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Finally got my BR peacoat '16 edition, black/dark navy delivered from the US, so I feel a short review could be in order.

I'm 5'7, 155 lbs on a good day; athletically built with broad shoulders and a small waist. Medium seems like a good size for me.

I'm so relieved the shoulders fit. Normally I look for a shoulder width of 18". This one measured exactly 17.75". I imagine the lack of a lining does help. Any narrower and it probably would have felt uncomfortable.

Pit to pit it measures 41" which is perfect for my 39.5" chest. Actually very similiar to the classic WW2 peacoats.

The constructon feels sturdy and I think it weighs about 4.40 lbs which leads me to believe the thickness is 26-28 oz per yard. To be honest I expected a somewhat softer wool, but at least this one will hold up for many years to come and not pill easily.

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Just got my hands on a copy from the original run so now I have both the blend and the 100% wool.

The original, a medium, has a weird sizing. It's super short at only 27.15" from bottom of the collar to the hem. Luckily I'm only 5'6-5'7, but I'd rather have had the advertised 29". BR must include the top of the collar, otherwise the measurement would be quite off. The sleeves are also really short, almost two inches shorter than the blend. However, the arms are somewhat slimmer and looks better.

The wool is clearly softer, but I wouldn't say it's a major difference. It's not something that would put me off if I were to walk in to a store and choose between them.

I'll only be wearing the original at rare occasions as it doesn't feel as durable. The blend will be my go-to winter jacket. I believe BR did most people a favor when they changed to 80/20. For 695$ I'd expect such a material.

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DanielC wrote:

Just got my hands on a copy from the original run so now I have both the blend and the 100% wool.

The original, a medium, has a weird sizing. It's super short at only 27.15" from bottom of the collar to the hem. Luckily I'm only 5'6-5'7, but I'd rather have had the advertised 29". BR must include the top of the collar, otherwise the measurement would be quite off. The sleeves are also really short, almost two inches shorter than the blend. However, the arms are somewhat slimmer and looks better.

The wool is clearly softer, but I wouldn't say it's a major difference. It's not something that would put me off if I were to walk in to a store and choose between them.

I'll only be wearing the original at rare occasions as it doesn't feel as durable. The blend will be my go-to winter jacket. I believe BR did most people a favor when they changed to 80/20. For 695$ I'd expect such a material.

Congratulations on being able to get a jacket from the original run. I would love to find one but like you i am concerned about the measurements especially the shoulders!

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MikeG77 wrote:

Congratulations on being able to get a jacket from the original run. I would love to find one but like you i am concerned about the measurements especially the shoulders!

I'm overjoyed. The SA is a wee bit big in the shoulders and chest compared to my blend which looks tailor-made. As I age I'll fill out the SA better so I don't think I'll make any alterations.

I've been looking for a nice peacoat a long time and no one compares to BR.

Emporio Armani did have an appealing peacoat last winter which retailed at 800€ (I think) and went on sale for 380€. It's the only one I've seen that possibly could compete with the BR. Being made of 100% wool and with quilted lining, it would probably have been too warm. I think Bond would've approved of it though ajb007/smile A picture: https://images.lvrcdn.com/Big66I/3GC/00 … f99345.JPG

The lining (or lack of it) is really important to me since a breathable peacoat would be more versatile. I turned my eyes to the Australian market where they more often than not use bemberg (feels almost like silk). Very reasonably pricing when there are sales, but then there's shipping costs... An example: https://www.trenery.com.au/images/asset … coat-2.jpg

Daniel Love's replica of the BR would most likely be one of the best choices, if not the best, pricewise. Perhaps a new run this winter?

Hugo Boss had something going with the semi-lined Orange Branco, but it's from their budget line so it's not that classy as far as wool quality and color selection goes.

If anyone is looking for a dirty cheap option I'd wait for Combatant Gentlemen to present their AW18 peacoats which could give a sleek look. Definitely a step above H&M, Zara and the like, but below that of mid-range brands like Suitsupply and Club Monaco. Will probably be 100% wool, but questionable workmanship.

H&M actually had a peak lapel version last winter. It fitted really tight in the shoulders and was a bit too long. The outer pockets were  only made for the aesthetics and didn't provide any warmth. Comfortable rayon lining though. Not made for winter, only fall and spring.

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oenone wrote:

Thanks for the prior advice all - XS was the right size for me!

