Lunch at the Plaza Jacket / CoatClassy and classic! Exquisitely designed jacket is all about flattering shape and distinctive details. from the pretty shawl collar to the curved front opening. Focal point frog closure is elaborately decorated with a large knot button and loop and tassel. Strategic seaming and waist shaping offer a fabulous fit. Invisible hood-and-eye closures, fully lined. Soft textured boiled wool.
Size XSmall (labeled as Small, but runs smaller ) Bust: 20" underarm to underarm or 40" aroundLength: 36"
Fabric: 100% boiled wool (please read below)
Color: Teal Blue (gorgeous color for blondes or brunettes
)Currently your Winter 08 Soft Surroundings Catalog $148
About Boiled WoolInformation taken from http://www.alpenstyle.com/boiledwool.aspxBoiled wool, also known here in the U.S. as boiled worsted wool and in Europe as walk or schurr wool, is a unique material in that it has so many appealing qualities.The advantages: What makes boiled wool such an attractive yet functional fabric is that it has durability, climatic comfort and wonderful softness incorporated into one fabric. When most people think of wool, they think of a cold weather only, scratchy material. Boiled wool is made into felted wool and is not scratchy. Boiled wool jackets can be made to keep you warm in the most severe weather or made of a lighter thickness for more temperate climates. Boiled wool jackets retain their shape for years due to the natural elasticity within the fabric. Boiled wool is also the most elegant, water resistant material you will find.The process: To produce boiled wool today, large special washing machines are used. Under the influence of heat and water, the scale structure of the wool, similar to that of pinecones, is broken up. The adjoining fibers in the knitted fabrics are intertwined. Apart from this, the individual wool fibers shrink. The wool felts and the knitted fabric shrinks up to forty percent in length and in breadth. In so doing, innumerable small air chambers are trapped in the fabric.The qualities: Felting gives wool special characteristics with the climatic qualities of a modern micro fiber. In this way an almost constant temperature is maintained inside a boiled wool jacket even when it is cold or windy, because the trapped air chambers work as a buffer zone. Even in rain and snow, boiled wool provides excellent protection against the bad weather due to the fact that sheep's wool can absorb about sixty percent of its own weight in water before it actually begins to feel wet. The lanolin oil content and the density of the fabric when felted add to the fact that drops of water roll off the surface of the fabric. Boiled wool is particularly weather-resistant because the ingenious felting increases the tensile strength and the friction resistance of wool remarkably. Boiled wool is particularly comfortable because unlike loden (woven wool vs. knitted wool), it stretches. One just has to wear this wonder fabric once to fall in love with it!Note: You don't have to save your Jacket for The Ritz, let everybody admire you with it any day or night, every day is what we make of it. This jacket is the perfect combination of weather insulation and absolute beauty.
If you have a chance, check out comparable jackets/coats at http://www.alpenstyle.com/SearchResult.aspx?KeyWords=boiled%20woolYou may be quite impressed with the prices boiled wool can command. If you don't see your size listed or have any questions please e-mail me, and please check out my eCRATER Store because I do combine shipping :)