Clobber for Jeff Banks 1970s Chocolate Brown Panne Velvet Coat
Welsh born Jeffrey Tatham-Banks CBE, was somewhat pushed into the fashion industry, when as a young boy, his mother was unable to pay for his school uniform. This frustration tapped into Jeff’s latent entrepreneurial abilities, as he raised the money through the purchase and resale of paraffin for a modest profit.
Enrolling at London’s Camberwell School of Art, Jeff quickly moved from painting to textiles, before finishing his education at New York’s Parsons, The New School for Design, where he studied fashion. Using the money made from the sale of his paraffin-transport business and significant financial assistance from his parents, Jeff opened his first boutique ‘Clobber’ in Blackheath, London in 1964.
With the likes of John Lennon, George Harrison of The Beatles, Terence Stamp and model Jean Shrimpton frequenting the store, it became an overnight success, later leading to Jeff’s eponymous ‘Jeff Banks’ fashion label creation in 1969, found in over twenty-two departments stores including Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
Co-founding fashion chain ‘Warehouse’ in 1976, Jeff won ‘British Designer of the Year’ in 1981, a few years before launching the hugely popular ‘Clothes Show’ for the BBC in autumn of 1986. After this came the creation of ‘Incorporatewear’, a clothing production company designed to provide bespoke corporate uniforms that flatter the clients brand identity, regardless of employee numbers or location.
Today, Jeff continues to work as freelance designer and enjoys global recognition whilst living through his mantra of ‘be yourself, enjoy the moment of dressing up and don’t try to be someone you’re not.’
Featuring a single breasted button through coat, lightly fitted to the waist, with a full skirted flared hemline, the high stand button up collar is beautifully completed, with a cinnamon satin fully lined cowl style hood, creating an incredibly wearable yet exquisitely versatile coat for any occasion.
Designer Jeff Banks
Fabric No label present however looks and feels like mixed fibre velvet
Size No label present but will fit UK 12-14
Excellent (see condition chart)
Measured flat without stretching (please double for complete size)
Shoulder To Shoulder (across back) 16″
Bust (at widest point) 20″
Length (collar to hem) 42″
Sleeve Length (underarm to cuff) 17.5″
Sleeve Length (collar to cuff) 24″
Mannequin is UK 8-10 | Bust 31.5″ | Waist 24″ | Hips 34.5″
The coat was not pinned for photography purposes