My new "Norfolk Jacket"

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  1. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    I've just commissioned a sportcoat borrowing a few details from a Norfolk jacket. In reality, it's probably less Norfolk than just straight sportcoat, but I thought I'd solicit the forum's opinion before all the details are set.

    I like the idea of a full Norfolk, but as a bigger guy I don't want to add too much business and bulk around the middle. I really want to wear this primarily as a casual sportscoat during the fall and winter months, with the ability to use it as outerwear for walks in the woods. No actual hunting or riding use here. I've picked a pseudo-Norfolk cloth, a large-ish herringbone in a deep, warm brown. It's a very soft fabric, not the stiff tweed that would be traditional, but again I want this to really be a sportcoat with some Norfolk details added in. It looks the part without perhaps draping or feeling the part.

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    Tab collar closure in suede
    Suede elbow patches
    Half-belt in back
    3 patch pockets
    Leather buttons

    I think a single vent is really the only way to go, but does anyone thing a double vent is possible?

    Also wondering if the half-belt should have any hardware; e.g. buckle, buttons, or just be straight cloth.

    I'm inclined not to go with the rear shoulder pleats (is this called "bi-swing?") so as not to add too much bulk but I am open to suggestions.

    Constructive criticisms welcome.
     
  2. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    Try researching "half Norfolk jacket," then come back.

    Consider a welt breast instead of patch.

    Holland & Holland has a nice one.


    - B
     
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    A double vent is ceratinly not traditional on a norfolk, nor appropriate-- that being said, I just ordered one.
     
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    Consider bellows pockets instead of patch pockets on the sides. I know you don't plan to carry shells, but how often are you going to get bellows pockets otherwise?
     
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    wmmk Senior member

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    Try researching "half Norfolk jacket," then come back.

    Isn't that called an Alexandria jacket?
     
  6. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    Isn't that called an Alexandria jacket?

    I don't know. Tell us more.


    - B
     
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    I would do the bi-swing, half belt with no hardware, bellows pockets, and single or double vents. Single vent is most traditional but I have seen many such coats with side vents.

    I would rethink the elbow patches until such time as your coat wears sufficiently to make them useful.
     
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    gshen Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Try researching "half Norfolk jacket," then come back.

    Consider a welt breast instead of patch.

    Holland & Holland has a nice one.


    - B


    What do you like about the Holland & Holland Half Norfolk jacket?
     
  10. le.gentleman

    le.gentleman Senior member

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    I just created a comprehensive Norfolk jacket guide explaining the historic development, style and links to shops were you can buy one. You can read it here.
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