Wool has been used to create warm and long-lasting outerwear for centuries. It’s properties lend themselves to this feat nicely - it’s both soft, comfortable on the skin, and certain types have long fibres, making it hard-wearing too.
The wool from different breeds of sheep have wildly different properties. For example, lambswool is known for being particularly soft as it is from young sheep. Merino is another fine wool, made of naturally long fibres making it strong too. The way the wool is woven also makes a difference to the feel of the fabric. It’s possible to see these differences in the range of wool coats we stock here at HANSEN. As well as styles from our own designer HANSEN Garments, we also stock mens overcoats in wool from Irish company Inis Meáin and French brand Le Laboureur. Whether you’d like a mens wool coat in slim fit or something more oversized, we have them all in our collection here.
Wool is brilliant for trapping in body heat in particularly freezing temperatures. A full coat, below knee length, is the best thing to face cold weather in.
Wool coats stocked here at HANSEN
Within our store, we stock both wool coats that are under our HANSEN Garments range, designed by us, and wool coats from other brilliant brands. To begin, we have our classic SIGFRED long solid wool coat. This design is made from 100% lambswool and is a chunky Portugese fabric with a double-faced weave. This is a lovely mens full length wool overcoat which is brilliant for layering over other, lighter-weight jackets and jumpers. It’s loose fit means that you can wear it however you want to. This is a truly versatile mens heavy winter coat. It’s cut with raglan sleeves meaning that it extends in one piece of fabric from the collar. This gives the tailored wool coat a simple, sophisticated silhouette. It has a simple button fastening at the front with hand pockets on either side. We stock this design in the colour black, navy melange, and september melange. Each colour gives the design a distinctly different look. The september melange colour, for example, is more of a statement but could be worn throughout the autumn to spring seasons. The black version however might be best suited for the depths of winter.
We also stock a wool coat with a hood called our SOREN hooded winter coat. This piece is available in both navy and black. The merino wool jacket is 100% merino, a beautiful wool known for how fine and soft it is on the skin. This sort of wool also has naturally long fibres meaning that it much stronger than other varieties. This makes it a very durable material, especially for mens winter coats which might be subjected to lots of wear. The coat has taken inspiration from the classic duffle coat style, a design which gained popularity because of Montgomery, a British field marshal, during World War II. As the hood is detachable, it’s only the front pockets which give away this inspiration if you wear the jacket without a hood. The buttons have also deviated from its source of inspiration. Instead of the toggles on duffle coats, we decided to use horn buttons as the closure for the coat instead. This gives this 100% wool coat a more contemporary look. For a different interpretation of the wool coat altogether, we also stock the Inis Meáin STORM knitted jacket in navy. Again, this piece is made from 100% merino wool and has horn buttons. However, this mens casual jacket takes its inspiration from Ireland.
These jackets were often worn by people living on the islands surrounding Ireland’s coast. It was wet and cold work, so the islanders needed to wear garments which kept them warm in the stormiest weather. To truly keep to tradition, this jacket has the typical padded shoulders, created by an extra layer of knitting. This was initially put there for extra warmth and so that the fisherman’s shoulders were protected when carrying their curach - the island fishing craft. In fact, Inis Meáin clothing is still made on the island of the same name where locals have been producing knitted goods for generations. This is true Irish craftsmanship. If you were looking for a mens short wool coat, Le Laboureur produce their work jackets in wool as well as their moleskin varieties. In 100% natural wool, they stock their grey colour with red buttons, their blue with silver buttons, and their nature coloured wool coat men with brown buttons. The nature looks almost like a mix between a pale beige wool coat and a cream wool coat. Each design has three outer pockets and is designed in the traditional, French sack coat style. Whichever sort of mens winter coats or overcoats suit you, you will find the best mens winter coats here at HANSEN.
FAQs about Wool coats
How should I care for a wool coat?
It’s important that you care for wool coats properly as they can stretch out of shape. However, when cared for properly, wool coats can last a lifetime. So put in the effort now as it is worth it. To begin, you should always hang wool coats on sturdy, broad hangers whilst they’re not being used. Make sure the hanger is wide enough to properly support the whole width of the coat’s shoulders so that the weight of the coat doesn’t pull it out of shape. It’s also important that they’re hung with plenty of space around them. If they are too close to the other items around them, they might form creases.If you only wear your coat during a certain season of the year, store it in a garment bag whilst you’re not wearing it. This stops moths and other insects from damaging the material whilst you have it stored away. You can even put mothballs in the bag if you feel it necessary. When it comes to everyday wear, blot away spills rather than rubbing them deeper into the fabric. What exactly to use on the spill depends on the exact type of wool so it’s a good idea to get in contact with the manufacturer to have the best advice. You can also brush away surface build up by using a soft suede brush. This helps get rid of dust and soil which might build up just by wearing the coat. It’s good practice to do this each time you go to hang it in your closet.
What is the sizing of the wool coats?
The sizing changes between different brands and even different garments. Therefore, it’s always best to try on the pieces before buying them. This is possible at our Pilestræde shop front. Something to bear in mind is that coats and jackets tend to be oversized. This is true for our SIGFRED long solid wool coat, for example. Therefore, if you want a men’s overcoat in slim fit, it’s best to size down.
What other wool coat styles are popular?
There are so many different styles of woolen coats, even beyond the collection we have here at HANSEN. For example, a mens wool pea coat is very popular. This style is always a double breasted overcoat meaning it suits wool well as it is so warm. Mens car coats are also often made in wool. This style of coat tends to end mid way up the thigh and has a single row of buttons going down the front of the garment. Wool blend jackets also have their benefits too. Sometimes other materials such as linen are used with wool so that the properties of both fabrics can come together. Wool also suits a range of colours. Because of the texture, colours tend to come out naturally muted meaning they never feel too much. For example, a green wool coat would look lovely with a grey marl mixed within it. There’s also lots of demand for womens wool coats on sale. Of course, each of the styles within HANSEN’s collection can be worn by women as well, though you need to be careful of the sizing. Lots of mens overcoat styles, for example, tend to be oversized.