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SUMMER $35 JACKET MEGATHREAD! Linen, Seersucker, Bespoke, Orvis Half-Belt, B. Bros, Hilton, Zegna, +


The FIRST jacket Megathread Offered under the New B&S System!



Please PM with interest and offers!

Summer's lease might have all too short a date, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy these wonderful jackets this summer... and for many summers to come! There's vintage Madras, seersucker, linens, lightweight wool.... Vintage Brooks Brothers, bespoke, Zegna, Laurie Tailors of New York, an Orvis half-belt travel jacket, and more!

As always, I offer FREE SHIPPING ON EVERYTHING IN THE USA; International inquiries are welcome, with shipping at reduced cost.


Please PM with interest and offers!

1) WONDERFUL VINTAGE 1960s Madras Sack jacket by h.i.s.!

"h.i.s." is one of the best-known menswear labels produced by Honesdale Manufacturing, a company founded by Harvey I. Siegal in 1923. Headquartered in New York but with its manufacturing plants in Tennessee, Honesdale originally focused on clothes, especially denim, for men and boys. Much of its output was sold as own-brand clothing by stores such as Penney's and Montgomery Ward. (Remember, this was the era when clothing from Department stores was actually still *good*!)

In 1949 the firm was taken over by Harvey's son, Jesse, who started to move it away from its utilitarian, Depression-era focus and towards more fashionable clothing. In 1956 Jesse started the label "h.i.s"--an obvious reference to his father's initials.

The h.i.s. label was a runaway success, with much of its items being modeled on the increasingly popular Ivy Style of clothing. By 1964 Honesdale's revenue was a whopping $64 million a year, with over 3/4 of that being generated by the h.i.s. brand.

The company went public in 1962, with Jesse retaining a controlling interest. In 1976 he took the firm private again, in part to deflect objections to his decision to focus on the women's wear part of the business which was booming with the success of "h.i.s. for Her" jeans. In 1984 the company was subject to a leveraged buy-out by its management, who turned its attention back to its roots--manufacturing basic denim products. The company is still in business as "Chic for HIS", and is now one of the largest jeans manufacturers in the US.

This jacket hails from the 1960s heyday of h.i.s., when it focused on collegiate Ivy style. Cut from gossamer-light Indian madras fabric that's a wonderful classic medly of blues, creams, and sepia summer yellows, this jacket is as a sack--judging by the lapel likely a 3 button sack, rather than a 3/2. it is clearly designed to be worn at the height of summer--not only is the madras fabric some of the lightest I've ever encountered, but it's quarter-lined... and has only one interior pocket, to ensure that the additional material needed to support two interior pockets could be left out making this jacket even lighter-weight.

It has a single center vent, classic two button cuffs, and was made in one of h.i.s. three factories in Tennessee. It has extremely natural shoulders. The golden decoration around the h.i.s. logo in the interior is a clear nod to the mirror filigree logo of Chipp, and indicates the aspirations that h.i.s. and its customers had!

This wonderful piece of sartorial history is in excellent condition, and utterly wearable. It's a bargain at just $35, or offer, boxed and shipped in the USA. International inquiries welcome, with shipping at reduced cost!


Chest: 20 1/4
Sleeve: 6 (+2)
Shoulder: 18 1/2
Length: 32

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2) Lovely Custom Made Salmon Jacket by Aficinando Clothiers--made for Ken Bradt!

I have an outline of just who Ken Bradt is on my Facebook page, WaterhollowTweed!

This is a lovely jacket! Cut from a lovely light salmon cloth this jacket is half-canvassed and fully lined. It features lots of handwork throughout, especially on the lapels and the placket and on the pocket flaps. It is a contemporary two button front model with subtle darting. It includes fully functional surgeon's cuffs, and a twin vent. It is in excellent condition.

This was originally made for the banker Ken Bradt, the great-great-grandson of Louis Clarke, the founder of Autocar Company--now the oldest surviving motor vehicle company in North America!

Asking just $35, or offer, boxed and shipped in the USA.

Chest: 22
Sleeve: 25 (1 1/2)
Shoulder: 19 5/8
Length: 30 1/8

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This is absolutely beautiful! Although there is no fabric content listed this is clearly a very high-quality cotton; light enough to be comfortable, yet heavy enough to be suitable or a jacket. And the tartan is wonderful--greens, dusk-blues, and whites set of with pale yellow striping, this is a classic Scottish tartan very similar to Dress Gordon.

The jacket is cut as a contemporary two button jacket with very subtle darts. It is half-canvassed and fully lined in a complementary dark blue lining. It has three button cuffs and a single center vent. It was Made in the USA, and is in absolutely excellent condition!

Asking just $35 or offer, boxed and shipped in the USA. International inquiries welcome-please PM with interest and offers!

Tagged 43L, this measures:

Chest: 21 1/2
Sleeve: 26 1/2 (1)
Shoulder: 19 7/8
Length: 32 3/4

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4) Classic Vintage Brooks Brothers "Wash and Wear" Jacket in Rare Pattern!

