When I worked in the Sydney CBD some years ago I used to walk past some fine tailors stores and remember at one point reading an article about J H Cutler being one of the premier if not the premier bespoke tailor. The realities of life meant a bespoke suit from there has never become a reality ( as you can tell by other threads). Fast forward to just before Christmas and I'm looking for some holiday reading and find 'The Coat Route' - It is the story of this coat - A coat which cost $A50,000! As it happens, the coat was made in Sydney by none other than, J H Cutler. The fabric is vicuña which he had purchased a couple of decades ago from Dormeuil and had been keeping for a special item. The lining was specially purchased from Stefano Ricci, the buttons from Groves in the UK (now in liquidation) and also built in was a special hand engraved gold plaque from John Thompson in Sydney. It was all hand stitched. According to the book the customer caught the vision of what was being planned and just handed over his black AMEX and said take what you need. He must have been pretty happy as he order another in the natural tan vicuña and then a cape in black - using up the two remaining rolls of $6,000 per yard material which John Cutler was saving. I found the story fascinating and could really appreciate the commitment to craftsmanship involved. Extravagant? Yes. Obscene? Maybe, I'm not sure. I would certainly love to be able to properly appreciate such an item even if I can never own one. If you are after a non-taxing holiday read you could do worse IMHO. As 'gentlemen' here I thought you may be able to appreciate it.