Men’s Leopard Print Wool Overcoat

Men's big overcoat made from Mood Fabric NYC's Italian wool leopard print and vintage Vogue Issey Miyake pattern.

After flirting with the “urban lumberjack” look last month, it was time for a change.

A big change.

I’d purchased this Italian wool leopard print knit last fall, and in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, I must thank my fellow Mood Sewing Network blogger  Ginger, whom I happened to run into at Mood Fabrics the day I was deciding on my purchase.  I knew I loved the leopard, but I wasn’t sure I could pull it off.  Ginger urged me to go for it.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Originally, I thought I’d make a bold sweatsuit with it, but I worried that this knit wasn’t quite soft enough to wear next to the skin. Then earlier this month I purchased a Vogue coat pattern from 1997 by Issey Miyake (2038).  Miyake’s outerwear usually has a unisex feel and this coat is no exception.

Even though Vogue 2038 is not designed specifically for knits, my heavy wool leopard print has minimal stretch, is nearly as stable as a woven, and drapes beautifully.  The coat has a half lining made from lightweight wool plaid suiting and front facings made from melton wool, both remnants from my stash.

This coat is big — Eighties big — almost cape-like.  It fits over a suit beautifully.  It has a shawl collar and side panels that taper into sleeve gussets.

Watch out, world!

Men's big overcoat made from Mood Fabric NYC's Italian wool leopard print and vintage Vogue Issey Miyake pattern.

Men's big overcoat made from Mood Fabric NYC's Italian wool leopard print and vintage Vogue Issey Miyake pattern

Men's big overcoat made from Mood Fabric NYC's Italian wool leopard print and vintage Vogue Issey Miyake pattern

Men's big overcoat made from Mood Fabric NYC's Italian wool leopard print and vintage Vogue Issey Miyake pattern

Men's big overcoat made from Mood Fabric NYC's Italian wool leopard print and vintage Vogue Issey Miyake pattern

How lucky for me that Mother Nature gave us another snowfall on the day of our photo shoot, providing a dramatic backdrop to a very dramatic coat.

Let it never be said that men can’t wear animal prints!

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Comments


  • Kimberly
    January 31, 2014

    Hah!!! That coat is the BOMB!!! You pulled this off wonderfully. I truly appreciate the half lining of traditional wool that peaks out. You wear this well. The lines are some what Russian and Asian. Great work.

  • Maggie
    January 31, 2014

    Love it! I think the combo with the hat, is perfect.

  • Elizabeth
    January 31, 2014

    Love it! Very dramatic!

  • Claire (aka Seemane)
    January 31, 2014

    Love it – it’s dramatic, yet looks practical and comfortable too :)

  • Ginger
    January 31, 2014

    Holy cow, I love this! You look awesome! It’s so dramatic and cool, sort of John Varvatos does Dr. Zhivago! So glad you went full leopard!

  • Cari
    January 31, 2014

    Love the dramatic look. You always have great photos of your projects, but this collection seems extra exceptional.

  • Alaskapsych
    January 31, 2014

    Definitely da Bomb!

  • Barbara Dobree
    January 31, 2014

    Wow Peter, you really nailed it this time, despite your earlier reservations. Wearing that hat with it really completed the outfit. Great choices.

  • Angela W.
    January 31, 2014

    LOVE IT! You look very dashing in a suit. I adore the picture of you walking towards the camera with that satisfied smile. Well done.

  • Laura
    January 31, 2014

    I adore this photo shoot. Your accessory choices really help amp up the look while making it yours as well. I love the boots, suit, coat contrast especially. Striking in the best way possible.

  • Terry
    January 31, 2014

    You look very dashing Peter. Wonderful look with the hat.

  • Rachel
    January 31, 2014

    That last photo is high end, fashion mag editorial AMAZING!

  • Ustabahippie
    January 31, 2014

    I LOVE I!!! I have always avoided Issey Miyake’s designs because they overwhelm my small frame, but you’ve cut that coat just right and it looks fabulous!!! An inspiration.

  • Graca
    January 31, 2014

    WOW!

  • Clio
    January 31, 2014

    Great coat and excellent styling! I love how it looks decidedly masculine in your urban jungle photo shoot.

  • Lori
    January 31, 2014

    This coat is so awesome, great choice of fabric and pattern. You look great and your photos are amazing. I just kept thinking about the James Bond move “From Russia with Love”

  • Manju
    January 31, 2014

    Delicious! :-) just gorgeous.

  • mrsmole
    January 31, 2014

    Cool Cool Cossack! That fabric aged enough to be fabulous!

  • Valerie
    January 31, 2014

    Love the hat, love the coat. The glam photo shoot gives your absent cousin a run for her money!

  • lw
    January 31, 2014

    Wow! You look amazing in your leopard coat. The styling is right on the money.

  • Joanne
    January 31, 2014

    That coat is fabulous, and these photos are amazing. I agree, you are the BOMB!

