It looks well made, though personally I find it a bit busy and safari-ish with all the buttoned patch pockets. Why is it so expensive? It doesn't look like anything that should cost more than about $150 at the very most. I have a zip-fronted oyster cotton waist-length jacket (very plain, as I prefer, with only a horizontal-zip inset breast pocket) from Cole Haan that I picked up, off-season, in Filene's Basement for about $40. It's nicely finished, with welted interior details. I imagine this one, which I gather is part linen, might be comparable in construction quality. So if you like it buy with confidence, but you might find something comparable at a better price, depending on your alternative sources. Good luck.