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Livingston Black Brushed Cotton Sack Coat

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Be part of the 19th century’s buzz and banter wearing our Livingston Sack Coat to attend to your daily agenda. From meetings in town to a train trip to the shore, this new silhouette fashioned in versatile black is comfortably appropriate for everything but the most formal events. A Historical Emporium exclusive!

Wondering about the backstory? The ‘sack coat’ gained popularity over the longer and dressier frock coat and by the 1870s had become the regulation style for conducting business and casual recreational pursuits. In a way, the sack coat was a wearable rebellion against the formal and fussy traditions of the time.

Our version, highlighting all the style elements of the late 19th century, features a soft, brushed-cotton in dark black finish and with a high-button front that was often worn fastened just at the top to let a vest show through below. Other notable design details include a notched collar, unvented back (to maintain the trim shape), decorative seaming and 3 buttons at each cuff. There are no outer pockets, but necessities may be stashed in the handy interior breast pocket. There’s also a hidden “ticket” pocket for concealing tickets, cash or other small valuables.

Part of our matched Livingston collection.

Fashioned with a 100% cotton shell and 100% polyester lining. Imported. Recommend Dry Cleaning. Available in sizes 38 - 52.

Note: This Sack Coat is a Slim Fit. If you wish to wear this coat buttoned up, or your belly is larger than your chest, we recommend going up one size.

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Sizing Notes
Our coats are made with typical American sizing, meaning your chest measurement (in inches) is the size you should choose.
To measure your chest: Raise your arms slightly and measure just under your arms. Be sure to cross over the shoulder blades and the fullest part of the chest. If your belly measures larger than your chest, use your belly measurement for coat size.
Longs: If indicated in the selection list (e.g. 46L,) long sizes may also be available. Longs are approximately 2" longer in the back and sleeves.

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Product Reviews  

Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.87/5.00 stars from 23 reviews

Liking the coat
I’ve not had a chance to wear my Livingston Sack Coat yet due to the warm temperatures but I’m glad I went for this instead of the slightly longer cutaway style,Not dismissing the aforementioned as a possible future purchase though. I think that when I can consistently wear it, It will soften up nicely and ‘Give’ a little. I will try to wear it when I don’t need to take too much of what I would term ‘Inside Pocket Clutter’ as I think any bulging would affect the shape,style and cut of the garment. Enjoying the sunny weather but roll on slightly cooler temperatures so I can ‘GET IT ON’. Fast delivery again, Always a joy shopping at Historical Emporium.
Jun 23, 2023
Chris Cato
Greater London
Black sack coat
I bought this coat/jacket because I needed to fill a gap in my wardrobe. I have plenty of frock coats and fancy vests, but not a lot of practical everyday stuff. I was a bit worried about getting the size right, as it's slim fit and I'm slightly overweight. But it turns out to be perfect in size 46, all that's too big is the sleeves which need taking up, as per usual. I don't really need to button it up, but I can at least do up the first one which is all that's required. It's a coat you can dress up or down. It looks good with vintage or modern style, and to the untrained eye it just looks like an ordinary business jacket or something similar. But once you start wearing nice waistcoats and ties, people start complimenting you on how dapper you look, et cetera. You start to become more noticeable. It's best worn with bowties, I think. It really completes the look, and is less intimidating. I wear brightly coloured ones as the outfits I wear with this end up being very dark on their own. It also looks vaguely reminiscient of Winston Churchill's iconic outfits, so it might be suitable for cosplay purposes. One thing I will say, is that as with any brushed cotton coat or jacket, it's a lint magnet, and it attracts dust and detritus all over. Especially in solid black. So it's a good idea to brush it regularly, if not every day you wear it. Overall, it's a great coat and essential if you have any ambitions to wear vintage styles every day. It's a great place to start from,...
Apr 6, 2023
Launceston Ta
I was in general pleased with this coat ,however the stitching on the back ,is as a Frock Coat therefore slimmed down ,whereas a Sack Coat should be a DrapeBack Box Shape.The button Holes I found were too small for the buttonsI bought a size 42 though my English size is 40,so bearing on mind the slim nature of the cut a size 44 would have been better
Jul 31, 2021
Albert Cooper
Norwich No
Fantastic Coat!
Great fit. Sturdy somewhat stiff at first. But with a day of wear, it's worn in good. Love this coat!
Jun 19, 2020
Alain "Doc"...
Long Beach CA
This is my favourite sack coat!
May 28, 2020
Remsen IA
Terrific coat
I've always had a difficult time finding clothes in the style that appeals to me. Then I found Historical Emporium and ended up buying 12 items within a week. The fit and quality is outstanding on every item, and they're in a earlier style that I like much more than modern, suits or sports jackets that are heavily tailored and I find generally uncomfortable. Anywhere I go, wearing the Sack Coat and corresponding pants, vest, puff or 4 in hand tie, I get huge compliments from people who want to know where to find similar clothes. Look at the picture of the sack coat and gray Fletcher vest (which I also bought) and you're looking at pure class. Add a watch chain and you're all set. I'll be a repeat customer, for many, many more years.
Nov 2, 2018
Kurt Knapp
Lithia FL
So comfy
Very well made a dn comfortable coat. I bought this to complete a set of Victorian clothes i was to use for a wedding. It may well become my everyday wear coat.
Aug 23, 2018
Jason K
Brisbane Qu
Jul 18, 2018
Pioneer CA
Great Sack Coat
Beautiful Sack Coat. Love the styling and the many compliments received. Rich texture, deep black color and the coat size is "true to fit." Wish there were additional dark color options like a navy blue or burgundy.
Mar 8, 2018
Los Angeles CA
Perfect coat to complete an outfit
I love this coat. It is cut differently than today's coats. The shoulders are wide with a little padding. It allows you to move. And unlike today's coats/jackets, the waist isn't huge. It is cut slim. The brushed cotton is heavy and just feels luxurious. I am thrilled with coat and will wear it frequently.
Dec 29, 2017
Buxton Ma
Sack Coat
A quality coat with accurate sizing & authentic styling. Low shine cotton fabric is perfect for the look and comfort I wanted. A little watch pocket might have been nice, but no real complaints. I'm very pleased.
Sep 29, 2016
Downers Grove IL
Livingston Sack coat
The quality of the coat was outstanding, but it was a tailored fit. I haven't been able to wear anything fitted since the last century.
Mar 18, 2016

Great fit, comfortable
Very nice coat. I'm playing Mark Twain and this a great coat for the non-white-linen-suit Sam Clemens look.
Aug 7, 2015
Hartford Co
Sack coat
This is a nice coat, a little heavier that expected but still a nice coat.
Jun 5, 2015
Amarillo TX
Loved It
Excellent quality, good fit. Not only did I look 1890's, I felt 1890's.
May 28, 2015
Rich Little
Abington MA

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