Chens On HuffPo: Of X-Rays And Jacket Linings

Unless you wear high-end or vintage clothes, you might feel a bit insulted looking under the lining of your suit jackets and sportcoats.

While jacket in the past typically featured half or quarter linings requiring inner seams to be finished cleanly, sometimes even decoratively, many mid-tier jackets today use a full lining to hide shoddy workmanship.

I began musing about what’s inside jackets when I saw this x-ray photograph by artist Nick Veasey.

You’ll find my thoughts, as well as those of Newton Street Vintage proprietor Zach DeLuca and Crittenden Rawlings, formerly of Norman Hilton and Ralph Lauren, in my latest Huffington Post column. — CC

8 Comments on "Chens On HuffPo: Of X-Rays And Jacket Linings"

  1. Ah ha! Finally the visual on an empty suit!! I have worked with and for a few in my day! :-)

  2. M Arthur – Well played, sir!

  3. Christian,

    Given that most of us are unlikely to really research the quality of craftsmanship you describe in the (excellent) HuffPo column, might I suggest a post on Ivy Style with your list of manufacturers who design and manufacture their clothing here in the US, along with any opinions on their overall attention to important details? It would make an excellent cheat sheet and I would bet that most of your readers will be heavily biased to patronize labels made in the USA.

    Thanks for considering.

  4. Chelsea Drug Store | October 5, 2012 at 10:23 am |

    @ Jason

    That’s a tiptop suggestion. I for one would welcome an ‘approved ‘ list. It would certainly cut out the guesswork!

  5. Bricktop Polford | October 5, 2012 at 11:33 am |

    All that picture needs is a balloon saying “Where’s my teleprompter?”.

  6. That’s going to leave a mark.

  7. ”As for the shoulder pads, they looked to be made from some kind of post-recycled consumer waste. I could hardly think of a better argument for natural-shouldered jackets.”

    How many times CC? It’s not the wadding or lack there of, that makes a shoulder natural!

    ”When Rawlings set out on his own a decade ago, he vowed never to make a fully-lined jacket. Modern consumers want lightweight clothes, he asserts, and linings add a surprising amount of weight. They also prevent the fabric from fully breathing.”

    I thought this since I started selling and wearing sports jackets, what is the point of a light weight summer jackets, that are completely lined in a synthetic material? I hope this guy gets some luck with his clothes for going the extra mile. the trouble is people don’t appreciate what they don’t know.

  8. Chelsea Drug Store | October 8, 2012 at 9:52 am |

    Comment by oobopshbam — October 7, 2012 @ 6:36 am

    ‘..what is the point of a light weight summer jackets, that are completely lined in a synthetic material? ‘

    But Bemberg does breathe.

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