Once an accoutrement of soldiers hunkered down in the trenches, the trench coat remains one of the most famous and enduring wardrobe staples for men and women alike. To sport one made by Yves Saint Laurent? Priceless. In 1968 fashion couturier Yves Saint Laurent appropriated the classic trench coat into his "Saharienne" collection and the rest is history. YSL launched his menswear line in 1974, the same year he moved his couture headquarters from Rue Spontini to Avenue Marceau, the heart of Paris's fashion establishment.
Starting from the top: shoulder epaulets, right breast storm/gun flap, double breasted with eight horn-style buttons in 2x4 line, single right collar button, single back vent, detachable & adjustable belt with leather buckle, one matching cuff belt. Two slant pockets lined with ochre colored fabric that feels like cashmere. Coat is lined in a pale olive green silk fabric and a zip in/out removable lining in soft plaid wool & silk for extra warmth when needed, but not extra bulk.
Structurally this is a men's coat as it buttons left to right, but would look just as fabulous on the right woman.
Label: Yves Saint Laurent - Made in France
Fabric: no tags ~ Medium weight khaki cotton gabardine
Fits Like A Modern: Women's 14/Men's 38 (slim fit through chest & shoulders) (Approximate~please check measurements carefully.)
Collar: 17 1/2"
Armpit to Waist: 7 1/2" (from seam under arm to center of belt loop)
Sleeve Length: 25"
Belt: 56 1/2"
Back Vent: 19"
Coat Length: 45"
Condition: Very Good. It came to me dry cleaned but I sent it out again last week and it cleaned up even more. A few faint spots on cuffs and along hemline. There were three buttons missing. I moved the inside button at the left breast to the front, so that will need replacing as well as the bottom two buttons. (Photos were taken before dry cleaning and moving the button.) There is one cuff strap missing. The leather on the belt and cuff strap is a bit weathered. I contacted YSL via email and they recommended taking it to a trusted tailor/seamstress and having them create one. You can read the email here.
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