Hair of the Camel

Gucci Single Breasyed camel wool overcoat
Gucci Single Breasted camel wool overcoat

When someone tells you that you need to protect cashmere when you store it away for the summer, believe it. Moth holes always seemed to be the fantasy of some old wives-tale obsessed worry wart. Well, I found out the hard way that cashmere munching moths really do exist. Two seasons ago I got a beautiful camel cashmere topcoat in Europe. That beautiful coat got test driven twice before the winter ended. Without thinking, I hung it in the closet and forgot to put it in the sturdy garment bag it came with.

Caruso Gobigold Butterfly camel coat
Caruso Gobigold Butterfly camel coat

Sure enough when I went to wear it this past winter I noticed some lint on the back. As I brushed it off just before leaving the apartment I saw that I was brushing away the remains of what a moth had eaten. Underneath that clump of lint were a series of perfect holes that went right through the fabric to the lining beneath. That moth didn’t settle there but ate its way through the coat in 4 areas across the back. The damage was too great to repair and too high to cut the coat shorter. Now to find a replacement…

Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Camel topcoat
Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Camel topcoat

Here are a few possibilities to consider. What I particularly like about all three are their trim, shorter proportion and beautiful quality of make and materials. None of these coats overpower someone under 6 feet and still look correct over a blazer. A camel coat is a great finishing touch whether over a sweater or a suit.

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