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MADE IN ITALY Dark Grey 3/2 Blazer by Nick Hilton.

Norman Hilton was not only one of the original "Big Five" Ivy Style stores in Princeton during the Golden Age, but its owner and founder was one of the main proponents and developers of Ivy Style--so much so that the WASP-y look of 1980s Ralph Lauren was a direct result of his influence.

Nick Hilton is Norman's son, and now runs his own store in Princeton. While this still has a strong Ivy Style presence Nick was astute enough to realize that this was becoming a rather exclusive market, and so diversified into higher-end Continental menswear--such as this wonderful Italian blazer.

The Italians--like the Japanese--were influenced by the classic, insouciant elements of Ivy Style, especially the casual collar rolls on shirts, the liquid lapel rolls on jackets... and, as here, the casual elegance of patch pockets. Cut from a lovely and comfortable blend of 95% wool and 5% nylon (which has resulted in a cloth that feels exactly high high quality worsted, but which holds its shape rather better over time) this lovely blazer exemplifies an Italian twist on Ivy Style. Cut with a 3/2 lapel and subtle darts, this features three patch pockets and is unvented in Flusser approved style. It is fully lined, and half-canvassed. It has four-button American cuffs, and was Made in Italy.

It is in absolutely excellent condition. The retail was c. $700, so how about $39, boxed, shipped, and insured in the USA?

Tagged 42. Measurements:

Chest: 21 1/2
Sleeve: 24 1/2 (+1)
Shoulder: 19 3/4
Length: 31 1/4

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