The SB2 is a two-button jacket — that's SB as in single-breasted, and 2 as in two. It is fairly long in the body — a traditional sort of length; suit jacket length, you might say — with a double vent at the back. But make no mistake: this is a very casual type of jacket: unstructured in every which way.
The buttons on the jacket are horn, and are dark matte tortoiseshell in colour. Being as they are an entirely natural thing, each looks different to the next, varying in tone and hue and striatic markings. Each button at the front has a backing button (below-left). Buttons at cuff, too: two (below-right).
The jacket has two large pockets at the front, which are covered with deep flaps. These flaps are cut a little narrower than the pocket opening, so may be tucked away without a trace. The bag of the pocket, meanwhile, is stitched through to the surface of the jacket. Same goes for the chest pocket, too.
There is a single jet pocket on the inside of the jacket, on the left-hand side as worn. Best not to over-complicate things.
Running across the inside-rear of the jacket is a short half-lining, which is made with the same material as the outer. This lining has a pleat running down its centre: why not. The sleeves, meanwhile, are lined with lightweight cotton, and the rest of the jacket is tidily finished with cotton binding.
A little hand-sewn chain-stitch there, which helps to keep the stem of a flower in place, say, if ever the mood takes to dress up — and a cheering presence if you don't.
Where to begin? This cloth — a replica of suiting material from the early 1900s — is bursting with a spectrum-spanning range of qualities. It is made with merino yarn, and boasts the drape of fine tailoring cloth, the breathability of linen, and, in highly being crumple-proof, is a great travel cloth, too.
The jacket is made at an outerwear factory in London: the best, many agree, in the capital. The jacket is cut by the hands of a cutter with some 30 years in the trade, and sewn by one of four seamsters whose meticulousness and pursuit of perfection would be caricature were the end results not always so good.
The cloth is woven in Somerset by one of the most illustrious names in British textiles. It is a mill which has woven for the great and good for two centuries and, in particular, has long had a thumb in the pie of military cloth — putting in the largest order for textiles, no less, during the Second World War.
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."
So they say
The SB2 is gorgeous and fits me perfectly: great quality for a fair price. Best regards — and again, I cannot stress enough how pleased I am with the quality of you products.
So said a gent who bought the jacket in heavy tweed in September 2017.
The SB2 jacket I bought is wonderful. I've got the same comments on the incredible fabric and attention to detail.
Another tweed SB2-owner, here, this time buying out-of-season in the summer of 2016.
I received both the SB2 and the shirt this week. They look even more fantastic in person than in the pictures — the materials, cut, and workmanship. Both garments fit me nicely — looking good, and feeling comfortable to wear.
So complimented a man from Finland on his tweed SB2 in February 2017.