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c. 36 - 38. STUNNING AND RARE! Mid-century ORKNEY Tweed jacket from Austin Reed, Regent Street, Lond

Discussion in '2011-2017 Classic Menswear' started by tweedydon, Jan 3, 2015.

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  1. tweedydon

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    Orkney tweed is of just the same quality as Harris--perhaps slightly better, as its hand can be slightly softer with no loss to the durability or ruggedness of the cloth--but is far, far rarer. This jacket, then, is quite a find simply for being made from Orkney.. especially since the wteed is question is a classic wide herringbone in brown and cream!

    But there's far more to this jacket than the fact that it's cut from Orkney tweed. This jacket was made in 1955, in Regent Street, London, by Austin Reed, back when they were a serious tailoring operation. You might think that it was made for a senior British civil servant, or a member of the sporting British gentry, up in town to stay at his club for a week while visiting his solicitors. Fair guesses, but wrong. This jacket--and its Harris brother, above--was made for...

    ...a junior in an American high school.

    Now, admittedly the High School in question was the Berkshire School of Massachusetts, one of the best private boarding schools in the country, and the high school student in question was John Francis Consolini, who later attended Georgetown, became a Green Beret, and then pioneered various innovations at JC Penney and elsewhere as a senior executive--but still, imagine a jacket of this quality being made for a high school student today!

    And this is indeed a very, very serious and beautiful jacket. This is fully canvassed and fully lined, with a classic British twin vent. It has a classic British three button front, and single button cuffs. It has one deep wallet pocket in the interior, and a spilt pen and pencil pocket on the other side. It does have three minor flaws: (1) It is missing the top button at the front--an easy fix; (2) there is a small snag hole on the front, as shown--this could be fixed easily with either re-weaving or darning; (3) there is the start of a wear fray on one elbow--this calls for elbow patches. (And think--it took over 50 years to wear through this tweed!)

    Given these flaws, this jacket is in Good/Very Good condition, and so is an absolute bargain at just $25, or offer, shipped in the USA! And remember--this is a mid-century jacket from London in ORKNEY tweed!

    Measurements:

    Chest: 20 1/4
    Sleeve: 24 1/4 (+2)
    Shoulder: 18 1/2
    Length: 29

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    tweedydon Senior member

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    I think it would amuse you to know that I chanced upon this exact blazer at a thrift shop in Charlottesville, VA and it is now my personal favourite blazer. I'm actually wearing it right now! Good to know the history behind this jacket.
     
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    tweedydon Senior member

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    That's great to hear!
     
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    agree,it would amuse you to know that I chanced upon this exact blazer at a thrift shop in Charlottesville,
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