Haspel: Not Just For Seersucker Anymore

Since 1909, Haspel has made its name as the leading purveyor of seersucker.

But the company is currently expanding its offerings, some of which were on display at a recent trip to its New York showroom.

What most caught my eye were a dozen natty tweed sportcoats that Haspel will be releasing in fall of this year. Many of the jackets featured perfectly natural shoulders and a slightly trimmer lapel. Button stances were largely two-button and darted, so this will come down to what’s more important to you: natural shoulders or button stance (I’m on the shoulder side).

The trim lapels will also entice many, as will the affordable price of $395. Nordstrom, as well as select specialty stores across the country, will be the primary sales outlet.

Below are a couple more examples of what to expect from Haspel for Fall/Winter 2011. — CC

11 Comments on "Haspel: Not Just For Seersucker Anymore"

  1. Haspel manages to produce jackets that are darted without being wasp-waisted. No small achievement, that.

  2. Those look very nice, particularly the plaid one in the first photo. Thanks for the heads-up!

  3. The fabric and patterns look beautiful, but the jackets look kind of boxy.

  4. @OldSchool: makes you wonder why you need darts in the first place.

  5. That begs a certain question, Joe. Do dart-phobic orthodox trads object to the shaping that darts contribute to, or do they object on merely ideological grounds?

    In other words, if you present them with a jacket that has darts but still hangs straight with no (or minimal) waist suppression, would they still object? Is it a question of silhouette, or does the mere presence of darts destroy their trad credibility, even if the shape were suitably sack-like?

  6. The darts change the way the pattern on the front of the jacket looks. That’s my objection to them.

  7. These jackets look like very generic department store coats that could be found at Steinmart or any cut rate store. The lapels are flapping in the breeze and clearly not lined correctly. The sleeves are not tapered as they should be — see how they are as wide at the bottom as at the elbow.

    As to the question regarding darts or boxy fit, both are incorrect. There is no reason that an undarted jacket cannot be fitted. Look at George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany. His jackets are neither darted nor baggy. Darts are a cheap construct that disrupt the jacket pattern.

  8. Jancis Robertson | January 12, 2011 at 2:50 am |

    I’m dying to know – are these made in USA jackets?

  9. The most recent ones I’ve seen (Nordstrom and Nortstrom Rack carry them out here in the PNW) were made essentially anywhere other than the US – Indonesia / Malaysia if memory serves me correctly. The design/patterns are interesting, but the construction and details are nothing special, even for Nordstrom Rack prices.

  10. I generally have my sack jackets nipped in the waist a bit, and voila! waist suppression. A guy who runs a website called Ivy-Style should probably know this stuff.

  11. Not sure what you mean or what your point is.

    I’ve stressed here several times that “sack” and 3/2 roll should not be seen as interchangeable. You can have an undarted 3/2 roll jacket that’s still fitted:


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