Originally Posted by voxsartoria
It's a throwback to the original design of the Brooks polo, which was something that we would call a "popover" these days. Sometime in the 1940s, I think, Jack Wood ordered that the OCBD be converted to a "coat front" for marketing and sales reasons, their term for a shirt that opened all the way to the hem. For awhile, they kept the placket at the same termination point, which is what you see in BBC's number. Later on, the placket was extended to what we're used to today except in the Black Fleece revival version.
Wood himself never liked the coat front, noting that it made him feel "naked."
Exactly right - great stuff, Vox. I'm still in the hunt for one of the true vintage BB popovers.
Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
Very cool BBC, is the hardware all original?
As far as the seller could verify everything is original.
Originally Posted by Parker
Thanks for the info, B. I used to wear popover shirts all the time in high school. But, I'd only seen them in short sleeve sport shirt versions (madras, seersucker). A long sleeve dress shirt popover would be kinda cool.
There's a couple dress shirt popovers around - I thought Hamilton 1883 did one, but I can't seem to find the picture right now (and maybe I'm just thinking of their s/s popovers).
Originally Posted by edmorel
working on it along with a regular version. Regular no pocket, popover one with buttonned flap pocket.
This would be great - we need a steady supply of dress shirt popovers and one with a flap pocket would be even better.