Hood jacket in navy blue Ventile cotton

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£290.00 — ex VAT

Four-button jacket, made in London, with navy blue Ventile cotton from the north-west of England, and horn buttons from the Midlands.

Waiting

Almost if not entirely sold out, these, by the looks of it. Still, don't despair. You can get in touch via to not only find out if or when they'll come back into stock, but to be notified should such an occurrence transpire.

Sizing

The coat fits true to size, and thus the mannequin — the most standard 38 in all the world — wears a size S. However, please note that the hood jacket was designed to be worn with nothing much more than a t-shirt or shirt underneath, so is cut fairly slim in the body; if you want a roomier fit, then go one size up.

XS S M L XL
To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 19 20 21 22 23
Shoulder 17 17½ 18 18½ 19
Sleeve length 23½ 23½ 24 24½ 24½
Back length 26 26½ 26½ 27 27½
The jacket is made from Ventile, which is a cotton of legendary weather-proof capabilities. Water rolls right off it. It was invented in Manchester in the mid-1930s and is 100% natural and 100% cotton. It works because it is so tightly woven; made from the finest 2% of the world’s cotton crop.
The jacket has a large collar with rounded points. Attached to the collar is a detachable hood: it buttons to the collar at the sides and back. There are umpteen ways to wear this hood — such as fully fastened, with the two-button chin-strap (seen above) done up up, and the collar buttoned across too.
Of course, with the hood being detachable, the jacket can also be worn without it. The only sign that something is missing are the five small horn buttons, which sit underneath the collar — and are hidden when the collar is worn down.
The jacket has a four-button front (with only the top button visible when fully fastened). All buttons are real horn — light and tortoiseshell in colour — and, being as they are an entirely natural entity, each of button looks a little different from one to the next; varying in tone and hue and striatic markings.
The seam, which runs all the way around the jacket, conceals two large patch-pockets at the front, which can also be accessed from the side. These entry points at the side have been bar-tacked to strengthen them (see left). Inside the jacket, meanwhile, is a large patch-pocket which closes with a button.
The jacket has a buggy-lining of cotton, the colour of which is a darker complement to the navy blue Ventile. All exposed edges and seams inside the jacket are bound with a dark blue cotton.

As worn

The gent here is 6'1" and is wearing a size M. His chest size is 38", and there are unconfirmed reports that he is 12 stone.




Makers of

The jacket is made by an outerwear factory in London. They are safe hands indeed when it comes to Ventile. Core-spun threads, double-felled seams, fine-diameter needles, and every other Ventile nicety — they know it all, having made such garments for military and civilians alike since the late 1980s.
Ventile was invented in Manchester in the 1930s. It is a high-performance cloth — being put to use over the years for all manner of high-octane and outdoor pursuits — but is simply an intensely tight weave of natural cotton. Water hits the cotton, cotton swells up, water has nowhere to go: easy.
The horn buttons were cut, shaped, and polished by the last such factory in Britain (now defunct). It was part of a tradition in the Midlands first linked to the meat industry of the 18th century. "It is no easy task," said William Hutton in 1780, "to enumerate the infinite diversity of buttons made in Birmingham."