The Reversible Valstarino
Simon's version of a menswear classic, exclusive to Permanent Style.
The popular Valstarino suede blouson is given extra functionality by making it reversible to waterproof Loro Piana Storm System.
The buttons each come with a buttonhole next to them, allowing the wearer to push them through to the other side when they want to reverse the jacket.
Says Simon: "I think the Valstarino jacket has been popular with sartorial dressers because it fits so well into a tailored wardrobe. The suede, the slim pockets and (most importantly) the button-up front make it unusual among blousons in being smart enough to substitute for a tailored jacket.
"However, one thing I always thought would increase the Valstarino’s usefulness would be to make it weatherproof. So at the beginning of last year I started working with Matteo at Valstar to develop a reversible version of the jacket. This was initially just a made-to-order project for myself, but after a while it seemed obvious we should make a small run to offer to readers as well."
Simon wanted to use the best materials, hence the Loro Piana waterproofing (which lifts it above most other Valstarinos in terms of price) and the use of two-hole matte-horn buttons.
"Polished buttons might be more Italian, but they’ve always looked a little cheap to me. I prefer unpolished horn, as is traditional on Savile Row," says Simon.
Navy is also the perfect colour to play the Valstarino's jacket-substitute role in a modern sartorial wardrobe. Travel in a navy Valstarino, pack a navy blazer, and you’ve got the great foundations of a great travel wardrobe.
For more on why Simon thinks this jacket is so useful, see the original post here.
In the pictures Simon is wearing a size 50, but says he could wear a 52 if intending to wear knitwear underneath. This is the slim fit version from Valstar, which is the one sold all around Europe and Asia. As it fits slim, do size up if you are in any doubt.
Measurements (all in centimetres):
|Shoulder width (A)||43||44.5||46||47.5||49|
|Body length (E)||63||64||65||66||67|
|Chest width (half) (B)||51||53||55||57||59|
|Sleeve length (H)||65||66||67||68||69|