Monday, May 19, 2008

Cantarelli Reversible Sportcoat

While I was at Pitti this past January was intrigued by this reversible sportcoat by Cantarelli.

I think it is in-store at Bergdorf and Neimans right now.

I’m still undecided about the concept of a reversible jacket but ,at least here, the execution of the jacket is very good.

Makes me seriously consider trying one out.


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  1. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Actually might be worth trying… it seems to be okay – and feels a bit relaxed at the same time. Probably great at the right occasion.

    The pants, by the way, make it work here too… except that the gentleman on the left in the solid version of the coat might be wearing his pulled up a bit too high for his size.

  2. AntĂłnio Erre

    May 19, 2008 at 9:32 am

    The jacket is very “easy” and “relax” despite the golden buttons. I consider buy one for myself. The trousers (not for me)because they look “clownesq”, though. The red bud roses a plus. Nice fleshy guys!

  3. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I’m happy to see that the quality is not compromised in this piece. At least it does not seem like it…. Nicely done!

  4. William

    May 19, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I love the concept, but I would like the lapels to be a bit slimmer on that jacket

  5. McTickle

    May 19, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Looks very unconstructed in a good, casual way. Why not try it?

  6. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Perhaps a little off subject, but when did this idea of pushing SUIT jackets as sport coats pop up? When did a chalk stripe suit jacket become acceptable as a sport coat? Just a gimmick to get you to pay extra for the jacket and matching pants they just happen to have in stock. It always appears a little too thrift store for me.

  7. Sara

    May 19, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Never mind the jackets. Let’s focus on the pants. They are without a doubt the ugliest pants I’ve seen in a long time! Or, I’ll take that back. The pants are ok, but the way they fit? OMG. It’s pathetic, truly pathetic. If this is considered fashionable, I’m gonna work HARD on not looking fashionable. I would never, ever want to look like that wearing pants.

  8. jakubowski

    May 19, 2008 at 11:20 am

    better gimmick than reversable jacket:one suit with two pairs of pants… (for when the first pair wears out before the jacket does.)

  9. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Nice jacket. A bit of a novelty item perhaps?

  10. katja hentschel

    May 19, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Great. I’ll take them both.

  11. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    It’s probably the pants that make me think of Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

  12. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Scott, this is a cool concept for a jacket but I am a bit confused by this image. Is it the same guy in the picture (with two separate images put together) or are there two different guys in the picture that look very much alike?

  13. Kate G.

    May 19, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Smart idea, yes? I love the reversible buttons. One caveat: I’d lengthen the collar and lapel. Pinstripes say long to me.

  14. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    really though, what’s not to like?

  15. Nate Nead

    May 19, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    I remember I had one of these things back in the 80′s. Except I think the colors were hot pink or something.

  16. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    I think it’s a great concept.
    Seems really difficult to execute. I love the quality, or enough quality, of Cantarelli, I’m just not in love with the model (of jacket) Kind of Ital-American. For me, I’d like to see a commitment either direction. I would totally rock this jacket a little slimmer, shoulders reeled in, lapels slimmed a bit. Without a total copy, something like Isaia meets Etro. Don’t worry about fitting everybody, commit to a fit and those who can wear it will look awesome. Blah-blah, sorry. Thank You.

  17. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    A suit jacket is great as a separate piece. Especially for once in a while suit guys, like me. Granted, not every suit jacket can do this, but a sexy Dolce or Gucci, Attolini or Purple label Ralph, looks great with dark nice fitting quality jeans. Mixed with everything else you would wear with the suit, maybe not a tie. Fire up an ascot and upscale sneaks. find the mischief. IF, you can wear it, WEAR IT. Jump in the game and go for it, or at least give it a little nudge, judge.

  18. sammy wammy

    May 19, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Its an interesting idea but I just think anything more structured than a windcheater shouldn’t be reversible. Also, the high trousers ‘hoist’ looks a bit like when people are wearing a wire harness underneath, like they’re about to lift off the ground.

  19. Style Slicker

    May 19, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    very nice.


  20. Caterina

    May 19, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Oh this idea exists since a long time.
    May be not in tailored men´s wear but here in northern germany we have a classic raincoat, yellow impermeable from the outside, blue material on the inside. you can reverse it of course.
    This jacket here is a clever 2-in-one solution. But the photo leaves correct fit in qustion.

    And: is it a product that a man really needs to have?
    I think there´s a funny detail with these a bit too much pulled up trousers:
    One guy is dressing to the left, the other seems to be more dressing to the right ;)

  21. tobias

    May 19, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Looks good but,the reversible sportcaot just does not appeal to me.

    Cheapo’s get two for the price of one!

    Love the shoes though!

  22. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    The jacket looks like too-soft construction. I will just stick with my old Loro Piana from (you guessed it) the thrift store. Plus I think most american guys would flinch at the size of the gold buttons (huge!) Don’t really know why one would need more than one navy jacket anyway. Jorge from West Palm Beach

  23. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    This picture is a little eerie, in a good way though, something about the guys standing so close to each other (almost like Siamese twins). Kind of reminds me of a Diane Arbus photo.
    Anyways… Nice Jacket.

  24. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Sir, I would seriously recommend you give this one a pass: The fit and cut looks horribly awkward. The styling here is horrendous– not (geek) chic at all, but literally “Revenge Of The Nerds.” So unflattering.


