Two weeks ago, I had the greatest opportunity to acquire the one jacket that I have always desired ever since the beginning of 2012. It has been in my wishlist ever since Fall Winter 2012
, a long time ago when this blog has just started. I was quietly waiting with patience for the right moment and a quick decision to bargain with the seller based in New York who was selling it as brand new with tags! This is the 5th time I am wearing it with pride and grace for work while writing this post at nearby cafe. See the complete collection at Balmain Fall Winter 2012 Presentation.
The Balmain Double Breasted Wool Gabardine Jacket is a rare piece from Olivier Rousteing’s second menswear collection. It’s was first offered online for pre-order earlier at Luisa Via Roma
in limited quantities and was only available at a few selective retailers around the world. They have even made a more exclusive version
with gold embroidered cuffs detailing earlier available at Harrods
. I even had the chance to try it in person during the beginning of the autumn winter season, an unforgettable experience, the moment of sheer pleasure when I tried it over felt ever more desirable.
It’s me wearing my new Balmain Double Breasted Wool Gabardine Jacket from the Balmain Fall Winter 2012, a ever-classic Armani Collezioni Mandrin Collar Cotton Shirt, paired with Balmain Black Waxed Skinny Biker Denim Jeans and Balmain Velcro Ribbed High-Top Leather Sneakers.
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Throughout the years, the Balmain Double Breasted Wool Gabardine Jacket has maintained an elegant perpetual appeal because of it’s advance design that has made it’s fashion relevant till date. The jacket offers multiple characteristics — a hybrid cross between a futuristic and modern classic piece with it’s refined statement making satin lapel and glamourous heritage of the overlapping double breasted is an instant gentlemen’s quintessential style. The clever use of the distinctive Balmain’s signature peak shoulders cuts and chunky silver military six row buttons and cuffs takes elevates the details further. Selected from the finest wool fabrics assembled at the heart of the designer’s home country, it is one of a few menswear pieces that are still made in France. The fit is perfection that doesn’t require alteration for a body type of mine, though it fits a size smaller due to the nature of the closer cuts that are destined for slim-fits, I am wearing a size 50 here while i’m a 48.
It puts a smile on my face whenever I have a glimpse of it hanging among the set of my blazers and jackets collection. I still think it has a unique charm despite it’s age in the fashion world that would have considered it being obsolete by now. But you will be surprise when there are truly great fashion pieces out there that will last a lifetime with careful evaluation and wise decision making. The designer has even remake this jacket for the Balmain Spring Summer 2014 menswear collection
, which now includes a few variants such as the more casual and seasonal skewed Balmain Double Breasted Cotton Jersey Jacket
available at Luisa Via Roma
, and the most identical recent added Balmain Black Double Breasted Blazer
that could be found at SSENSE
, also available in ivory
which seems to be more popular.
THE BALMAIN DOUBLE BREASTED WOOL GABARDINE JACKET
Balmain Homme Automne-Hiver 2012
Luisa Via Roma
– Balmain Black Wool Gabardine Double Breasted Jacket. Slim satin shawl collar. Four buttons at cuffs. Double breasted front button closure. Two internal pockets. Fully lined. Made in France. Sample Size: 48. Balmain Fall Winter 2012 Menswear Collection.
Luisa Via Roma
– Balmain Navy Double Breasted Cotton Jersey Jacket. Shawl lapels. Double breasted button closure. Three buttons at cuff. Flap pockets. Vent at back. Made in France. Sample size: 48 100% Cotton.
– Balmain Black Double Breasted Blazer. Double breasted blazer in black. Black silk blend shawl collar and plackets. Six on three oversize pewter-tone heraldic crest buttons at front closure. Angled breast pocket and flap pockets at front. Vented at back hem. Three-button sleeve closure with additional button hole. Fully lined. Tonal stitching. Main: 100% wool. Trim: 57% cotton, 43% silk. Body & pocket lining: 100% cotton. Sleeve lining: 100% cupro. Dry clean. Made in France.
– Balmain Ivory Double Breasted Blazer. Double breasted blazer in ivory. Black silk blend shawl collar and plackets. Three on six oversize pewter-tone heraldic crest buttons at front closure. Angled breast pocket and flap pockets at front. Vented at back hem. Three-button sleeve closure with additional button hole. Fully lined. Tonal stitching. Main: 100% wool. Trim: 57% cotton, 43% silk. Body & pocket lining: 100% cotton. Sleeve lining: 100% cupro. Dry clean. Made in France.
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