I was again asked by Louis at Matthew Aperry to do a review of their garments. If you will remember, the first time I wrote about a linen suit, which I concluded that although not great; was a good value for the money. As a refresher on the brand, Matthew Aperry is a smaller and newer brand out of Hong Kong that strives to deliver custom suits at a very low price; the lowest I have reviewed to date at $199-299. Their website could use a good overhaul, so try not to judge them too hard on that.
This time round Matthew Aperry asked that I review one of their coats. Something I eagerly obliged, due largely in part to the fact that it would be the first piece of custom outerwear I would publish a review on (there is potentially another one on a Knot Standard coat coming). Although I liked some of the fabrics that they had available I was curious to see if they had any that were not featured on the site. Much to my delight they did, including this very red burgundy cashmere fabric. So if you are interested in using Matthew Aperry for a suit or jacket, you may want to ask what ‘off menu’ fabrics and items they have. This is a huge plus in my book.
For the styling of the jacket I wanted to keep things very simple. I also wanted to keep the jacket on the slimmer side. I do not intend to wear it over a suit jacket or sports coat so I did not need to allow for extra room. In effect, I wanted to keep this jacket as a more casual piece of outerwear; able to cover a business casual look (like pictured above) to a more casual look with chinos and loafers. So far the jacket has fit the bill well. Unfortunately, the season is all but over to wear such a jacket, but I am confident it will get some solid wear over the next few winter seasons. So, let’s take a closer look at the coat.
In summary, I am happy with the coat from Matthew Aperry. It does have its flaws, primarily that the fabric being less than luxurious. The construction is decent, but it is not as clean or solid feeling as Black Lapel or MyTailor; but then again, their garments cost more than Matthew Aperry’s. It is crucial to realize what is reasonable to expect for what your are paying and in this case I think $279 is a fair price for what you are getting. Which is a coat that you can heavily customize both the details of and the fabric of. And in my case, a coat that looks very nice when worn. If you have any questions, comments or thoughts of your own; please feel free to sound off in the comments.
Note: FYGblog did receive the coat being reviewed for the purpose of review. As always, the utmost effort was taken to maintain an unbiased and fair stance on the product and brand at hand.