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Hancock x Tenue de Nîmes

December 2, 2015

I’ve been looking forward to the launch of this collaboration, since seeing an image of the article 41 in the latest issue of Journal De Nîmes. Hancock continue to make the finest handmade outerwear and the guys at Tenue De Nîmes aren’t too shabby on the product front either. Meaning this meeting of minds was always going to produce fantastic results.

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Indeed, the partnership has given us a pair of stunning raincoats – the aforementioned article 41 which is styled like a traditional mac, and the article 49, which is trench coat styled. However, to simply say one’s a mac and the other’s a trench belies the care, attention to detail and design sensibilities that have gone into each style.

The Article 41 is constructed from a black-taupe vulcanised cotton, rubberised in the same traditional method that’s been used since 1843. The coat carries the features you’d expect of a Mackintosh – clean, sleek outer with a pair of lower pockets, concealed placket with only the top button visible and a stand collar. Where it differs from a standard mac is on the inside, with the addition of a detachable quilted liner that will help to keep the cold out (because as good as a mac is for keeping you dry, it’s not great at keeping you warm).

The Article 49 is a “modern trench coat redefined”. Again it’s waterproofed and comes in a night/ink colourway. It features cross-over, concealed fastening which keeps the front clean and makes the jacket stand out against other trench coats. A tension belt with leather buckle allows for a more tailored fit whist the traditional adjustable sleeve tabs complete the look. A pair of stunning coats from a pair of labels at the top of their field. For more information on Hancock go here, and for more on Tenue de Nîmes and to buy online, go here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2015 11:24 am

    The stunning fabric and useful lining make those very desireable indeed!

    • Rob permalink
      December 2, 2015 12:45 pm

      In theory they’re great but in practice quite terrible. If the smell of rubber doesn’t put you off, the inevitability that you’ll probably boil in your own sweat might. When there are so many fantastic fabrics available for outerwear, I don’t see how Georgian/Victorian technology is still relevant. I suppose it goes to demonstrate the pull of the word ‘heritage’ and how anything marketed as such is a sure-fire seller, even at 5 cents short of a thousand euros!

      • December 2, 2015 1:38 pm

        Yes, and no, for my part. I’ve been enjoying a Mackintosh Clisham for the past couple of years. Nothing keeps the rain out like the old type of rubberised fabric, which is good. On the other hand, this works both ways, so you don’t want to generate much damp. It helps a lot to have a good layer between body and outer fabric, by way of wool or indeed a lining. I also have a Cameraman with half Mac/half tweed. This is indeed an odd design choice and I’ve still not really found the situation it’s appropriate for. Dashing around London in it certainly made it the sauna you indicated. And neither of them are cheap, by any reckoning!

      • December 2, 2015 1:56 pm

        I think terrible is a bit harsh but will openly admit that they have a very small operating window and there are many jackets that are far more technically advanced and versatile.

        Personally I love my Dunoon but you’re right that they’re boiling if you’re in a warm environment (like the tube) and as I said they’re cold if you’re not properly layered up underneath.

        But for rain protection they’re brilliant and personally I love the look of them – simple and very elegant, if somewhat stuck in a bygone era. There aren’t many other jackets that look as sleek for me.

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