  25. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    This “trend” with the shorter trouser length has to stop. Seriously. It looks ridiculous.

  26. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I love it and agree with 10.05am about quality. you’ve got to try it to properly understand how it works and feels; clothes are made for the body, not the hanger or the camera. i want one and i’m a girl, will definitely check it out!

  27. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    waist up = love it.
    waist down = want to seriously pull their pants down a little.

  28. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    I like my suit jacket with jeans. I like reversible idea. Maybe thinner lapel.

  29. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Looks like the male version of that nightmare scene from “The Shining.” Pass on this look. Don’t like floods.

  30. bdiglett2

    May 19, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    not sure if im a fan of the gold buttons or the lapel…..the shoes are pretty kick ass rad though

  31. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    No, no, no, no, no, no. How can I express negativity without invoking the Deity. Reversable anything is totally ’50′s suburban “growing children” wear.
    When one side got dirty, or worn out, or just boring, you turned it inside out. Mothers everywhere rejoiced. I thought this horror had passed.

  32. mr big

    May 19, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Reversible jackets are (i) hard to wear (ii) tacky and (iii) diminishes the value of the overall design. Plus it’s not sellable at all. I think we should still stick to the “conventional” jacket.

  33. Always In Style

    May 19, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I love these, very The Who circa 1965, Don’t believe me? Google their “My Generation” LP.

    Looking good!

  34. Katrina D.

    May 19, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Anyone confused by the hoisted white pants with blazer look should check out David Hemmings in Antonioni’s film Blowup (1966 London through the eyes of a very style-conscious Italian filmmaker if you need a further cultural reference). I’m guessing these guys have seen the movie. Vanessa Redgrave’s outfit is also to die for.

  35. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    So mod.

    (Would Beatle Boots make the twins’ trouser look too much like a costume?)

    But seriously, Sart… A reversible sportcoat would be great for traveling.

    – desertwind

  36. Anonymous

    May 20, 2008 at 12:36 am

    The jacket is skimpy, like the pants. The stooped posture conveys style or unattractive ill health?

  37. citizen

    May 20, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I love the “twins” look, very clever.
    The reversible jacket looks nice, but those trousers, especially with that top, really don’t work. They’re just high and short enough to be clownish.

  38. Laurence John

    May 20, 2008 at 4:40 am

    the striped side doesn’t appear to be draping too well around the buttons.

    this seems a bit of a gimmick. i mean if you find a jacket you love you don’t expect it have ANOTHER great jacket on the reverse. one thing at a time please.

  39. Anonymous

    May 20, 2008 at 5:08 am

    I can’t really see the value in the two coats’ being so similar; why not commit to one or the other without the inevitable compromise of a reversible coat?

  40. Lieutenant Glahn

    May 20, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Very Twin Falls Idaho. Add Michele Hicks to complete the ensemble.

  41. Sarah H

    May 20, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Oh no, do people really wear pants that short? Is that a trend? It looks so bad!

  42. Caterina

    May 20, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    And, unlike the jacket, the guys are binovular twins!
    The jacket is monovular :)

  43. Anonymous

    May 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Reminds me of the Palm Beach brand suits we sold at George Muse Clothing Co in the late 70s – came with two pair of trousers and a reversible vest. You would wear the solid jacket with either the matching suit pants or second plaid pair, then reverse the vest to match the plaid pants! Very spiffy for the traumatized executive who wants to wear wild polyester like the guys on Love American Style, but still has to go to work at the bank. A perfect sartorial metaphor for the sad, late and graceless transition from the IBM period to the disco period in business dress. The worst thing is, although polyester they were well made and not cheap. We were a schizophrenic store: we sold these, Sansabelt, and Louis Roth, but also Oxxford and real (and expensive) 1970s RL designed Polo. Go figure.

  44. Anonymous

    May 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    I suppose if you spilled salad dressing on it you can always turn it inside-out. About the only redeeming value I see.

  45. Anonymous

    May 22, 2008 at 2:22 am

    are they.. twins? YUMMY!!!!

  46. Nick Couch

    May 24, 2008 at 4:35 am

    want to buy some white trousers in UK, any ideas?

  47. Anonymous

    May 25, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I agree with a previous poster, these jackets seem really akward.

    Although – how useful! If you spill something on one side you can always wear it on the other!

  48. Chris

    May 11, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    The concept is straight up from the Fresh Prince of Bell-Aire. I don’t care what anyone says. Will would do this with his prep school blazers. Its a tight idea, the execution here is off though. If they would have slimmed down the lapel and added one or 2 more buttons (so you could do a collar-up sort of look, maybe flip it into a straight up jacket) that would have been a bit better. And they should have turned up the volume on the reversed side. Maybe done something with some silk, possibly a paisley print.

  49. Guy

    August 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    A lot of people seem hostile toward the idea of a reversible jacket. But, really, when you have it on, and (if) it fits like a regular jacket, no one would know it’s reversible except you.

    These two models, however. Ahem. Seems fit is not good with the jacket or those pants.

  50. BistroSA

    August 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    It’s amazing to me the range of lapel widths these days–from super-skinny to super-wide–and the same for ties- skinny to
    the 4-inch-plus variations from Tom Ford, etc. I’m sticking to the middle ground: roughly 3-inch lapels and 3 1/4 inch (more or less) tie widths. And, I’m sorry, but I don’t get the high-water (above the ankle) trouser-length–a rather silly look, in my opinion.

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