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Het Jagershuis sport jacket

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In a moment of thrift store weakness, this weekend, I bought a sport jacket of brown Harris tweed with the label of Het Jagershuis. In the design of the lable it also says Sportkleding. Machine translation programs tell me that Het Jagershuis means The Hunter's House and sportkleding is sport clothing, perhaps sportswear. Does anyone with Dutch experience know any more about this store? The tweed is heavy duty and the jacket is built like a tank. Three button front, moderately narrow lapels, circa 1960. But unlike the Ivy League sack suit of the period, this one has waist suppression and double vents. The effect is rustic but not un-elegant. On a tailoring note, the arm-holes are a little high. Is getting more space in the arm hole an impossible job, esp if I plan to let out a side seam?
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In a moment of thrift store weakness, this weekend, I bought a sport jacket of brown Harris tweed with the label of Het Jagershuis. In the design of the lable it also says Sportkleding. Machine translation programs tell me that Het Jagershuis means The Hunter's House and sportkleding is sport clothing, perhaps sportswear. Does anyone with Dutch experience know any more about this store?
Sorry for the late reaction, I completely missed this post earlier. Het Jagershuis was a Dutch family-owned firm with stores in The Hague and Apeldoorn. The The Hague store closed in January 2001. The store in Apeldoorn closed in 1985 (according to this article (Dutch.). The article also covers some more of the history of the firm. The store was located in one of the better (high-end) shopping streets of The Hague (the Hoogstraat). The storefront was designed by the firms founder and can still be admired. The store itself is now occupied by some high-street shoe store that I quite frankly avoid. The article I referrerd to also mentions that the firm made bespoke/made-to-measure clothing in their own shop, but doesn't mention when they stopped doing that. The jacket you've aqcuired may therefore be of their own make. No other labels? Basically the store sold country clothing: Tweed jackets, corduroy trousers, wellington boots, Barbour coats, loden coats to name but a few. In the past they also sold hunting equipment, but apparently stopped when the opposition against hunting within the Dutch society rose. I didn't shop there often (I only bought my Barbour coat there), but it was a nice store with heaps of character. Given the context of the store and the date you estimate, I believe that 'country clothing' is perhaps a 'better' translation of Sportkleding, although strictly speaking the machine translations are correct. I can't help you with your tailoring question, sorry. MtB
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I kept thinking last evening about the sportkleding reference on the label. What the article I referred to also mentioned, was that Het Jagershuis at one time also sold riding (equestrian) clothes and ski-clothes. I gather that this was when high-tech, neon-lit ski-clothing was not even dreamt of. This leads me to speculate about the characterisation of the store. Perhaps I could say that this store was a sort of Abercrombie & Fitch of old or a Cordings. Just to give you an idea. With regard to the higher armholes, the store itself was very much oriented towards British style country clothing, so that may explain the fit. MtB
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Yes, I bought my Barbour Moorland at Het Jagershuis in The Hague. Nice store.. They indeed closed down in 2001 My Moorland was recently refurbished by another Barbour vendor a few streets further, called Verschragen (they also do bespoke shoes in their other store across the street/alley)
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