Green Is Good: Norman Hilton Lovat Windowpane Sportcoat

Our series of posts on the color olive comes to an end with a peek inside the armoire at headquarters back in 2011. This is one of the Norman Hilton sportcoats that his son Nick relaunched at the time. I picked it up at the New York factory where it was made; Nick Hilton gave me a tour along with a perennially sockless FE Castleberry. The next day I took it for a test drive in the outfit pictured above, which includes flannel trousers and ancient madder necktie from O’Connell’s, Ralph Lauren Purple Label pocket square, J. Press collar pin, and monk straps by Peal & Co. for Brooks Brothers.

Forget what socks I wore. — CC

16 Comments on "Green Is Good: Norman Hilton Lovat Windowpane Sportcoat"

  1. All perfect colors and matchings. Great looking! I really love windowpane

  2. Sorry, but the combination of stripes and windowpanes made me dizzy.
    If only the shirt had been a solid blue, rather than a Bengal stripe, this would have been perfect.

  3. Why not a solid yellow button down shirt?

  4. Olive is a distant cousin of lovat. Olive belongs in a martini glass. Lovat is inspired by the moors with a sophisticated interplay of muted greens, orange- toned browns and heather blues.

  5. NaturalShoulder | April 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm |

    Beautiful jacket. I may need to add to my wish list.

  6. Outstanding. Norman Hilton does great work.

  7. Well done on matching watch strap to monk colour. A difficult task indeed.

  8. Nice jacket. Is the spring line-up ready?

  9. Nice looking coat. I must say, however, that I find it ironic that in almost none of the pictures on the Norman Hilton web site do these coats properly fit the models displaying them. Nearly all of them have collar gaping if no other fit problems…

  10. Quite a nice looking ensemble.

  11. “Cheap little watch”? I don’t know what brand it is, but the Tank shape is a classic – good enough for Gary Cooper and many others. Rather than ruining the outfit, a tasteful, small watch elevates an outfit much more than the huge monstrosities now marketed as safe, “masculine” choices for men who are even insecure about wearing a piece of “jewelry” with a practical function.

  12. Vern Trotter | February 23, 2020 at 2:10 pm |

    In 1939, two years before WW2 began, there were only 160,000 students in US colleges. By the end of 1946, and with the aid of the GI bill, there were over two million. Many wore their olive drab (OD) fatigues most of the time. This is the source of the color Ivy in our style.

  13. Vern Trotter | February 23, 2020 at 2:15 pm |

    I mean the color olive.

  14. The Hilton revival initiated by Nick Hilton in 2010-2011 never made it, did it?
    I was in touch with them at the time and looked into their MTM program. As
    I recall, the RTW which they were starting to offer took its’ cue from the short, close-
    fitting non Ivy style, already prevalent. I was a happy customer 30+ years ago.

  15. Trevor Jones | February 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm |

    @Vern Trotter “ In 1939, two years before WW2 began […]” ***for the United States. Crucial.

  16. I agree with the multiple patterns showing. Two at the most.

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