A stylish linen jacket in a natural colour that is something other than plain navy or cream is a great idea for summer in the country—so we were delighted to see this beautiful new jacket arrive from our English tailors. It looks at first sight like a pure wool herringbone tweed—but behaves like the pure linen it really is. It is cool, comfortable, and gentlemanly. This is a high-quality jacket to really enjoy wearing in the summer to come.
The colour is like unripe wheat, a tasteful shade of green-tinged pale corn—with a beautiful herringbone weave, smart vertical stripe of cranberry and a muted blue cross-weave—highly original, elegant and attractive. It has all the high-quality tailoring details: matched stripes, well-tailored cut and lining, two front flapped and jetted pockets, breast poscket and that mark of gentlemanly style, a ticket pocker. The next best thing about it is its natural style and versatility: it is as good for town as country. It is perfectly at home at smart shows and race meetings, Sunday lunch and visits to the vicar, the bank manager or the in-laws, where it will keep you cool and unflustered, no matter what pressure you find yourself under.
The jacket is trim, not boxy through the waist. This is what we are looking for in pretty much any jacket, especially one in linen, and this one is designed and tailored by our English tailors, whose heritage stretches back to 1784 when a master weaver, Daniel Gurteen, first set up in business. As to linen, since the ancient Egyptians wrapped their mummies in it, linen has been one of the most popular textiles in history. It is particularly associated with summer thanks to the fact that it feels cool to the touch and has the ability to absorb and lose moisture rapidly. It is particularly comfortable in humid weather, or when you find yourself under pressure—unlike cotton, which can end up feeling unpleasantly damp.
Another advantage is that linen improves with age, becoming softer the more it is worn. This jacket also styles beautifully in a modern way—here it is shown with three patterns in high-altitude style: a lived-in co-ordinating mini-check tattersall shirt from Viyella is a nice break from the usual, and a pure silk dogtooth tweed pheasant tie in claret is an original change—three patterns being the summit of assured elegance! It looks equally good with plain colours picking up any of the shades. It jacket comes in regular and short fitting in chest 40-52in and in long in 40-50in chest.
RRP £195 plus delivery. CCUK £97. Free UK mainland delivery.