Last Chance Dept.
Your name is not Rockefeller nor is it Vanderbilt. You were not legacy’d into the Metropolitan, the Carbon Studio or the Century Club. Your great grandfather was not in attendance opening night when Henry Kendall Thaw gunned down Stanford White during the final act of Mam’zelle Champagne. You would not be given eight courses and champagne while on murderers’ row.
Of course not. These are the things afforded to old money. But fear not. The velvet sport coat is just the old world luxury you need to indulge in the ballyhoo of privilege.
A few guidelines...
Velvet is your plush canvas to be highlighted with printed shirts and eye popping raw silk ties. You can wear jeans. In fact, I recommend it. But they have to be nice jeans. If not, a pair of grey pants. No velvet pants. Suits are an entirely different animal. You need a pair of exquisitely distressed Balmorals or similar. Chelsea boots will do. Distressed and falling apart are not the same thing. If unsure, invest in a new pair. Finally, you must become involved in some elaborate subterfuge involving politics, love triangles, high society and bribes.
The Old-Money Velvet Jacket (No. 5163). 100% cotton velvet. Fully lined in contrasting red paisley print. Notch lapels. Single breasted with two corozo buttons at center front. Shoulder pads. Four functional buttons on sleeve cuff. Welt pocket on wearer’s left chest. Welt pocket with flap on wearer’s left lower side. Two welt pockets with flaps on wearer’s lower right side. Two double welt interior pockets on left side. One double welt interior pocket with button tab flap on right side. Double back vents.
Men’s sizes: 36 through 48.
Color: Dark Navy.
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