Nigel Curtiss started designing his own label in 1992 after a period as a textile agent for several leading European textile manufacturers. He also worked for eight years at Comme des Garcons as a consultant. It is no real surprise then that the cut of his cloth is superb; and all his fabrics are designed and developed by him and are thus exclusive. This 100 per cent wool cavalry twill stripe coat is divine and really has to be seen and felt to be appreciated. Single-breasted with two slit pockets, it is perfect for the man who appreciates quality and style in his winter coat. Look out for Curtiss's suits which are classic but 100 per cent gorgeous.

! Nigel Curtiss coat, pounds 620 from The Library, Brompton Road, London SW3 and Garcon, Manchester. Inquiries 0171 624 4473.