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Front Runners November 2015: Fair-Weather Friend

The traditional overcoat has some serious competition. Replacing the boxy, bulky standby are slimmer models that offer the same degree of warmth but are also lightweight and highly wearable. The newest topcoat from the Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli (brunellocucinelli.com) delivers just the right blend of style and comfort in a super-soft, double-faced cashmere version. “The silhouette is classic and timeless, yet its unstructured finish makes it relaxed, modern, and perfect for the versatile and active gentleman,” says Cucinelli, whose company is based in the Umbrian village of Solomeo. In his factory, a single artisan makes each topcoat ($8,210) almost entirely by hand, spending approximately 12 hours on the construction to give it a soft, unstructured finish. The relaxed silhouette fits over suits or adds polish to jeans and a T-shirt—even after winter thaws.  

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