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This item sold on July 30, 2011.

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Incredible 60s belted PVC rain trench coat, which is a rare early example of the new plastics which were being experimented with during the 60s, by a resepected and hard to come by designer.

The coat is lined and down the front are three large buttons - two of these are covered and original, the other is a replacement. It might be worth swapping over the cuff buttons so the front buttons are matching. The coat has classic trench lapels, long sleeves with epaulette and button, side pockets, and a matching belt. It really is a stunning piece and an amazing find.

The label is Paul Blanche of London. From what I have been able to find out about this label, Paul Blanche was a leader in high quality coats and jackets during the 50s and 60s in London. At one stage Louis Feraud designed for the label, and they were an innovator in new technologies such as silicone proofing. There is a Paul Blanche leather skirt suit in the V&A museum, which was included in an exhibition on 60s mod fashion:

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O164811/skirt-suit/

You can also see one of his fashion shows here, from an earlier period:

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=329


Size is about a medium.

Bust 38"
Waist 38"
Hips 40"
Length 37"
Shoulders 15.8"
Sleeves 21.5"
Belt 60"

Condition of the outer is very good for the most part. There are splits at the corners of each pocket, the seam is starting to come apart at a small section of the left underarm, and there are small splits on the buttonholes. I would take this to a leather specialist for mending, as they should be able to apply a plastic for mending. The lining is also torn in about five places. The tears are not small, but I believe the lining is silk so they may be worth mending. If you would prefer a new lining, this can be usually be done by any dry-cleaner which offers a repair service. The only other issue is the different button on the front, which as I said might be best swapped with one on the sleeve. Despite these faults the coat is still very wearable, but with some proper attention could be perfect again. I usually mend things myself but since this is such a rare item and in an unusual material, it is best left to the professionals.

Rare 60s black mod shiny vinyl pvc rubber slicker rain trench coat by Paul Blanche with belt in a space age style medium

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: buttons, vinyl, pvc, rubber, patent leather, plastic
  • Feedback: 206 reviews
  • Ships from London, United Kingdom to select countries.
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