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Monday, May 19, 2008

Cantarelli Reversible Sportcoat

While I was at Pitti this past January was intrigued by this reversible sportcoat by Cantarelli.

I think it is in-store at Bergdorf and Neimans right now.

I'm still undecided about the concept of a reversible jacket but ,at least here, the execution of the jacket is very good.

Makes me seriously consider trying one out.

Comments on "Cantarelli Reversible Sportcoat"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:28 AM) : 

Actually might be worth trying... it seems to be okay - and feels a bit relaxed at the same time. Probably great at the right occasion.

The pants, by the way, make it work here too... except that the gentleman on the left in the solid version of the coat might be wearing his pulled up a bit too high for his size.


Blogger António Erre said ... (9:32 AM) : 

The jacket is very "easy" and "relax" despite the golden buttons. I consider buy one for myself. The trousers (not for me)because they look "clownesq", though. The red bud roses a plus. Nice fleshy guys!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:05 AM) : 

I'm happy to see that the quality is not compromised in this piece. At least it does not seem like it.... Nicely done!


Blogger Will Anderson said ... (10:06 AM) : 

I love the concept, but I would like the lapels to be a bit slimmer on that jacket


Blogger Sam said ... (10:24 AM) : 

Looks very unconstructed in a good, casual way. Why not try it?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:39 AM) : 

Perhaps a little off subject, but when did this idea of pushing SUIT jackets as sport coats pop up? When did a chalk stripe suit jacket become acceptable as a sport coat? Just a gimmick to get you to pay extra for the jacket and matching pants they just happen to have in stock. It always appears a little too thrift store for me.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:12 AM) : 

Never mind the jackets. Let's focus on the pants. They are without a doubt the ugliest pants I've seen in a long time! Or, I'll take that back. The pants are ok, but the way they fit? OMG. It's pathetic, truly pathetic. If this is considered fashionable, I'm gonna work HARD on not looking fashionable. I would never, ever want to look like that wearing pants.


Blogger jakubowski said ... (11:20 AM) : 

better gimmick than reversable jacket:one suit with two pairs of pants... (for when the first pair wears out before the jacket does.)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:34 AM) : 

Nice jacket. A bit of a novelty item perhaps?


Blogger katja hentschel said ... (11:42 AM) : 

Great. I'll take them both.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:04 PM) : 

It's probably the pants that make me think of Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:11 PM) : 

Scott, this is a cool concept for a jacket but I am a bit confused by this image. Is it the same guy in the picture (with two separate images put together) or are there two different guys in the picture that look very much alike?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:39 PM) : 

Smart idea, yes? I love the reversible buttons. One caveat: I'd lengthen the collar and lapel. Pinstripes say long to me.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:51 PM) : 

really though, what's not to like?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:16 PM) : 

I remember I had one of these things back in the 80's. Except I think the colors were hot pink or something.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:48 PM) : 

I think it's a great concept.
Seems really difficult to execute. I love the quality, or enough quality, of Cantarelli, I'm just not in love with the model (of jacket) Kind of Ital-American. For me, I'd like to see a commitment either direction. I would totally rock this jacket a little slimmer, shoulders reeled in, lapels slimmed a bit. Without a total copy, something like Isaia meets Etro. Don't worry about fitting everybody, commit to a fit and those who can wear it will look awesome. Blah-blah, sorry. Thank You.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:06 PM) : 

A suit jacket is great as a separate piece. Especially for once in a while suit guys, like me. Granted, not every suit jacket can do this, but a sexy Dolce or Gucci, Attolini or Purple label Ralph, looks great with dark nice fitting quality jeans. Mixed with everything else you would wear with the suit, maybe not a tie. Fire up an ascot and upscale sneaks. find the mischief. IF, you can wear it, WEAR IT. Jump in the game and go for it, or at least give it a little nudge, judge.


Blogger sammy wammy said ... (2:31 PM) : 

Its an interesting idea but I just think anything more structured than a windcheater shouldn't be reversible. Also, the high trousers 'hoist' looks a bit like when people are wearing a wire harness underneath, like they're about to lift off the ground.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:32 PM) : 

very nice.



Blogger cat minoki said ... (2:48 PM) : 

Oh this idea exists since a long time.
May be not in tailored men´s wear but here in northern germany we have a classic raincoat, yellow impermeable from the outside, blue material on the inside. you can reverse it of course.
This jacket here is a clever 2-in-one solution. But the photo leaves correct fit in qustion.

And: is it a product that a man really needs to have?
I think there´s a funny detail with these a bit too much pulled up trousers:
One guy is dressing to the left, the other seems to be more dressing to the right ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:57 PM) : 

Looks good but,the reversible sportcaot just does not appeal to me.

Cheapo's get two for the price of one!

