The great thing about getting your clothing made-to-measure is that you can get things that don’t otherwise exist.
Last week I visited Jay Walter, who heads up J. Press’ made-to-measure program, and he showed me a corduroy sportcoat he’d just finished for a client. The jacket was rendered in olive, that popular heyday hue, and showed a combination of Savile Row and Ivy League details. The jacket was an undarted three-button with hook vent, but featured hacking pockets and a ticket pocket.
Kudos to the jacket’s new owner for creativity. Any ticket he puts in that pocket will be first class. — CC
A great synthesis of Ivy and English Country Gentleman styles.
Great. Now I need one too!
Very nice coat. The English touch on the pockets is quite stylish and seems entirely in keeping with the country cloth (which looks exceptionally soft, by the way). Makes my old wide wale sack from BB look positively dowdy. Fortunately, as an Ivy devotee who tends toward penny loafers and double-soled long wings most of the time, a little dowdiness doesn’t bother me too much. Nice to see Mr. Walter on the site again. I remember him from the Press store on 44th, probably in the late 90s or early 2000s when he was in charge of their custom program.
@Charlottesville – A version in blue with GTH orange pants might be just the ticket in Scott Stadium, come October. (Pun intended).
Mid-Atlantic style! The best in my opinion (sorry Ivy purists).
@The Loafer Lawyer – Indeed that would be the perfect spectator rig for the local football season. The folks at Eljo’s should be able to fix me up with a custom order from Southwick if I decide to take the plunge. Also, I like your nom de net. Perhaps I should restyle myself “The Longwing Lawyer,” although I am wearing penny loafers today and so should probably stick with my current moniker.
I really dislike corduroy sport coats. I gave away to charity one that my buddy gave me a month or so ago. It was extremely heavy, with leather elbow patches. A kind of tan color, I know I’d never have worn it.
I hope someone enjoys it for tailgating and football games.
I still have four jackets my pal had given me, a black/white houndstooth, a heavy beige winter plaid, a tan camel blazer, and a very light summer yellow/brown houndstooth.
These four beauties have a permanent place in my wardrobe.
Wriggles, I like wearing a corduroy sport coat but have had a real darn time finding one I like. I previously thrifted one, had it altered, didn’t like the fit so I sold it on eBay. They are either too stiff or have an odd cut. Maybe I should look beyond the local thrift stores and try to find a quality corduroy coat from the haberdashery.
Hacking pockets are very in style now too. At a recent wedding every man in the party (except me) had a new suit and every suit had hacking pockets.