim the knee. Colour has been the driving force in fashion for the last few seasons and it continues into fall…now is the time to be bold and adventurous with your colour choice.” says Desia.

Brenda Barrington, owner of Barrington’s Fine Outerwear in Oakville says real fur is back in demand, from full fur coats to fur trimmed cashmere coats. “There’s no such thing as the perfect coat for the Canadian weather,” says Brenda. Ideally, you should own at least three coats to take you from the crisp days of Indian summer to the whipping winds of March. Barrington’s offer a signature private-label line of sensuous cashmere coats from the versatile pea coat in gorgeous colours to a luxurious three-quarter length, with or without fur. “This year we are seeing vibrant colours like Dijon yellow, purple, and lots of multi-fabrics with rich depth and detail.”

Barrington’s also carry a selection of coats by Canadian designer Linda Lundström. The Fall 2012 collection follows the military inspired look with the wool velour Empire Military Coat, and there’s nothing more versatile, or figure flattering than a wool Wrap Jacket or the fashion-forward Capelet Canadian Topper.

Anna Mattiuzzo, PR spokesperson for Melanie Lyne says to look for the quilted “banker” coat this fall. “Our cloth coat selection includes bankers, trenches, A-line and updated pea jackets in versatile colours like black, camel, charcoal and a touch of red,” says Anna. “Luxurious cashmere is an investment essential. For extra warmth, opt for a mid-length hooded down coat in blue, charcoal, off-white or black.”
If you had to choose just one coat you could throw over jeans to drive the kids to school or wear over a dress to go out for dinner, the near-perfect topper would have to be the trench coat. And no one does a classic trench like Burberry for men, women and even kids!

The iconic long double-breasted Heritage Trench (available in beige or black) has military inspired details like epaulettes, gun flaps, weather-ready cotton gabardine styling and Burberry trademark check lining and under collar detail. Burberry’s updated ¾ length cotton blend trench is available in Mahogany Red, Military Navy, Black and Dark Trench.

From classic trench coats and the elegance of cashmere and colour, to the sporty good ruggedness of a leather motocross jacket, no matter what your mood, there’s a coat that has the occasion covered!

ABOVE Fur lined topcoat from Linda Lundström available at Barrington’s Fine Outerwear in Oakville or at

bomber jacket
ABOVE Leather bomber jacket by Danier available at Danier stores including
Heartland, Square One and also online at

LEFT TO RIGHT Fur collar with tux lapel, purple coat from Linda Lundström available at Barrington’s Fine Outerwear in Oakville or at
Double breasted, military-inspired coat from Burberry available at Burberry, Yorkdale, 133 Bloor St. West, The Bay on Yonge Street
Classic trench updated with colour and cut from Burberry available at Burberry, Yorkdale, 133 Bloor St. West, The Bay on Yonge Street

S. Cohen topcoat
ABOVE Men’s double-breasted, wool topcoat by S. Cohen of Montreal available at Negozio di Moda in Sherwood Forest Village
Mad About Menswear

From the casual ruggedness of a retro-inspired leather aviator jacket to the classic, tailored good looks of a Merino wool topcoat, a great coat delivers serious style not to mention warmth.

“The updated Aviator bomber is crafted from genuine leather, then meticulously oiled and hand-buffed to give a lived-in look and feel,” says Desia Halpin-Brill of Brill Communications, PR Spokesperson for Danier Leather. “The fight jacket comes with a detachable Thinsulate liner and a front zip closure with a button storm flap for added warmth.”
The pea coat, with its military-inspired double-breasted styling, continues to be a perennial favourite, according to Sarbjit Bath, owner of Negozio di Moda in Sherwood Forest Village. They carry several styles of coats by Canadian manufacturers such as S. Cohen of Montreal, but if you can’t find exactly what you want, Sarbjit will have a coat (or a suit, jacket, shirt or pants) custom made for you!

“We specialize in custom made, quality men’s clothing for all sizes and heights,” says Sarbjit. “We buy amazing fabrics in Europe and have the clothing tailored and stitched in Canada. We buy 100% Egyptian cotton for shirts and Merino wool for our suits and coats. You can choose a look you like from a style catalogue and then select the style, fabric, buttons, lining, and you can have a custom made coat within a week.”

Sarbjit says every man should have a tailored, knee-length, 3-button top coat in his closet.

“You can have a custom made knee length coat for about the same price as off the rack; $475 to $1,000. Our designs follow the GQ (Magazine) styles. The cut is a slimmer European fit with narrow lapels.

From the casual finger-tip length pea coat to classic Don Draper Mad Men tailored dressiness, the right coat can pull it all together.  GL