How Flusser Does Madras

From Alan Flusser before retirement: three buttons, contrast buttonhole stitching, double vents, hacking pockets and ticket pocket.

Plus horizontal striped shirt, to complete the Gekko-in-the-Hamptons look.  

19 Comments on "How Flusser Does Madras"

  1. Digging it

  2. Wish I had this to wear at a fundraiser last night.

  3. Jim Kelleth | June 24, 2011 at 11:42 am |

    I love that pattern, but not the cut.

  4. I agree: the colorway is excellent, the cut not so. Ticket pocket? double vents? – it’s a wonder there aren’t peaked lapels. A madras jacket in the States has a classic form, but Alan Flusser wants some sort of English riding jacket. The ONLY add-on I like is the contrast stiching (which I would do in green as a more subtle counterpoint). Nonetheless, here we have the whole point of clothing designers: one must go too far to know how far to go.

  5. Madras is so loud a fabric for a jacket that other components of the jacket should not call attention to themselves. A bright fabric combined with unusual details = sensory overload. The hacking pockets and ticket pocket fail this test.

  6. The shirt displayed underneath bothers me. Aside from the fact that I don’t like horizontal stripes on buttonfronts, a jacket with such a loud pattern shouldn’t be worn with yet more pattern underneath, similar to the point taliesin made.

  7. This looks exactly like some of the Jackets the buyers at Nordstrom are buying these days. Hence, the conversation we had in this forum about Nordstrom a while back. The plaid is great. The cut is for someone thats 22 years old and doesn’t support wife, kids, and maybe grandkids. Anyone see the rolled cuffs? Whats with that!! I have an opinion about buyers and designers of these cuts, and styles but its not PC to discuss it, so I won’t.

  8. One size too small, in addition to the other faults.

  9. I’d much rather see Madras Patch jackets.

  10. It just doesn’t look right A classic style with patch pockets would have looked a lot better and cutting needs more room to move and breathe. It is not that Madras is an expensive cloth and it is meant for hot weather


  11. RoyRPlatt | June 25, 2011 at 8:46 am |

    This appears to be a jacket in what one might call the “Alan Flusser House Style” that just happens to be made out of Madras. The shirt might also be said to be made in the “Alan Flusser House Style” as the stripes run horizontally on the body and vertically on the collar and cuffs, exactly the opposite of most other shirts. This might be Alan Flusser’s way of telling the world that he made these items, the same way as others might put horse-related markings or reptiles or sea creatures on their products to show the world that they made them.

  12. RoyRPlatt:

    That may be true for the jacket, but to design the shirt in this somewhat eccentric fashion is quite different from stitching a logo on the breast of a shirt. While I myself wouldn’t try it, I do think the shirt is wearable, but not under a jacket like this one.

  13. Newton Street Vintage | June 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm |

    I swear J.Crew did a madras tie in that precise fabric a season or two ago.

  14. Michael Bastian has been doing the rolled sleeves for ever.

  15. Edward Aisthorpe | April 24, 2018 at 5:42 am |

    I think I have that exact same pattern in a shirt from J Press

  16. elder prep | May 30, 2021 at 5:22 pm |

    As it has been mentioned above, with madras as the base pattern, anything worn with it must be subdued e.g. a shirt in solid colors. Anything else makes the ensemble visually distorted.

  17. Roger Sack | May 30, 2021 at 7:48 pm |

    For me, ticket pockets on any jacket are
    unacceptable. Otherwise jacket OK.

  18. Aivii Riigu | May 30, 2021 at 11:10 pm |

    Nice cloth. Too bad that it had to be ruined by being cut into that jacket.

  19. Henry Contestwinner | June 21, 2021 at 3:39 pm |

    The jacket, and the shirt with it, are perfect for our dear friend ADG/Maximinimus, whose blog has been inactive for far too long.

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