The peacoat finally arrived and it is every bit as awesome as I was hoping it would be. I have just one (foolish) question:

There is an interior button on the left side of the coat that appears to fasten to the button hole on the right lapel. I was wondering

a) What is the point of this button? Is it just an extra way of securing the coat in place? Do people use this button?

b) Which side of the lapel are you supposed to fasten to the button? It appears that the button can go through either side of the lapel (ie. it can either go through the lapel while it is still 'folded', so the button is between layers of the coat, OR it can go through the lapel after 'unfolding' the lapel, so the button is between the inner part of the coat and whatever you have on underneath the jacket) without any difference in appearance, just wondering if there is a 'correct' way. Let me know if this is confusingly worded!

Thanks!

I can just speak for myself. There's no way I can fasten the inner lapel by unfolding it. The button is so tightely attached that I simply can't make it go through the hole that way.

I'm surprised you can actually button the lapel in two ways.

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For anyone looking for a Billy Reid peacoat, I was perusing their current sale list and it looks like you can get the 80/20 Navy "Bond" peacoat only in size XXL for $347.50. Although XXL sounds big, I'm an athletic 6'2" 190lbs and wear an XL (at least as of their 2015 sizing). Looks to be "final sale" but if anyone's been looking for a deal I thought I'd pass it along.

https://www.billyreid.com/collections/t … 5072831532

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Has it been discontinued? Or will there be another run when the cool weather months return? This is one of those purchases I kept putting off and now I'm worried I waited too long heh.

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frommeyer wrote:

Has it been discontinued? Or will there be another run when the cool weather months return? This is one of those purchases I kept putting off and now I'm worried I waited too long heh.

Being one of their best selling pieces, I couldn't imagine it would be totally discontinued.  They release different versions of it periodically - diff blends of wool and one time even a cashmere version.  Don't sleep on it next time you see them, great coat for winter.

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km1fdm wrote:
frommeyer wrote:

Has it been discontinued? Or will there be another run when the cool weather months return? This is one of those purchases I kept putting off and now I'm worried I waited too long heh.

Being one of their best selling pieces, I couldn't imagine it would be totally discontinued.  They release different versions of it periodically - diff blends of wool and one time even a cashmere version.  Don't sleep on it next time you see them, great coat for winter.

Ok, good. And, yeah, I'll grab one in the fall. I live in Chicago and donated a lot of outerwear, including my mediocre J.Crew peacoat, earlier this year. Can't not have a peacoat here.

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Just a follow-up for anyone who may have had the same concern - I spoke to someone at BR and, sure enough, they're re-releasing in the fall.

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frommeyer wrote:

Just a follow-up for anyone who may have had the same concern - I spoke to someone at BR and, sure enough, they're re-releasing in the fall.

I figured they would. I saw it on their site last year. A good time to buy would be during their black Friday sale. If I remember correctly they did different percents off depending on how much you spent. I think the peacoat alone would have been 20 or 30%. I think it went fast though, especially the navy in the more popular sizes so you'll want to act fast.

I think I saw in a Bond Experience video that BR is keeping it as part of their collection each year due to its popularity.

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The Bond Peacoat is Billy Reid's most popular item so I don't see it going away anytime soon! Now all we need is to see if Billy Reid would do another run of the screen accurate 100% wool version ajb007/biggrin

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MikeG77 wrote:

The Bond Peacoat is Billy Reid's most popular item so I don't see it going away anytime soon! Now all we need is to see if Billy Reid would do another run of the screen accurate 100% wool version ajb007/biggrin

Didn't they update to a blend (80% wool, 20% nylon) to help with the coat's longevity as the 100% wool version was prone to pilling? There's really no noticeable difference in the coat's look between the two versions so I think I'd rather the version that will still look as good as new after a lot of wear...even though it technically doesn't have the same fabric composition as the one worn on screen.

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So I finally ordered a Bond Peacoat. Billy Reid seems to have changed a few things. From the website:

Our iconic peacoat, named for our Bond Street store, is made in Italy from a durable and warm melton wool, and trimmed with luxurious calfskin. Finished with genuine horn buttons and a leather undercollar. Updated for the season with a more relaxed fit, and a slightly lighter fabric that allows more movement.

Sounds like a fuller cut. And the fabric composition is now 75% wool and 25% nylon. Should arrive early next week. I'm excited.

