Norm! Fall 2014 Norman Hilton Sportcoats

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Nick Hilton just sent over photos of the new Norman Hilton sportcoats we posted about recently. Made in the US, they will be priced at $695-$795, or about the same as last time around. They are scheduled to arrive in Hilton’s Princeton shop in the next few weeks. — CC

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19 Comments on "Norm! Fall 2014 Norman Hilton Sportcoats"

  1. Am I correct that some models are 2-button darted and others 3/2 sacks?

  2. I recall their all being 3/2s last time around, but perhaps I’m mistaken.

  3. These are supposed to be Ivy-cut? Even looking at them is uncomfortable.

  4. I see no sack.

  5. kencpollock | August 10, 2014 at 3:23 am |

    It look like nos. 1, 7 and 8 are 3/2 sacks, as even in the good old days, the Hilton 3/2 sack Hampton model had some body tapering. Two problems with these though. Either the sleeves on these jackets are very long or the coat bodies are very short. I suspect the latter. Second, the prices make me doubt that they are fully canvassed.

  6. It’s possible they have been pinned for photographic purposes. I remember the previous batch having some shaping, but not much:

    Curmudgeons and reactionaries may be having a subconscious negative reaction to the presence of standard collars and satin ties.

    Assuming they’re made at the same place, canvassing is addressed here:

    I’ll try and find out more from Nick.

  7. I think that the ones with a ticket pocket are 2-button and the others are all 3/2.

  8. James Redhouse | August 10, 2014 at 10:37 pm |


    Yes, they were probably pinned to make the waist suppression even more obvious. If they’d been authentic straight-side sacks, the pinning would have created creases.

  9. Waldo Walters | August 11, 2014 at 5:43 am |

    Why such high gorges? That’s more of an Italian thing, isn’t it?

  10. Dutch Uncle | August 11, 2014 at 8:51 am |

    @Waldo Walters

    If the gorge were any higher, it would be at the shoulder seam.

  11. Why such high gorges? Apparently, this is a requirement, now.

  12. Roy R. Platt | August 11, 2014 at 11:00 am |

    The only possible reason for moving the gorges so high is to prevent boutonnieres from being crushed by shoulder belts when driving.

  13. A.E.W. Mason | August 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm |

    I think they’re beautiful coats. Personally, I don’t mind the high gorge and I love the high button stance, suggesting a functional third button. I actually prefer the formality it gives the coat as, by contrast, with the look of the vestigial tip-over third button on a two button silhouette jacket. By the way, O’Connell’s website shows a number of coats with some shaping.

    But, for those who want to look like Henry Stimson, I understand the objection. It’s that uncompromising approach to purity: “Gentlemen do not read other peoples’ mail.” . . . “A man’s coat does not having shaping.” . . . “Ever!”

  14. A.E.W. Mason | August 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm |

    Sorry, “have” not “having.”

  15. Reactionary Trad | August 11, 2014 at 10:41 pm |

    @A.E.W. Mason

    O’Connell’s website does have jackets with suppressed waists;
    my wardrobe does not.

  16. Minimalist Trad | August 12, 2014 at 1:36 am |

    I wonder what Charlie Davidson thinks about “shaped” waists on sportcoats.

  17. Waldo Walters | August 12, 2014 at 9:04 am |

    Andover Shop jacket with similarly high gorges:

    Looks quite a bit like these Hilton jackets except for the lapels.

  18. Old Langrock was right.

  19. roger sack | June 10, 2017 at 12:03 am |

    In the 80s my Hampton model Hiltons had shaping,
    maybe even darts, if I remember correctly. However,
    they were truly natural shoulder.

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