2013 Translucent Rubber Caban
IT 46 - 36 Chest - S: Can also fit a slim IT 48 - 38 Chest - S/M.
Burberry Prorsum rubber caban from A/W 2013-2014. Sample in excellent used condition with minor signs of showroom use. Made in Italy. RRP: $3295 (£2007)
Entitled "I ♥ Classics", A/W 2013 acted as a retrospective of Christopher Bailey's latest sartorial experiments with Prorsum menswear. Sharply tailored, slightly humorous and unashamedly luxurious, the collection was a commercial success while still making a fairly unorthodox statement. Understated designs from the Burberry archives were shown in unconventional materials, with this caban being one of the season's signature designs. The version for sale was undoubtedly one of the collection's most unique statement pieces; realised in velvet-finish rubber, it has a strong silhouette and a slightly translucent appearance.
The unique rubber material has a semi-matte finish with a smooth texture and a strong drape that feels very similar to leather. Naturally, it is highly weather resistant. The rubber's distinctive translucence subtly reveals what is worn underneath. The coat is precisely tailored like all Prorsum outerwear, combining a slightly oversized body and dropped shoulders with a high waist and narrow elongated sleeves for an effortless yet sharp silhouette. The streamlined design is finished with a stand-up collar and oversize patch pockets. The neck has a detachable throat latch that can be attached on the interior when not in use. The back is slightly shorter than the front and features an adjustable martingale.
The execution of this piece is unmistakably Burberry in its flawless craftsmanship and beautiful details. The sharp lines of the coat's heavy triple seams give it an architectural precision, that is particularly evident in the long horizontal seam that goes across the waist. Likewise, the multiple panels of the back create sharp rectangular shapes. All buttons are realised in contrasting matte black resin, and are engraved with the Burberry Prorsum logo. The cuffs are finished with adjustable straps. On the unlined interior we can see that all buttons are backed to prevent stretching, while the edges of the rubber are precisely laser cut. The Burberry Prorsum label is realised in black rubber, while the neck features the brand's signature heavy chain pull.
A subversive and modern take on Burberry's long history of waterproof outerwear and fabric technology, this statement piece will add a healthy dose of sophisticated humour in any well put-together outfit. It will look particularly good in combination with one of the available Burberry Prorsum silk shirts.