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My new "Norfolk Jacket"

post #1 of 10
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I've just commissioned a sportcoat borrowing a few details from a Norfolk jacket. In reality, it's probably less Norfolk than just straight sportcoat, but I thought I'd solicit the forum's opinion before all the details are set.

I like the idea of a full Norfolk, but as a bigger guy I don't want to add too much business and bulk around the middle. I really want to wear this primarily as a casual sportscoat during the fall and winter months, with the ability to use it as outerwear for walks in the woods. No actual hunting or riding use here. I've picked a pseudo-Norfolk cloth, a large-ish herringbone in a deep, warm brown. It's a very soft fabric, not the stiff tweed that would be traditional, but again I want this to really be a sportcoat with some Norfolk details added in. It looks the part without perhaps draping or feeling the part.

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Tab collar closure in suede
Suede elbow patches
Half-belt in back
3 patch pockets
Leather buttons

I think a single vent is really the only way to go, but does anyone thing a double vent is possible?

Also wondering if the half-belt should have any hardware; e.g. buckle, buttons, or just be straight cloth.

I'm inclined not to go with the rear shoulder pleats (is this called "bi-swing?") so as not to add too much bulk but I am open to suggestions.

Constructive criticisms welcome.
post #2 of 10
Try researching "half Norfolk jacket," then come back. Consider a welt breast instead of patch. Holland & Holland has a nice one. - B
post #3 of 10
A double vent is ceratinly not traditional on a norfolk, nor appropriate-- that being said, I just ordered one.
post #4 of 10
Consider bellows pockets instead of patch pockets on the sides. I know you don't plan to carry shells, but how often are you going to get bellows pockets otherwise?
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
Try researching "half Norfolk jacket," then come back.

Isn't that called an Alexandria jacket?
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by wmmk View Post
Isn't that called an Alexandria jacket?

I don't know. Tell us more.


- B
post #7 of 10
I would do the bi-swing, half belt with no hardware, bellows pockets, and single or double vents. Single vent is most traditional but I have seen many such coats with side vents.

I would rethink the elbow patches until such time as your coat wears sufficiently to make them useful.
post #8 of 10
I've actually had something very similar made, less the tab collar closure, elbow patches and leather buttons: http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...2&postcount=67

Actually, it was really just a sport jacket with half norfolk back

Check out this post on LL for a clever design solution for the tab closure: http://thelondonlounge.net/forum/vie...tart=15#p51730
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
Try researching "half Norfolk jacket," then come back.

Consider a welt breast instead of patch.

Holland & Holland has a nice one.


- B

What do you like about the Holland & Holland Half Norfolk jacket?
post #10 of 10
I just created a comprehensive Norfolk jacket guide explaining the historic development, style and links to shops were you can buy one. You can read it here.
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