One thing that I always stress when it comes to menswear is traditional elements mixed with modern aesthetic and Crombie is a brand that exemplifies just that. Crombie started in 1805 by John Crombie, son to a family of Scottish weavers. John established his first woollen mill at Cothal Mills in Aberdeen, Scotland and quickly established a reputation throughout Britain for the quality of his luxury cloth. By the mid-nineteenth century, the Crombie business had established its reputation amongst the fashionable drapers of London and Paris.
Crombie's fine wools, tweeds, cashmeres and merinos became the fabric of choice for Savile Row tailors and gentlemen of taste. During the First and Second World War, Crombie temporarily switched its production to military officers' uniforms for the British Army without compromising one important aspect, exceptional quality. With its war work over, Crombie reassumes its position as a purveyor of fine British fashion to celebrities royalty, and statesmen worldwide. Crombie wearers include such iconic figures such as Cary Grant, The Beatles, John F. Kennedy, Jack Nickelson, Mick Jagger, and Elton John just to name a few. Crombie has found a way to be a Iconic brand for over 200 years by developing top of the line quality as well as adapting to customer demands.
Below is my favorite coat from Crombie’s iconic outerwear collection!
British Army Green Authentic Great Coat
As you may or may not already know I am a huge fan of big pronounced collars on my wool over coats and this army green number has just the right size. I love the slim silhouette throughout the jacket as well as the bold gold buttons. I also am a big fan of its military inspired roots. The great thing about army green is it can be paired with a numerous amount of colors and outfits. Formally I would pair this coat with a slim grey window pane suit to add some depth, a tailored white pique dress shirt, a hunter green varsity printed tie with yellow stripes, and a two tone beige and brown leather wingtip boot. In a casual setting I would pair this coat with a chambray shirt buttoned all the way to the top, slim brown chinos with a slight cuff, and a dark brown distressed military boot tied all the way up to the top.
Below is actually a visual of Nick Wooster donning the Great Coat at New York Fashion Week 2013!