Wool Zipper Front Jacket

A jacket made from Italian wool in a 1930s style.

This jacket is a piece that I made for myself from some leftover Italian wool suiting that we had. It is inspired by 1920s and 30s motoring and sports jackets but has somewhat more modern style lines.
The beauty part of our bespoke jackets lies in the fact that each and every detail can be hand-picked.
In this case, I made flap-pockets and added bias-cut inset panels in the front. I also did away with the lower pockets that I was considering, reasoning that having welt pockets at the waist would only encourage me to slouch, and that, in general, men are more becoming when they stick their hands in jean or trouser pockets.
No doubt each of us would choose different options. Below is an alternate version of the jacket that I designed, with a wider collar, no front style lines, and pleated front patch pockets. This piece also has a top-stitched back pleat rather that style lines at the side back.
A Sketch of an Alternate Design I Considered
The jacket I made for myself is also unlined, which saves in terms of price and makes the piece better for wear in the spring and during hot summer nights. But for a customer who hoped to wear the jacket deeper into the winter, I would undoubtedly recommend a lining.
If a customer writes us about a style, often we can forward on many ideas or perfecting the piece in the form of sketches, vintage photos, and fabric ideas.
Wool and Leather Jackets

1936 Sears Catalog

Here is a page from the 1936 Sears catalog (borrowed from this book) that shows numerous possibilities for jacket details including back belts, pleats for fitting and numerous welt pockets
Any of these ideas can be incorporated into a piece that is hand-tailored for your body and climate. As with the jacket, that I made from the striped fabrics, we can also “update” and seamlessly blend numerous modern touches with any or the vintage details for a piece that is completely modern and classic.
To get started designing your own custom piece, contact us now.