This one has a wonderful story behind it. I was in the Galveston Goodwill, sifting through a pile of suit jackets when I came upon it. Immediately, I knew it was something. The cut and fabric were obviously 40s. So I picked it up and did what comes naturally to any dedicated vintage thrifter: I opened the inside pocket to gain more insight into its provenance.
And there the label read what I never would have expected to find: Hon. Jesse H. Jones. This is a man whose legacy that looms large over Houston, whose name was tightly woven into virtually every fabric of the city's economic, political and social life. In fact, at the time the suit was commissioned, Mr. Jones was both Secretary of Commerce and chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in the Roosevelt Administration. He was then one of the most powerful men in Washington, a man whose influence was surpassed only by Roosevelt himself.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Holman_Jones
The next day, I contacted a friend of mine who worked at the Houston Endowment, the multi-billion dollar foundation established by Jones and his wife. We later discovered that this was around the time Mr. Jones' granddaughter was getting married, and she believes he had it made for several of the parties that preceeded that grand event.