'Alexander' Cotehardie

Primarily inspired by the long, fitted and buttoned garment worn by men in the 'Romance of Alexander' dated 1338-1345. (Bodleian Library, MS. Bodl. 264).  Similar garments appear in ‘Roman de la Rose’ and countless manuscripts all over Europe c.1330-1360.

This is a transitional garment bridging the earlier shapeless tunic and the more fitted garments which developed later. The dropped waistline, slim fit and long, attentuated lines mark this as quintessentially Gothic.  Unlined, with rows of closely spaced round buttons closing the front and sleeves.  Slightly wide jewel neckline.  


So many garments of the period have been painstakingly depicted in particolour, stripes and/or patterned cloth that it seems to be a hallmark of the period.  Keeping true to the spirit of the times, our initial offering will be in 3 fabrics-

  • Olive / rust / gold wool (Dry clean only)
  • Purple/black herringbone wool (Dry clean only)
  • Brown / rust / tan  wool blend (Machine washable)

(Note: Scott is wearing the purple./black, Kyle the olive. Hoods, chausses, garters and kidney pouch are BSD. All other accessories are for styling only)


The fit is everything, so each garment is made to order- we keep none in stock.   Anticipated turnaround is 2-4 weeks, but please enquire when you place your order if you have deadline considerations.



  • 2X Small - 36” chest, 30” waist
  • XSmall - 38” chest, 32” waist
  • Small - 40" chest, 34" waist
  • Medium - 42" chest, 36" waist
  • Large - 44" chest, 38" waist
  • X Large - 46" chest, 40" waist
  • 2X Large - 48" chest, 42" waist
  • 3X Large - 50" chest, 44" waist
  • 4X Large - 52" chest, 46" waist


  • Measure yourself with a tape measure prior to ordering. Choose the size closest to your measurements from the drop down menu. For added security, please note your measurements in the ‘Comments’ section of the order form. 
  • Please note that like a suit or uniform, we offer this garment in "Regular" and "Long". Gentlemen over 6', as well as those who normally take a "Long" suit or uniform should order the long version of their size.
  • Please order carefully, this garment is custom made for you and as such is not returnable.

For more photos and historical references for this garment, please see the product album on Facebook: 'Alexander' cotehardie

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Starting at: $149.95

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  • Model: BSD-ACH01
  • Shipping Weight: 3lbs

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 27 November, 2013.