The Adventures of Sherlock
A PERCIVAL CLASSIC
If there is one garment that is quintessentially Percival, it’s the Sherlock mac. It’s been our best-selling single item since we started – we just keep remixing it each season with different colourways and fabrics.
So we thought we’d explain why it’s a staple of our collection and therefore why it should be a staple of yours. Is this the greatest Sherlock story since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put pen to paper? Well, no, it lacks a certain narrative tension. But it’s still worth reading.
Here are the elements, my dear Watson. First of all, the Sherlock mac is an all-weather year-round coat thanks to its lightweight and layerable composition, easily stashable structure, and weatherproof tech specs and bonded seams.
The Sherlock is designed to help you navigate predictably unpredictable conditions – whether that be the sudden change of temperature as you hop on and off public transport or in and out of a busy pub. Or if you’re caught in a sudden downpour or minor heatwave.
The fabrics we use are water repellent, windproof and breathable to wick any humidity (that’s a nicer way of saying sweat) away from your body. And no PFCs (i.e. nasty chemicals).
Said fabrics come from Olmetex, an Italian mill established in 1954. They’re the real deal with amazing quality control and a trackable tracing system that minimises waste. The coats are then made at our East London factory just down the road from our design studio. “We have continued to make the Sherlock with this factory as they supported us when we were making runs of 30,” says Chris Gove, our Creative Director “now it is considerably more.” Each coat is stamped and numbered, according to limited edition production runs.
The Sherlock mac is excellent value for money and can be dressed up or down for maximum versatility. Wear it to work, wear it on the touchline, or both – especially if your name is Gareth Southgate. (Cheers, Gaffer.)
With a hem length just above the knee, some room in the unconstructed shoulder for layering under or over, and signature details like a large internal 13” inch MacBook pocket, it’s become a design classic. “The cut and features of the Sherlock have not changed much over the years,” says Chris.