  • Ripple Dandelion
    January 31, 2014

    Yes, I am just a little in love with you right now. And a whole lot in love with that coat!!!

  • Ann_B
    January 31, 2014

    The whole look is great Peter. The hat, scarf and boots compliment the coat so well. Very dashing.

  • Annette Tirette
    January 31, 2014

    Wow, you really nailed it. I love this!

  • Caitlin
    January 31, 2014

    You look amazing! One of my favorite projects I have seen you do!! You look like a fashion model!

  • Lauren
    January 31, 2014

    Peter, only you could pull off an oversized leopard print coat :) YOU LOOK FABULOUS, OK!

  • Erica B.
    January 31, 2014

    LOVE! You look very Andre’ Leon Talley, heading to fashion week!

  • Steve P
    January 31, 2014

    Wonderful coat! Not everyone could pull this off, but you look great in it…… you carry it well!!

  • Claudia W
    January 31, 2014

    Someone else said it first, but the word that came to mind when I was first seeing these pictures was COSSACK! Very cool, and modern yet with a reference to the past. Nicely done!

  • Fredia
    January 31, 2014

    Love the fabric and pattern combination……great choice. Love this coat!

  • Nicole
    January 31, 2014

    I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS COAT! I am always a sucker for a good animal print, and it looks amazeballs with the Miyake coat pattern.

  • michael
    January 31, 2014

    fabulous coat. fabulous model circa dorian leigh. has drama has style and function. the hat elevates the look, the weather & location all first rate

  • Virginia
    January 31, 2014

    You look like you’ve walked right out of the soviet block in those pictures. :-)

  • Robert
    January 31, 2014

    You really look good in this coat. The whole look is pulled together. I’m impressed!

  • LYNNE
    January 31, 2014

    FANTASTIC!!!!

  • LYNNE
    January 31, 2014

    FANTASTIC AND TRULY ELEGANT

  • Mary
    January 31, 2014

    You are one sharp dressed man!

  • Anne-Marie
    January 31, 2014

    When you showed the pattern, I didn’t think much of it – now that I see you in the finished coat, I can only say Wow! what a great coat, you look fantastic and warm and happy and pleased with your achievement. Great styling and photos. Thank you Peter for another great and horizon-broadening post!

  • Elle
    February 1, 2014

    Bill Cunningham will be hopping off his bike to take your pic.

  • Mae Wilson
    February 1, 2014

    you’re going to wear this around the Garment District, and catch the eye of a famous designer. It’ll be on the runway for the next Fall collection, and everywhere not long after. Rock it while it is still unique!

  • Ceinwen Jones
    February 1, 2014

    I absolutely love your coat, it looks great with your suit and those boots are magnificent!

  • Ronniie
    February 1, 2014

    You look fantastic in your coat! Just so distinguished. Love it.

  • Charlie G.
    February 1, 2014

    Peter! I have been an admirer of your blog and work for years, and this is Superb! Great styling and the choice of the leopard knit was spot on!

  • Becky
    February 1, 2014

    Peter, I love this coat! It looks great on you, and you can loan it to Cathy, and it will look great on her. It looks warm, comfortable, fashionable, and comforting. What a great match of pattern and cloth.

  • Sallie
    February 1, 2014

    Seriously stunning! I love this pairing of the dramatic coat pattern with the leopard knit – and on a man it’s just pitch perfect! Excellent styling, as usual!!

  • Angela
    February 1, 2014

    I am so glad that Sonja told you to buy this fabric! You look very stylish in this outfit, Bill Cunningham needs to find you! I would love to own one of those Miyake patterns, Well done!!

  • Katie
    February 1, 2014

    Love it. I love your photo shoots because you show the clothes in motion, in use in the real world. When I see the pattern pictures, I have a hard time imagining them as real clothes. You bring the clothes to life and it is wonderful to see. This coat is above and beyond what I thought it could be. Great job Peter!

  • Carolyn
    February 1, 2014

    It’s amazing Peter! Perfect mix of pattern and fabric!

  • piakdy
    February 1, 2014

    This looks right off The Sartorialist, with a dash of Mark Jacob too. Or maybe Russian oligarch or mafia. Is a second career in modeling calling?

  • oonaballoona
    February 1, 2014

    i LOVE this look on you. russian winter meets animal attitude.

  • Peter
    February 2, 2014

    THANKS, EVERYONE!

  • Candyce Nicole
    February 3, 2014

    We’re not worthy!!!! You look amazing!

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 3, 2014

    You are too much – Watch out world, indeed! Peter the Great has arrived. What a coat :)

  • Berene
    February 7, 2014

    OMG you look fantastic in it! And the photo shoot shots are pretty impressive. Well, if the tailoring lessons don’t pan out at least you have the modelling option as back-up. :-)

  • Curry
    February 8, 2014

    I thought the title of this story could be: From Russia With Love. This is a lot of fun. Killer pics.