Lecture: The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, and Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat
MEG LUKENS NOONAN, AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST
When Noonan learned of an unthinkably expensive overcoat that a fourth-generation tailor had handcrafted for one of his longtime clients, she set off on a round-the-world quest to understand its provenance. Traveling from Peru to Sydney to Florence and beyond, she discovered the colorful characters and rich stories behind the coat’s components, and pulled back the curtain on the clubby world of bespoke tailoring and the people who covet it. Part travelogue, part fashion history and part love song to things of lasting value, Noonan’s The Coat Route was named “Best General Nonfiction Book of 2013” by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Noonan, who will reflect on her critically acclaimed book, is a former correspondent for Outside and has written for The New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, and Esquire, among other publications.
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