I can’t express how happy I am with my recent purchased Balmain Embroidered Wool Military Jacket from Balmain Fall Winter 2011 menswear collection. It is one of my most all time favorite collection designed by the entire Balmain team (since the absence of ex-Balmain creative director, Christophe Decarnin). Not to mention I have been desiring for this jacket for more than a year, do you know the feeling of wanting something so badly that you can’t go to sleep (they call it CBD, hmm…). Yes, I was in that state for the first few weeks, not very pleasant feelings and it took me a year to finally hunt one in my size with the right price in mind.
My first encounter with this beloved jacket was the release of Balmain Fall Winter 2011 menswear collection in Harrolds Collins Street, Melbourne. I did not like this jacket at that time, it was not even in my wishlist. I thought the jacket was a little costume-y and with a retail price tag of A$3,880, it would not justify to spend on a jacket at such steep pricing. When Harrolds End of Season Sale commenced at the end of February 2012, my goal was to catch a few Balmain jeans (did not happened) and my long loved Balmain Black Ranger Crepe Sole Boots (happened and still in love with it).
At that time, I was just curious to reach for this Balmain Wool Military Jacket, it was the only one left hanging alone at the racks. Nobody touched it during the peak sale hour, I figure out I had the time to just try what seems to be a $4,000 piece of clothing. The only size left that went 50% off was a size 46 (small), so it came to about A$1,940 – still very expensive. It was not my size, even though it was one size smaller I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it as the fabric was literally as tight as a pair of skinny jeans. But that moment, that very moment felt like forever, felt as if it was meant for me. Sometimes I still wonder whether it was right for me to have tried that jacket. Not knowing to face such consequences.
During the hunt, I had encountered with a few on eBay and Japan Yahoo Bid. The first was a size 48 that went 50% off, it was listed by Homme Trends, a luxury Taiwanese retailer that stocks Balmain and sells them on eBay – a good way to gain competitive advantage. But the prices from this retailer is always high, though the prices were high the 50% off give away seems to be quite worthy (since it was sold out every where in full price) even though it came to around the same price as Harrolds. I didn’t buy it because the seller didn’t respond to my messages, I was only asking whether they could secretly undeclared the value so I could escape tax and duties (heh). The next few were 46’s ($2,300+ and $3,900 – still available), and 52 ($1,600). One fine day in December 2012, I was happily browsing eBay in search for Balmain (had nothing in my mind) and I saw this jacket! It was on ‘Buy It Now’ with a very attractive price tag in brand new condition, unused state. Within a minute, I made up my mind and bought it right away.
So after a few weeks, it has finally arrived from America. The Balmain Wool Military Jacket that I yearn for almost a year. More pictures and specifications are as below.
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Source: Balmain.com – Balmain Fall Winter 2011 Menswear
French Name: Veste Militaire Galon Rounge
English Name: Balmain Men Military Jacket
Other Known Names: Balmain Flight Military Jacket, Balmain Cotton Canvas Military Jacket, Balmain Embroidery Design Military Jacket
Product Code: W1HT706B796
Colour Noir/ Black
Size Shown: T50
Size Guide: True to size
Size 44 – Shoulder 41cm, Chest 45cm, Waist 84cm, Sleeves 63cm, Length 70.3cm
Size 46 – Shoulder 43cm, Chest 46cm, Waist 86cm, Sleeves 63cm, Length 71.5cm
Size 48 – Shoulder 43.5cm, Chest 48.5cm, Waist 86cm, Sleeves 65cm, Length 73.5cm
Size 50 – Shoulder 45cm, Chest 50cm, Waist 88cm, Sleeves 66cm, Length 75cm
Size >52 – Unknown
Material: 50% Wool (external), 50% Polyester, Cotton (lining)
Design in France, Made in France
Me wearing my new Balmain Embroidered Wool Military Jacket, catch me on Instagram @drblogspot. Follow me! =)
Balmain Online Boutique – Balmain Military Jacket Fall Winter 2011 Menswear
LUISA VIA ROMA – Balmain Cotton Canvas Military Jacket – SOLD OUT
DOUBLE – バルマンオム 11/12年秋冬新作 ウール 刺繍デザイン ミリタリージャケット (Translation – Balmain New Fall-Winter 11/12 Wool Military Jacket Embroidery Design) – SOLD OUT
Vertice London – Balmain Wool Military Jacket – SOLD OUT
Riccardi Boston – Balmain Military Blazer – SOLD OUT
L’eclaireur – Balmain Black Wool-Mix Military Jacket – SOLD OUT
Homme Trends – Balmain AW11 Military Wool Jacket – SOLD OUT
eBay, unknown seller – Balmain Fall Winter 2011 Military Jacket – SOLD OUT
Balmain also designed a women’s version of the Embroidered Wool Military Jacket. This may be confusing as I have seen some men on Instagram wearing the women’s version, hmm… The true difference that anyone can spot is the wider embroidered collar, it is sharper and bigger than the mens. The collar has chain detailing unlike the mens in standard red and gold embroidery. The other significant difference is the top two military button pockets, the men’s in comparison has no buttons at top pockets. The gold ring applique cuff on the women’s is reversed, and the trims are completely linked, while the men’s gold ring applique cuff faces outside and trims are not linked. Below here is an example in the real world, Evan Ross wears the women’s Balmain Military Style Wool-Blend Jacket.
Source: Upscale Hype, jerrylorenzo.blogspot.com – Evan Ross in Balmain Fall 2011 Military Jacket
THE OUTNET – Balmain Military Style Wool-Blend Jacket. Black wool-blend
Satin and chain military-style embellishments at collar and cuffs, two button-fastening breast pockets, two front flap pockets, two internal pockets, button-fastening cuffs, back vent. Button fastening at front. Fabric: 50% polyester, 50% wool; fabric2: 100% cotton; fabric3: 52% viscose, 48% cotton. SOLD OUT
Balmain Military Style Wool-Blend Jacket – £2734.60