Thursday, 7 December 2017


The Covert coat is very similar to the Chesterfield, but it was designed for hunting and the outdoors. Therefore, it had to be tailored from particularly sturdy material – the so-called Covert cloth, named after the covert bushes. It was designed to protect its wearer from mud, bush encounters, and of course the weather. For that reason, it had to be very heavy (29 or 30 ounces a yard), sturdy, and durable. Today, the fabric is not quite as heavy anymore, but it is still a tweed material made to last. It always comes in a brownish-green color because it does not show the dirt very much.

A Covert coat usually has the following:

    Single-breasted with a fly front
    Notched lapels
    Made of brown-green Covert cloth
    Short topcoat that is just a little longer than the jacket beneath
    Signature four (sometimes five) lines of stitching at the cuffs and hem, and optionally on the flap of the chest pocket
    Center vent
    Two flap pockets with optional ticket pocket
    The collar is constructed either of Covert cloth or velvet
    Poacher’s pocket (huge inside pocket that can accommodate a newspaper or an iPad)

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