The Reversible Valstarino - Brown
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 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.
Dark brown is Valstar's best-selling colour of jacket, and with good reason. It goes with everything from grey flannels to battered jeans, a shirt to a T-shirt. The most versatile lightweight jacket there is.
For more on why Simon thinks this jacket is so useful, see the original post here.
In the pictures Simon is wearing a size 52, which is a size up from what he would normally take. This is the slim fit version from Valstar, which is the one readers will be most familiar with - sold all around Europe and Asia. You can see how a 50 looks on Simon in last year's post on the navy version, here.
We would suggest sizing up if you are in any doubt.
Measurements (all in centimetres):
|Shoulder width (A)||43||44.5||46||47.5||49||50.5|
|Body length (E)||63||64||65||66||67||68|
|Chest width (half) (B)||51||53||55||57||59||61|
|Sleeve length (H)||65||66||67||68||69||70|