Although initially dismissive of Black Fleece, I’ve changed my position somewhat after trying on a number of their outerwear pieces.
When this oddball Brooks Brothers line is able to suppress its avant-garde predilections, it’s capable of generating some beautiful pieces.
Most notable amongst the items I came across were a simple, cleanly designed charcoal down vest and the grey cashmere trench coat shown in the photo above.
The coat fit perfectly, had very little internal structure, and (being a mid-length trench coat) managed to steer clear of Black Fleece’s main pitfall; the bizarrely insufficient length.
These factors, when combined, make for a superbly stylish garment. It also bears mentioning that, if one were to close one’s eyes while wearing it, the coat could be mistaken for a well-cut bathrobe.
With its belt tied loosely in the back, this item would be a superb choice for a cold, dry winter night.