Love the shoes though!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:27 PM) : 

The jacket looks like too-soft construction. I will just stick with my old Loro Piana from (you guessed it) the thrift store. Plus I think most american guys would flinch at the size of the gold buttons (huge!) Don't really know why one would need more than one navy jacket anyway. Jorge from West Palm Beach


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:38 PM) : 

This picture is a little eerie, in a good way though, something about the guys standing so close to each other (almost like Siamese twins). Kind of reminds me of a Diane Arbus photo.
Anyways... Nice Jacket.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:58 PM) : 

Sir, I would seriously recommend you give this one a pass: The fit and cut looks horribly awkward. The styling here is horrendous-- not (geek) chic at all, but literally "Revenge Of The Nerds." So unflattering.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:11 PM) : 

This "trend" with the shorter trouser length has to stop. Seriously. It looks ridiculous.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:31 PM) : 

I love it and agree with 10.05am about quality. you've got to try it to properly understand how it works and feels; clothes are made for the body, not the hanger or the camera. i want one and i'm a girl, will definitely check it out!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:56 PM) : 

waist up = love it.
waist down = want to seriously pull their pants down a little.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:03 PM) : 

I like my suit jacket with jeans. I like reversible idea. Maybe thinner lapel.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:23 PM) : 

Looks like the male version of that nightmare scene from "The Shining." Pass on this look. Don't like floods.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:35 PM) : 

not sure if im a fan of the gold buttons or the lapel.....the shoes are pretty kick ass rad though


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:16 PM) : 

No, no, no, no, no, no. How can I express negativity without invoking the Deity. Reversable anything is totally '50's suburban "growing children" wear.
When one side got dirty, or worn out, or just boring, you turned it inside out. Mothers everywhere rejoiced. I thought this horror had passed.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:17 PM) : 

Reversible jackets are (i) hard to wear (ii) tacky and (iii) diminishes the value of the overall design. Plus it’s not sellable at all. I think we should still stick to the "conventional" jacket.


Blogger Always In Style said ... (10:53 PM) : 

I love these, very The Who circa 1965, Don't believe me? Google their "My Generation" LP.

Looking good!


Blogger kale daikon said ... (10:54 PM) : 

Anyone confused by the hoisted white pants with blazer look should check out David Hemmings in Antonioni's film Blowup (1966 London through the eyes of a very style-conscious Italian filmmaker if you need a further cultural reference). I'm guessing these guys have seen the movie. Vanessa Redgrave's outfit is also to die for.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:21 PM) : 

So mod.

(Would Beatle Boots make the twins' trouser look too much like a costume?)

But seriously, Sart... A reversible sportcoat would be great for traveling.

-- desertwind


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:36 AM) : 

The jacket is skimpy, like the pants. The stooped posture conveys style or unattractive ill health?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:10 AM) : 

I love the "twins" look, very clever.
The reversible jacket looks nice, but those trousers, especially with that top, really don't work. They're just high and short enough to be clownish.


Blogger Laurence John said ... (4:40 AM) : 

the striped side doesn't appear to be draping too well around the buttons.

this seems a bit of a gimmick. i mean if you find a jacket you love you don't expect it have ANOTHER great jacket on the reverse. one thing at a time please.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:08 AM) : 

I can't really see the value in the two coats' being so similar; why not commit to one or the other without the inevitable compromise of a reversible coat?


Blogger Lieutenant Glahn said ... (6:08 AM) : 

Very Twin Falls Idaho. Add Michele Hicks to complete the ensemble.


Blogger cat minoki said ... (12:46 PM) : 

And, unlike the jacket, the guys are binovular twins!
The jacket is monovular :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:46 PM) : 

Oh no, do people really wear pants that short? Is that a trend? It looks so bad!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:17 PM) : 

Reminds me of the Palm Beach brand suits we sold at George Muse Clothing Co in the late 70s - came with two pair of trousers and a reversible vest. You would wear the solid jacket with either the matching suit pants or second plaid pair, then reverse the vest to match the plaid pants! Very spiffy for the traumatized executive who wants to wear wild polyester like the guys on Love American Style, but still has to go to work at the bank. A perfect sartorial metaphor for the sad, late and graceless transition from the IBM period to the disco period in business dress. The worst thing is, although polyester they were well made and not cheap. We were a schizophrenic store: we sold these, Sansabelt, and Louis Roth, but also Oxxford and real (and expensive) 1970s RL designed Polo. Go figure.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:51 PM) : 

I suppose if you spilled salad dressing on it you can always turn it inside-out. About the only redeeming value I see.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:22 AM) : 

are they.. twins? YUMMY!!!!


Blogger Post-it boy said ... (4:35 AM) : 

want to buy some white trousers in UK, any ideas?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:43 AM) : 

I agree with a previous poster, these jackets seem really akward.

Although - how useful! If you spill something on one side you can always wear it on the other!


Blogger C Benjamin said ... (11:59 PM) : 

The concept is straight up from the Fresh Prince of Bell-Aire. I don't care what anyone says. Will would do this with his prep school blazers. Its a tight idea, the execution here is off though. If they would have slimmed down the lapel and added one or 2 more buttons (so you could do a collar-up sort of look, maybe flip it into a straight up jacket) that would have been a bit better. And they should have turned up the volume on the reversed side. Maybe done something with some silk, possibly a paisley print.


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