Founded in Georgetown in 1967, Britches quickly established itself as a store that offered extremely well-made traditional clothing... but often with a slight twist, to appeal to a younger crown who, while steeped in the Ivy clothing tradition, wanted something slightly different. Britches expanded quickly and, unlike Banana Republic, never lost its way to become just another mall brand. Unfortunately, this might have been its undoing, and in 1998 it sold off its stores, to be declared bankrupt in 2002.
This suede Harrington jacket is a lovely example of Britches' wares. The Harrington jacket is a iconic clothing piece that is typically offered in cotton or a poly-cotton blend (like trenchcoats, the poly-cotton blends are considered perfectly acceptable in Harringtons). Britches took the classic Harrington and offered it in suede--a neat and classic twist on a well-loved standard. This jacket has all of the features of a traditional Harrington. It has knit cuffs and hem, a a lovely contrasting tartan lining--one of the hallmarks of a Harrington jacket--raglan sleeves, and two deep slash handwarmer pockets with button down flaps on the front. The collar can be folded up and secured against the wind, as shown. It also features a scalloped back yoke. Although the age of this jacket is uncertain judging by the label it is likely from the 1980s. It is in excellent condition; the suede is still lovely and supple, the YKK front zipper moves beautifully smoothly, and the two buttons for the flaps are still firmly attached. It does have two minor flaws; there are two tiny white spots on it (one of the back, one of the front), and the interior pocket is missing its button--an easy fix if you so desire.
This is a lovely, classic jacket, and a bargain at $39, or offer.
Tagged 40. Measures:
Chest: 19 3/4
Sleeve: c. 35 (measured like a shirt)
Shoulder: NA--raglan sleeves.
Length: 24 1/4.