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Found what I think is a vintage Brooks number 1 sack coat.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ww21943, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. ww21943

    ww21943 Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    This is my first thread. I've been a long time lurker. I started visiting thrift stores recently. I haven't found much but I did purchase a Brooks Brothers gray herringbone coat. I think it is a number 1 sack. It was obviously part of a suit. I bought it before researching and finding that you really can't use an old suit jacket as a sport coat. It is my exact size, 41L. I believe this to be 70's vintage from the union tag. I've been looking a Brooks Brothers website for a sport coat and I noticed the Fitzgerald cut ones fit rather trim and many are full or half canvased. It got me thinking that if I replace the buttons on this one with leather ones it would look like a sport coat. I appreciate your opinions. If it doesn't work then it doesn't work.

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    I don't think leather buttons would work. When I think of leather buttons I think of tweed jackets; they wouldn't look right on a worsted wool jacket. The color, the worsted wool, the cut make it look like an obviously orphaned suit jacket. Don't waste time or money on it, find a proper sport jacket.
     
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    Frankly, if it fits well, and you're just starting out, I think it would look alright with leather buttons. An actual sportcoat would be better, but I doubt anybody but the cognoscenti would think it was an orphan if it had leather buttons. I've certainly seen my fair share of very fine herringbones sold as sportcoats. I think they're sub-optimal, but not awful.

    It'll take what, less than $10 and under an hour of work? Then, you have something to wear while you hunt for better stuff. I actually think I have the same cloth, in navy. I'm debating whether I should get it altered and put brass buttons on it for winter, or if I should flip it.
     
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    It will always be what it is - an orphaned suit jacket. It will always look odd and certainly with leather buttons.

    Get rid of it and have the patience until you can find the correct garment that fits.
     
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    Thanks for your opinions. At least it was a lesson learned for me. I'll keep my eyes open for a proper sport jacket.
     

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