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Review: Maison Scotch Black Tweed Jacket

As mentioned here, I bought a black jacket since the Helmut Lang Era Blazer in my size in Black at Intermix was sold out. The jacket I purchased is the Maison Scotch Black Tweed Jacket. Prior to this, I have never heard the label Maison Scotch before but from what little research I did, they’re a Dutch company that apparently has Isabel Marant knock-offs for an affordable price.

Maison Scotch Black Tweed Jacket BlazerMaison Scotch Black Tweed Jacket

I have always wanted a tweed jacket ala Chanel, which I consider to be a classic staple, much like a black blazer but a little more feminine. I love the Maison Scotch Tweed Jacket in Black because of the cut and the elbow patch, which I think gives the jacket a little bit of character. I found it on sale at Madison LA here and also surprisingly on Amazon here. However, availability of sizes differ at both sites and I took a chance and purchased it from Amazon instead since with Prime membership (thanks, G!) I had free shipping and returns whereas it was final sale at Madison LA.

As I wasn’t sure on sizing, I sent an email to Madison LA to inquire about the shoulder width of the garment as they only had size 2 and I purchased size 3 from Amazon. Madison LA emailed me back and told me that as the item had to be transferred from a store for measurement, they would get back to me no later than the next day. When I emailed them to follow up the next day, they were prompt with their response. In case anyone was wondering, size 2 had shoulder width of 14.5″ while it is 15″ for size 3. (Props to Madison LA for their good customer service, btw).

Here’s how the jacket looks on me…

Maison Scotch Black Tweed Jacket Modeling Worn

Maison Scotch Black Tweed Jacket Back Modeling WornMaison Scotch Black Tweed Jacket as modeled on me

Sadly, as much as I love the jacket, it doesn’t fit me well. The size 2 would likely fit me better but jackets and outerwear’s shoulder width has to be 15″ for it to fit me without restricting my arm movements. If the jacket was cheaper (say less than $100), I would have considered keeping it and have it tailored to fit me better. I have to say the quality of the jacket is pretty good as it’s lined and has substantial weight to it to keep one warm during transitional weather such as Fall or Spring. Alas, it’s just not meant to be (for me at that price point) yet I wanted to write a review for it since I couldn’t find anything while researching about it!

Manhattan for the Day

As mentioned in the previous post, we had plan on spending the day in New York city before catching our train back to DC today. We started the day with some delicious brunch at The French Coast on the Upper West Side.

Chocolate & Banana Crepe The French Coast Upper West Side New York

Chocolate & Banana Crepe $10.25 (mine)

Applewood Smoked Bacon The French Coast Upper West Side

Applewood Smoked Bacon $4 (shared)

Pesto scrambled eggs The French Coast Upper West Side New York

Pesto Scambled Eggs $10.25 (G’s)

Food was good but service was slow. Somehow people who arrived after us got their food before we did! Oh well… in any case, as I’m writing this post I realized that those were the only food pics that I took since we were walking around the whole day and just bought street food instead of eating at a proper restaurant. And walked we did.. as we covered 4 miles (~54 blocks) from the apartment of G’s relative all the way to Penn Station to catch our train back to DC.

Of course it goes without saying that we stopped by in stores along Fifth Avenue on our way to Penn Station.

USS Maine Monument New York City Columbus Circle

USS Maine Monument at the southwest corner of Central Park near Columbus Circle

Bergdorf Goodman New York

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman 111th anniversary window

One of the many windows at Bergdorf that’s celebrating their 111th anniversary

We also stopped by at YSL, Chanel, and ZARA to window-shop. I tried on a ZARA tweed jacket which I tweeted earlier and it’s on the Fall shopping list along with a leather jacket!

ZARA F/W 2012 Fantasy Fabric Jacket Zips Tweed Black SilverZARA Fantasy Fabric Jacket with Zips $169

ZARA F/W 2012 Fantasy Fabric Jacket Zips Tweed Black Details close upClose up of details

I think the jacket would make a great Fall jacket, a modern version of the tweed jacket with a twist (in this case, zips) that can pass as a classic in time to come.

I also tried on the biker leather jacket in ZARA and they had the M in store which definitely fits better. (I had previously tried the S and it fits snugly but with a sweater or thicker top underneath, it would be too tight.)

ZARA Padded Shoulder Leather Biker Jacket F/W 2012ZARA Leather Biker Jacket with Padded Shoulders $249

ZARA Leather Biker Jacket with Padded Shoulders DetailsClose up of details

I have always toyed with the idea of getting a leather jacket but never really followed through. Perhaps this Fall one will make its way to my wardrobe? Well, I guess time will tell!

In any case, I had a wonderful weekend in New York and I hope you had a good one, too!

Happy Birthday Coco Chanel!

Coco Chanel

pic taken from here

Today marks the 125th birthday of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. You have been such a great influence in my style! Thank you for popularizing the trends that has now become classic staples: the LBD, quilted handbags, tweed jackets, capped-toe ballet flats, and my absolute favorite, stands of pearls. Now, I just need to work on adding a real tweed jacket to my wardrobe and I will be all set!

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