Meanwhile Raffles rejoined me, with a covert coat
over his blazer, and a soft felt hat set carelessly on the curly head he shook with a smile as I passed him the decanter.
There have been suggestions his covert coat
- with its distinctive dash of velvet around the back of the collar - was manufactured by Crombie.
GQ's `Icon' award has been taken seriously by the company, however, so much so that the traditional heavier weight Crombie Covert coat
, a three-quarter style in re-woven classic British warm cloth, has been re-introduced this season, not only to mark the 200th birthday, but because of demand.
Cordings was the originator of the Covert coat
and the Tattersall shirt and made riding boots for the Queen Mother.
Happily, the warm weather has meant Farage has forsaken it for his tan-coloured covert coat
, with a jaunty dash of velvet around the back of the collar.
To the Derby ( I suspect that most of you suspect I am a dyed-in-the-wool Racing Man ( whizzing about in a battered felt hat and a covert coat
, festooned in binoculars and covered in badges and labels.