C3 = Custom Car Coat

I can remember several times, earlier in life, when I really wished that I had a Car Coat for the original reason it was created, to keep you warm when driving in an open car in cold weather. People with convertibles usually want to drive with the top down, no matter how cold the weather, unless it’s raining…hard.

Photos all from Wikipedia: 1925 Ford Model T; 1963 MBZ SL; 2004 Porsche Boxster

Prior to 1910, the primary body style for an American-made automobile was a convertible or open-top. Even after the closed-body model became the standard, insulation technology was lagging behind. It still could get mighty cold so people regularly wore coats and gloves when driving in the winter. Combine the diminished mobility of all that bulk with the lack of power steering, and you had an accident waiting to happen.

The Car Coat was designed with a shorter length (about 8 inches shorter than full length) and A-line shape that made it easier and more comfortable to wear when driving than the standard full length overcoat. Problem solved. But the truth is that only about 1% of all cars sold in the U.S.A. have a convertible feature. Wearing a coat and gloves while driving is hardly necessary for most people today. But the Car Coat style is as popular as ever because it is lighter, packs more easily, and is more versatile with a variety of clothing styles, from casual to business dress.

While navy or black solid are the most popular colors for a Car Coat, (I have practically lived in my navy Car Coat during the past three winters) with the option of having one custom-made, a whole range of other colors, patterns, and varying weights of cloth are available to help you develop a mini-wardrobe of coats are at least get the one that is perfect for you. In addition to the obvious choices, why not get one made from a winter weight sport jacket cloth, such as cashmere, camel’s hair, and a broad range of tweeds, checks, herringbones and plaids?

Since your new coat will be custom made, you also have choices about pockets and buttons, lining and stitching, and other details to make it one-of-a-kind. Your Tom James Clothier will expertly advise on all of the details and sizing.

Living the custom life,


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