The Universal Coat feat. Davis Gooch

January 25th, 2013

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Nashville native Davis Gooch, as featured here, knows a thing or two about breaking-in well made clothing.

As a production assistant at Freeman’s Sporting Club, Gooch is a student of practical design who understands the long-lasting value of getting the details just right.

“The jacket featured here is an unconventional but hyper-functional wool overcoat. Lined with 1000D Cordura (a urethane-coated nylon fabric often used to make weatherproof backpacks), it’s windproof, waterproof, super versatile and unbelievably warm.”

Here he shows us three no-fuss ways to wear it.

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1. All Business

“I like the collar on this overcoat because it’s quietly versatile. Pushed up, it’s a nice junction between traditional overcoat and peacoat. Folded down, the mini-notch lapels make a shape similar to that of an old-school shawl collar car coat.

I am disinterested in looking the same everyday [as you can see here]. I enjoy mixing up silhouettes and appreciate the contours of different outfits.”

I love how Gooch takes classic conservative pieces (like the striped oxford, vintage wingtips and blue blazer by Brooks Brothers), has them tailored, beats them up, and puts his own unique-but-subtle spin on them.

“The pants are the Winchester trousers by FSC. Fit on these is slim, but straight through the leg with a full rise. A little tailoring and they’re great for dressing things up.”

  • Grey wool “Ruster” overcoat by FSC
  • Fitzgerald Two-Button Sports Coat by Brooks Brothers
  • Striped oxford by Brooks Brothers (Vintage)
  • Neutral knit tie Vintage
  • Burgundy “Winchester” trousers by FSC
  • Leather wingtips Vintage
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  • YL

    This guy’s got swag. His outfits are so simple but speak volumes.

  • Jordan

    Dirty sneakers, dingy t-shirt, old beanie, baggy and faded pants,cigarette…not sure about if that was a joke or a real look, but i respect his effort and culture. I am sure that look appeals to many less fortunate people

  • Sneakerhead

    The sneakers in look #3 are actually Air Max 1s from the Skulls pack.

    • Gooch

      Good work! AM1 is the name Nike gave to the original “Air Max” sneaker, one of the first with an air bubble in the midsole. It’s also known as the Air Max ’87, as there were many Air Max editions to follow (’90, ’95). The Skulls pack is a nod to Pre’s Oregon high school Cross Country team. The Marshfield Pirates logo was the skull and crossbones you see on the back of both shoes.

      Like Dan, I am a retired (eh, recovering) Sneakerhead.

      • http://www.tsbmen.com Westley Dimagiba

        let me find out you know your sh*t Gooch!

  • Changingman

    The black shirt in #2 looks excatly like a black Levis denim shirt i bought in mid 90′s. I still have it and love it, but , its way too big.

    • http://tsbmen.com Alex Crawford

      Could you get it tailored?

  • RH

    Awesome coat, have been looking for something just like this. Ive tried on similar overcoats where the shoulders and sleeves fit pretty spot on, but the waist isnt really tailored or fitted, giving off a boxy appearance. I know its meant to fit over a suit/jacket comfortably, but is it worth getting tailored, or would that be too pricy?

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Sliming down the sides should cost about $25-40. Which is worth it, in my opinion, considering men tend to wear outerwear more frequently than any other category.

      Cheers mate.

  • Simos

    That ring looks great! Does it have a backstory too?

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      I’m sure it does. Maybe I can get Davis to respond…

    • Gooch

      Yes! Thanks for asking. I have quite a few Laotian friends back home in Nashville, and a couple years ago I attended a Lao New Year at a Buddhist temple in Tennessee, and bought this from a very sweet, small lady. The figure is Yak, a deity/demon who is a symbol of protection. It’s no sterling silver heirloom, nonetheless one of my prized possessions

      • Jay

        Gotcha, what is the size of the coat, I’m thinking of buying it but not sure of the sizing. I’m usually a small (36) in a blazer.

        Thanks

  • Joe

    Big fan of the Gooch. Killer set here, I especially love the first look. I’m adding it the set of all time favorites, which includes this one http://tsbmen.com/12417/a-man-and-his-denim-featuring-davis-gooch/3/ . I can understand that not everyone may dig this as much as I do, but it’s clear that he makes his clothes his own and gives some thought to how he presents himself.

