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post #16 of 27
Right side.

The (modern) reason - even if you're a leftie - is that all ticket readers are on your right side so it makes for a smoother, more efficient experience. For instance, going through a Tube turnstile, having your card in the ticket pocket on the right means you don't need to swap hands to put it through the reader.

(I await readers admonishing me for having a ticket pocket on suit worn in London! )
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by Margaret
What's that lower inside supposed to be for? I occasionally use it for change or (horrors) my cell, but I've never been sure what the intended purpose is...
I think it's a cell phone pocket - at least that's what I've been told by vintage clothiers about dating suits to post- or pre- the mobile phone revolution. ("It's got a phone pocket, so it can't be older than, say, the early nineties") A cigarette case of the common size also usually fits into these.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Margaret
Taking my own thread off topic: does anyone have pockets sewn in for their pens? Well, not so much 'pockets' as 'channels', I suppose. I find that a substantial pen often makes the inside pocket sag. Also, I don't like the way a pen tends to shift around in all that space, and it gets in the way and makes the pocket unnecessarily cluttered if I also want to put a handkerchief in there.

An inner pen pocket on the left normally but on the right if more convenient for the user is an excellent feature - quite common in RTW as well I believe. I simply drop the pen into it and not clip it to avoid causing an unsightly sag in the pocket. I specify the size- 3" wide by 5 1/2" deep which enables the pen to sit inside and allows easy retrieval. I do not have problems of it coming out if the pocket is double piped/jetted.

Ticket pockets can be fitted either side in the facing - having them on both sides is the best idea. The cell phone is something of a 'cuckoo' here - the original purpose was for railway tickets etc and can still be. I have separate ones - two either side for small coins/tickets, business cards, a handkerchief and a cell phone - all sized specifically.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by Get Smart
or two on the right, one on the left. In case you go to a raffle ticket convention
You've been shopping at BR haven't you?
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by Lucky Strike
I think it's a cell phone pocket - at least that's what I've been told by vintage clothiers about dating suits to post- or pre- the mobile phone revolution. ("It's got a phone pocket, so it can't be older than, say, the early nineties")

A cigarette case of the common size also usually fits into these.

Business card holders also fit neatly into it and I hazard a guess that this may have been the original purpose.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by Margaret
Taking my own thread off topic: does anyone have pockets sewn in for their pens? Well, not so much 'pockets' as 'channels', I suppose. I find that a substantial pen often makes the inside pocket sag. Also, I don't like the way a pen tends to shift around in all that space, and it gets in the way and makes the pocket unnecessarily cluttered if I also want to put a handkerchief in there.

My tailor makes ticket, pen, and eyeglass pockets inside my jackets. The front of the jackets fall/drape/maintain better shape that way. On my jackets with R/H external ticket pockets, the pocket is merely decorative even though it's functional.

I don't carry a cell phone. So, anything RTW with a cell phone pocket finds that pocket inhabited by reading glasses.

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post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by Lucky Strike
I think it's a cell phone pocket - at least that's what I've been told by vintage clothiers about dating suits to post- or pre- the mobile phone revolution. ("It's got a phone pocket, so it can't be older than, say, the early nineties")

A cigarette case of the common size also usually fits into these.

I've often heard the lower pocket referred to as a cigarette pocket.

Since I have suits dating back to the 1980s that have a lower interior pocket, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that the vintage clothiers who've told you that are full of crap.
post #23 of 27
I have always thought of that pocket as the cigerette pocket - and I remember them from the eighties, too.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by retronotmetro
I've often heard the lower pocket referred to as a cigarette pocket.

Since I have suits dating back to the 1980s that have a lower interior pocket, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that the vintage clothiers who've told you that are full of crap.


I suspect that ticket/cigarette are old terms, phone obviously much newer.

The have been in suits ever since I can remember - I recall throwing away Silly boy) my late father's wedding suit made in 1941 and that had one.

I would therefore suspect that they go back virtually to the day that the now 'classic' coat became established.

One difference I do recall in the UK is that the left in-breast pocket was not common (but not unknown) until the 1960s although the US featured this much earlier - at least if ancient black and white movies are anything to go by.
post #25 of 27
I tend to use the cell phone/cigarette pocket for business cards.
post #26 of 27
Random question: Am I the only one who uses a ticket pocket for its intended purpose? I had my ticket for a dance actually ready, sitting in that very pocket when I was dressed in my suit. I'd really like to know more about which things should be kept where. I don't want to load up my jacket, but as a bare minumum I keep my keys and wallet in there, usually in my main breast pockets with the button flaps. It would be kind of nice if there was a specific key pocket with a loop to attached it to and then a pocket for it to stay in rather than dangle about when walking. Sigh, I'm getting ahead of myself. But yeah, would be nice to see more views about this.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jovan
Random question: Am I the only one who uses a ticket pocket for its intended purpose? I had my ticket for a dance actually ready, sitting in that very pocket when I was dressed in my suit.

I'd really like to know more about which things should be kept where. I don't want to load up my jacket, but as a bare minimum I keep my keys and wallet in there, usually in my main breast pockets with the button flaps. It would be kind of nice if there was a specific key pocket with a loop to attached it to and then a pocket for it to stay in rather than dangle about when walking. Sigh, I'm getting ahead of myself. But yeah, would be nice to see more views about this.


You are quite right - it is very important to get the pockets to suit your particular needs. What I have done is:

Breast pockets with flaps

Left large enough for an A5 sheet of paper - programmes and the like that you get at functions so that it does not have to go in an outer pocket.

Right in breast - wallet if wanted (usually use right back pocket as I tend to take my jacket off.

Left pen - pen!

Right pen: made large enough for an airline ticket/pass when I need it.

Left upper ticket
- tickets and any coins I get,
Left lower ticket business cards

Right upper ticket - cell phone - has got a flap/button,
Right lower ticket a handkerchief.

Although that seems a lot (8) it means no unsightly bulges you get when people stuff all sorts into one pocket and the weight is actually very low so it does not drag the garment down. In fact they are rarely all in use at one time.

Size is important and I give the tailor precise instructions on size and position. I find this works extremely well for me - others may want fewer but that is what bespoke culture is about - getting the jacket to suit your needs.

I prefer to keep my keys either in the waist band pocket of my trousers - house and the inner side pocket of the jacket (car) - but that is my preference and it would certainly work t adapt an inner pocket for your preference.

It would certainly be interesting to hear of other views.
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