HF Boardroom vs Vanguard
This album presents a photo comparison of two Hickey Freeman jackets: a 1980s vintage Boardroom Collection suit jacket and a 2010 Vanguard sport coat. For reference, both are size 40L.
The Boardroom jacket is made with a navy bird's eye wool. The outer shell and canvas are relatively thick, which produces a fairly smooth drape (corporate armor). The collar notch is lower, the gorge is deeper, the lapel area is larger, and the quarter opening is more square compared to the Vanguard. There is a center rear vent and three-quarter lining.
The Vanguard is made with a thinner navy and blue plaid fabric with a lighter weight canvas compared to the Boardroom model. The outer silhouettes and arm holes are similar, but several design details are different. A raised buttoning point, higher collar notch, smaller lapel area, and wider opening at the quarters give the Vanguard a more modern look. The coat also features dual side vents, functional button holes with surgeon's cuffs, stitching along the tops of the waist pockets, an interior pen pocket, a buttoned flap on the passport pocket, and full lining.