So far the jacket and the customer are neck-and-neck. Mr. Cahill, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last week at the J. Press store in New York, is some 85 years of age and still proudly wears the plaid sportcoat.
As you can see, the color and pattern are very much of the mid-sixties period. Mr. Cahill opted for a ticket pocket, and the jacket also appears darted. It has been relined once or twice over the years he said, and had suede elbow patches added a couple of years ago to cover up a small tear. Yes, it’s not just a legend: there are actually a few men out there who have suede elbow patches that serve a pragmatic repair function.
Mr. Cahill still takes delight in clothes, popping into Press just to browse and chat. He also has a sharp eye, immediately noticing that the collar on my buttondown oxford was clearly unlined, and asking where one could get such a thing. The savvy team at JP immediately stepped in to say they can make such a shirt, and Mr. Cahill proceeded to place an order for a crisp white buttondown with unlined collar. As he’ll be getting exactly what he wants, the shirt, along with the jacket he commissioned 52 years ago, will be money well spent. — CC