How the Reversible Balmacaan Became Menswear’s Most Versatile Winter Coat

Reversible clothing often feels like a gimmick—but what do you call a gimmick that’s remained relevant for 100 years? That’s the unusual case of the reversible balmacaan coat, which has been produced in different forms by different labels over the last century but remains strikingly consistent in its make: one side is cut from water-resistant cotton, while the other is a hearty tweed. The result is a hybrid coat that protects from rain but can serve as winter outerwear.

Given its practical nature and two-in-one utility, it’s no surprise that the piece became an Ivy style staple, though we have J. Press to thank for its stateside popularization. Read more at Robb Report.