Last year we reported on a $1,200 Ralph Lauren madras sportcoat; the price struck us as a little steep, not by the standards of RL, but of the fabric.
This year the headline stealer is this vintage patch madras jacket from Chipp, for which an eBay seller is asking $1,100.
The seller’s rationale for the steep tariff is that the jacket’s provenance. It comes from Chipp, who are credited with either inventing or at least popularizing the patching of madras. Coincidentally, Chipp also made clothing for JFK and other notable personae. Ergo to own this jacket is akin to owning a work of art or historic artifact a few degrees of separation removed from touch football at Hyannis Port.
It’s the kind of thing that’s only possible thanks to the Internet, which has created a small cognoscenti who actually might care about original patch madras from Chipp, as well as providing the appropriate buzz machine. “If Put This On features this,” wrote Zachary DeLuca, the vintage Ivy clothing dealer who alerted us to the listing, “it might actually go for asking price.” — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD