We're asking top designers to pick one look from their fall/winter 2011 collections and to explain the inspiration behind the item, how it was fabricated, and—of course—how to wear it. This week, Sam Shipley and Shipley & Halmos (whose e-commerce site launches today, btw) explain why they love, and will wear, the sharp peacoat from their latest collection.
What was the thought behind this new collection?
Sam Shipley:We never design based on a literal inspiration, like a specific movie or song or piece of art. It's more of a feeling that we try to create. For fall 2011, I'd definitely say we were more into the Americana experience than any previous Shipley & Halmos collection.
Tell us about your favorite piece from the collection.
Jeff Halmos: My favorite piece is the Winslow midnight-navy peacoat (above left). It's made out of a heavy, dense wool and has some incredible detailing, including custom metal ampersand peacoat buttons, leather trim throughout, wide-wale-corduroy pocket bags, and a striped flannel liner. I never look forward to the cold weather, but this jacket will get its wear this winter, that's for sure.
Sam Shipley: Peacoat's are as classic as classic gets. The Winslow was fun to design because we took the blank canvas of a naval jacket and thought carefully about how to update it without altering the timeless nature of the peacoat. I think we accomplished that goal. I can see lots of guys rocking this.
So, Jeff, if you're going to wear this piece this winter, what are you going to pair it with?
Jeff Halmos: I'm from Florida, so when the winter comes, I'm almost always freezing. A warm outer layer like a peacoat is key to staying warm, but so is layering. When it gets nasty out there, I'll throw on our Seini leather jacket (above right) under the peacoat for an extra layer of warmth.