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I got mine in early Spring at a deep discount and for perhaps the first time in my entire life I'm anxiously awaiting the first truly cold day to arrive.  ajb007/lol

frommeyer wrote:

So I finally ordered a Bond Peacoat. Billy Reid seems to have changed a few things. From the website:

Our iconic peacoat, named for our Bond Street store, is made in Italy from a durable and warm melton wool, and trimmed with luxurious calfskin. Finished with genuine horn buttons and a leather undercollar. Updated for the season with a more relaxed fit, and a slightly lighter fabric that allows more movement.

Sounds like a fuller cut. And the fabric composition is now 75% wool and 25% nylon. Should arrive early next week. I'm excited.

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frommeyer wrote:

So I finally ordered a Bond Peacoat. Billy Reid seems to have changed a few things. From the website:

Our iconic peacoat, named for our Bond Street store, is made in Italy from a durable and warm melton wool, and trimmed with luxurious calfskin. Finished with genuine horn buttons and a leather undercollar. Updated for the season with a more relaxed fit, and a slightly lighter fabric that allows more movement.

Sounds like a fuller cut. And the fabric composition is now 75% wool and 25% nylon. Should arrive early next week. I'm excited.

Seems like a cost cutting measure going to a lighter 75/25 blend. The leather under the collar is definitely different and it's lighter and it also seems like the taper is less pronounced. If anyone is looking for a lighter weight version keep an eye out for the virgin wool/cashmere blend!

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My two cents, I am an XL normally, but most bond stuff runs small, I bought an xxl in the peacoat and it was huge, so order normal size I think. I have not tried on an XL, but sounds like I might be doing so very soon.  Thanks to everybody who persevered and got this done!

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SecretAgent wrote:

My two cents, I am an XL normally, but most bond stuff runs small, I bought an xxl in the peacoat and it was huge, so order normal size I think. I have not tried on an XL, but sounds like I might be doing so very soon.  Thanks to everybody who persevered and got this done!

I bought one at their DC store back in 2017 (ah, when you could travel, such sweet memory) and they had old and new versions. I only know this as they somehow switched out which version they had in their hands between me trying it on and the register so when I got back to the hotel and tried it on again they size that was a perfect fit in the store couldn't even get over my shoulders...I went back to the store and they talked me through how the sizing had completely changed as well as the cut being tweaked. I ended up getting one of the older versions having to go 3 sizes up to get the same great fit.

So after that experience I would always ask them for measurements as opposed to the sizes with them.

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MikeG77 wrote:
frommeyer wrote:

So I finally ordered a Bond Peacoat. Billy Reid seems to have changed a few things. From the website:

Our iconic peacoat, named for our Bond Street store, is made in Italy from a durable and warm melton wool, and trimmed with luxurious calfskin. Finished with genuine horn buttons and a leather undercollar. Updated for the season with a more relaxed fit, and a slightly lighter fabric that allows more movement.

Sounds like a fuller cut. And the fabric composition is now 75% wool and 25% nylon. Should arrive early next week. I'm excited.

Seems like a cost cutting measure going to a lighter 75/25 blend. The leather under the collar is definitely different and it's lighter and it also seems like the taper is less pronounced. If anyone is looking for a lighter weight version keep an eye out for the virgin wool/cashmere blend!

Composition only 5%  less wool, could be a cost thing, sure. I’ll bet it’s less stiff than my 80/20 was new. Took several wears before it got a little easier to wear.. perhaps that’s why they “tweaked the cut” for more movement, after a lot of feedback.

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km1fdm wrote:
MikeG77 wrote:
frommeyer wrote:

So I finally ordered a Bond Peacoat. Billy Reid seems to have changed a few things. From the website:


Sounds like a fuller cut. And the fabric composition is now 75% wool and 25% nylon. Should arrive early next week. I'm excited.

Seems like a cost cutting measure going to a lighter 75/25 blend. The leather under the collar is definitely different and it's lighter and it also seems like the taper is less pronounced. If anyone is looking for a lighter weight version keep an eye out for the virgin wool/cashmere blend!

Composition only 5%  less wool, could be a cost thing, sure. I’ll bet it’s less stiff than my 80/20 was new. Took several wears before it got a little easier to wear.. perhaps that’s why they “tweaked the cut” for more movement, after a lot of feedback.

I wear my 80/20 a lot and it definitely took a few wears to really break it in. If i remember correctly the original Bond peacoat was slightly bigger in the chest and waist but also slightly shorter. I wish my XL was a half inch bigger in chest and shoulders.