Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cordings' Green Loden Paddock Jacket - Made in England


Made in England from Austrian Loden cloth outer, the exceptional Men's Paddock Jacket from Cordings is not only a beautiful garment, but also a substantial garment, heavier and warmer (and more quiet) than your typical quilted nylon jacket. It is built for decades of use.
Olive Corduroy Trim on the Inside of the Collar

The sleeves are generously long, with a press stud closure and olive needlecord trim and can be turned up if needed.

This paddock jacket is as nicely finished on the inside - with its gold satin lining - as on the outside.

 “Loden” refers to particular wool woven in Tyrol, felted and netted through a water beating process that makes it impermeable and resistant. The netting gives the fabric a soft cloth feel, while the final phase of combing permits water droplets to slide off the fabric, rendering it as one of the first high-performance materials to ever be manufactured. 
All those technical characteristics answered the needs of shepherds and farmers living on the Alps who had to face extreme weather conditions during the winter...   The fabric went from the hands of shepherds and the mountain valleys into the House of Hapsburg when Franz Joseph I of Austria commissioned Moessmer – a Tyrolese wool enterprise – to manufacture a Loden white cape and grey coat enriched with Merino wool and cashmere...  Just take a winter stroll in Milan between Cadorna and Conciliazione and you... will no doubt chance upon an old lawyer or professor, proudly dressed in a Loden coat, scarf and wool flat cap... 
- Contemporary Standard  <http://www.contemporarystandard.com/from-shepherds-to-politics-the-history-of-loden/>
Shown here sized up to go over heavier sweaters/jumpers in colder weather, this Paddock Jacket was provided by Cordings.

9 comments:

  1. Yes, this is right up my alley. I love everything about it. Will be looking into it. Any advice on sizing?

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    1. I like to use actual garment measurements, especially the chest measurement. In this case I sized up to the Large which has a garment chest measurement (on the flat, 2.5cm below armpit) of 59cm. The Medium has a garment chest measurement of 56cm. The XL is 62cm.

      On the Large, the garment measurement for the sweep, or hem, is (flat) 60cm. The Medium hem is 57cm. The XL is 63cm.

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  2. Thank you, Muffy. Very helpful, and I will look into this.

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  3. This is, indeed, a beautiful jacket! I still have a very, very old L.L. Bean paddock jacket styled almost exactly like this, except not in that gorgeous green wool, and not with that lovely lining. I'm almost sad to say that my jacket is still in such good condition I can't come up with a rationale for replacing it with one of these.

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  4. Good find Muffy !!

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  5. I count on you to always remind me of the best things in life. That jacket and the colour especially are magnificent.

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  6. Just received my jacket and it is fabulous. They are having a sale

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