A $50,000 BESPOKE VICUNA OVERCOAT THAT MY TEAM AND I MADE FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CLIENT IS THE SUBJECT OF A NEW BOOK. ITS TITLE, THE COAT ROUTE -CRAFT, LUXURY AND OBSESSION ON THE TRAIL OF A $50,000 COAT.
The story started in 2006 when I was commissioned by a client who lives in Canada to make him an overcoat of the best quality possible. I sourced the finest materials available from around the world, and my team and I at our workrooms at J. H. Cutler here in Sydney then made the coat entirely by hand. At the time I remember commenting that, “Using only the very finest of materials, the highest level of workmanship and with every stage completed entirely by hand, my team of world class craftsmen and I created a garment that I am confident cannot be bettered anywhere in Australia or overseas”. The client was so delighted with the end result that he later had a second overcoat made by J. H. Cutler, again using luxurious vicuna fabric, but in a different colour.
In America, the writer and author Meg Lukens Noonan heard about this project and decided to write a book about the making of the original coat. In doing so, she traced the story of all the materials that went into producing the coat, spoke to the artisans involved and met the proud owner, visiting Australia, Peru, Canada, France, Italy and the UK in the process. The result is a book entitled The Coat Route – Craft, Luxury and Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat. The paperback edition of the book, the cover of which can be seen here, is published by Scribe Publications in Australia in the first week of July, whilst Speigel & Grau in the US will publish the hardback edition on the 16th July. The Coat Route is available from good bookshops everywhere, and on-line.
More information on the bespoke vicuna overcoat featured in the book can be found at www.vicunabespoke.com whilst further information on the book and its author can be found at www.meglukensnoonan.com
I hope you take the opportunity of reading the book and enjoy doing so as much as I enjoyed making an overcoat that I proudly consider to be an unparalleled expression of the bespoke tailor’s art.
Born in 1949 and christened John Handel Lawson Cutler, I am the fourth generation of my family to take up the tailor's shears. I joined the family business straight from school at 16 years of age. Even before then I had always shown a very keen interest in bespoke tailoring and shirt making.» READ MORE