This jacket is absolutely lovely. Judging by the interior label (yellow block letters on a white background) this dates from the late 1960s--although you'd never guess this from its condition! Cut as a two button sack this is made from "Wash and Wear" fabric--the staple cloth of Ivy Style clothing in the 1960s. Usually, "Wash and Wear" jackets and suits were solid colours, and so this is highly unusual in that it features a beautiful multi-coloured overcheck (in red, yellow, green,and light blue) on light blazer-blue base.

This jacket features a single center vent, the classic American two button cuff, and a half-lining. Wonderfully lightweight, this is an absolutely perfect summer blazer, suitable for both casual settings and the modern office. It does have a couple of very minor scuffs, as shown, but these are hard to find and will hardly be seen when worn. It was, of course, Made in the USA, and is in Very Good/Excellent condition.

Asking just $35, or offer, boxed and shipped in the USA. International inquires are welcome, with shipping at reduced cost!

Tagged 45R, this measures:

Chest: 22 1/4
Sleeve: 24 3/4 (+ 13/4)
Shoulder: 19
Length: 30 1/2
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5) Silk Summer jacket in Cream Herringbone
Made in the USA by Thos. David this lovely jacket is cut from wonderfully slubby all-silk cloth in cream herringbone.It is half-canvassed and fully lined, and cut as a contemporary two-button jacket with darts. It has a single center vent, four button cuffs, and is in excellent condition.

Perfect for the summer, this is a steal at just $35, or offer, boxed and shipped in the USA.


Chest: 22
Sleeve: 25 1/2 (+1 1/2)
Shoulder: 20 1/8
Length: 32
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6) Lovely Bespoke Summer jacket--with working surgeon's cuffs!

This is lovely, and perfect for three seasons--the only one it might not be good for is Winter, but that's mainly because of its colouring!

Although this jacket doesn't carry any labels it is clearly bespoke, and likely from an American tailor judging both by the quality and the unlikelihood that an Asian tailor would omit labeling his work.

Cut from a lighter mid-weight cloth that would be appropriate for summer office wear the colouring and patterning of this jacket are lovely; a slate-blue base with miniature overchecking in Royal blue and mottled black, with larger windowpane overchecking in russet and bracken.

This is cut as a contemporary two button jacket with darts, and features a twin vent. It is half-canvassed and fully lined, and features the always-desirable working surgeons' cuffs, with four functional buttonholes on each sleeve. This jacket is in absolutely excellent condition, and a bargain at just $35, or offer, boxed and shipped in the USA.


Chest: 22 7/8
Sleeve: 22 (+2)
Shoulder: 20 5/8
Length: 29 1/2

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7) CLASSIC LINEN JACKET--from Simpson's of Piccadilly!

I've outlined the storied history of Simpson's on my Facebook page, Waterhollowtweed--so this is a chance to secure a lovely piece of wearable history!

Cut from a wonderfully soft and clearly expensive linen (like all cloth, there are gradations of quality in linen, and this is at the high end) this lovely jacket is a contemporary two button model with darting. Featuring a double vent--as you'd expect from a jacket from Simpson's--this is a classic light taupe linen making it extremely versatile and suitable for almost all occasions. It is fully canvassed and fully lined, and features four-button finished English cuffs. The buttons are all Simpson's signature buttons, with the DAKS logo. (DAKS was the original clothier company that led to the founding of the retail store Simpson's.) This jacket was made in South Africa--appropriately enough, given that this sis a linen jacket for hot weather, and retailed by a British company with strong Empire connections! Apart from some minor sagging on the edges of the left-hand interior pocket this is in excellent condition.

Asking just $35, or offer, for this lovely piece of sartorial history!


Chest: 22
Sleeve: 27 (+2)
Shoulder: 19 1/8
Length: 32

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8) Smith's of Bermuda Summer Jacket, likely linen and silk!

Founded in 1962, Smith's of Bermuda was most definitely a British company, catering primarily to British and American tourists, as well as the local ex-pat population. With its headquarters in Hertfordshire, UK, it specialized in traditional British and Empire clothing and accessories, like its main rival, Trimingham's.

Now long gone, having closed its doors in 2002, Smith's name lives on... as an upscale woman's store in Maclean, Va., which has precisely nothing to do with the original British-owned Smith's, and which is no doubt capitalizing on memories of its illustrious predecessor.

This jacket is from the *correct* Smith's! Cut as a contemporary two-button front jacket with subtle darts, this is a lovely cream summer jacket cut from cloth that's almost certainly a silk-linen blend. It features two lower patch pockets, three button cuffs, and no vent, in Flusser-approved style. It is fully canvassed and fully lined, and, unusualy for Smith's, is USA Made in the USA.

It is in absolutely excellent condition, and a steal at just $35, or offer, boxed and shipped in the USA!


Chest: 21 1/2
Sleeve: 23 (+2 1/4)
Shoulder: 20 1/8
Length: 29

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