  • John

    What the hell? Was he even trying in the third set of shots? Looks like he just got out of bed.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      I don’t think he was trying at all…and I think that’s the point.

    • Michael

      I get the third look. It’s not for everyone. A youthful, edgier look. If I did a version of the third look, I’d put a a nice button-down collar, heavy cotton shirt, maybe in a plaid, rather than just a tshirt though.

      • http://tsbmen.com Alex Crawford

        Me too man. I dig the third look so hard. I also dig the heavy cotton button-down idea, but I think I would stick to a cream or white color.

  • TimL

    THE GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH !!!!

    Sorry…. I awalys wanted to say that… .and now I just did. :)

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      GOOOOOOCCCHHHHHH!!!

  • Pete

    Uninterested, not disinterested.

    • http://tsbmen.com Alex Crawford

      Actually, while uninterested has only one meaning, disinterested has two, one of which is completely interchangeable with uninterested. Though the way Davis used it may sound strange, it is still grammatically correct. Source: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/blog.php?action=ViewBlogArticle&ba_id=240

      • Wes

        Interesting point, Alex.

        • Alan

          It may be grammatically correct, but it’s not very stylish.

          • http://tsbmen.com Alex Crawford

            Yeah, but we’re all about creating your own new and interesting personal style here at TSB men, haha.

  • John

    I don’t really like the baggy camo pants, but other than that, an awesome post (as usual).

    I really like the first look! That coat is amazing (and unique).

  • eric

    to many pics of smoking lately, got it people smoke, but why promote?

    • Well,

      why complain?

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      I feel you.

      But our moto is “keep it real”. If we’re shooting someone, and they want to smoke, we’re not going to stop them.

    • Rory

      Damn you style blogger. After seeing that cigarette I decided to take up smoking. I’m now up to 60 a day and have a complexion like Keith Richards. Sadly I still suck at guitar.

  • Brady

    That coat is amazing! My favorite pieces are those that walk the line of casual and sophisticated. Well done Gooch and TSB team, another great post!

  • Prasanthan

    LOL is he lighting up a joint in that first pic?

    • Prasanthan

      First pic of the last page i mean

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Could be a self-rolled cigarette. It’s up for interpretation :)

    • Brady

      He is wearing a hemp shirt..

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        haha.

        • Jakob

          It would certainly fit the type, lol.

  • Mr E

    Bloody hell!

    You certainly make it difficult for a New Year’s resolutionist when you feature another cigarette in your photoshoots.

    That is the third time this month, chaps.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Well, not exactly.

      Sorry mate. It’s not really by choice. No one at TSB is a regular cigarette smoker, but when we shoot our featured guests we want them to be comfortable and natural.

      We are not trying to promote smoking! Stay strong Mr E.

  • Rory

    Looks great, love those coats but I’ve always hesitated when it comes to getting one as I am 5’8″ and an overcoat that falls just above the knee looks a bit odd to me. Am I wrong here? I have a peacoat that is a bit shorter as a compromise so is that my best option? Thanks

    • Chris

      I’m also 5’8″ and feel the same way, so I’m eager to see Dan’s response to this.

      Maybe get it shortened a bit at the tailor?

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Gooch is 5’9″.

        To answer your question, a tailor can shorten a piece of outerwear…but I wouldn’t spend the $ unless it’s necessary.

        • http://tsbmen.com Alex Crawford

          I’m 5’6″ and I wouldn’t hesitate to wear this coat. As long as a coat doesn’t come past the bottom of my knees I won’t get it tailored.

          • Rory

            Cheers guys. One of those things I was always told that only tall guys can get away with overcoats.

            I’ll definitely reconsider now.

            • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

              Old fashioned passed-down “rules” like this were one of the major inspirations to start this site.

              Guys have been conditioned to be limited in their wardrobe. Truth is, if you learn about clothes, develop your own style and dress with confidence, you can wear just about anything.

              Cheers.

              • Chris

                Dan,

                Speaking of length, what’s your take on length of a button up shirt worn un-tucked?(Look #2)

                I’ve always tried to get it to hit mid-rise or a bit higher, and felt like when its too long it looks less masculine/sloppy/out of proportion.