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J. Peterman Travel Blazer with Patch Pockets! MADE IN THE USA. Perfect for Summer! c.42, 44.

J. Peterman Travel Blazer with Patch Pockets! MADE IN THE USA. Perfect for Summer! c.42, 44.

J. Peterman was started in 1987 by John Peterman, who had once played baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The brand was intended to take the place of Banana Republic, which had just been purchased by The Gap and which Peterman (correctly) foresaw would soon lose its way. To this end Peterman specialized in offering well-made clothing that reproduced iconic items of clothing, items that had romantic associations, or items that had appeared in popular films, all of which were advertised with background stories and the occasional hyperbole about their likelihood to make the wearer more attractive and successful.

This marketing approach was successful, but led to the company being mocked on the TV show Seinfeld, with Elaine's boss being the "world traveler and bon vinant" J. Peterman. As a trivial aside, the actor who played J. Peterman on Seinfeld was hired by the company to play an investor in its TV commercials, and became a member of their Board of Directors.

(J. Peterman is still going strong, and the hyperbole on their website is as overblown as always.... And, please, do NOT wear a kilt as they portray kilt-wearing, which reduces the pictured garment to a skirt! Men's kilts should be at least 1" above the knee, more if hiking.)

No doubt this blazer was described in glowing terms when it was first marketed. And it's certainly a very nice garment indeed, being cut from lighter-weight wool, with flapped patch pockets, darting, and a contemporary two button front. It is also fully lined, has four button cuffs, and a single centre vent. It was Made in the USA.

It has a small smudge on one sleeve--which is very inconspicuous, and which I only just noticed after examining the jacket carefully several times--and this will come out with the first dry clean. Given this, it is in Very Good/Excellent condition, and a bargain at just $35, or offer.

Tagged 44L--which is far too large! Measurements:

Chest: 21 1/2
Sleeve: 26 1/8 (+1 3/4)
Shoulder: 19 1/2
Length: 32
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