SB2 in silk-linen poplin in gentian blue

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Two-button jacket, made in London, with a poplin of silk and linen from a mill in Ireland, and dark horn buttons from the West Midlands.


The SB2 fits true to size, and so the mannequin — the most standard 38 in the world — wears S. The body is slim, a standard length, and the waist is gently nipped in. The shoulders are unstructured; the sleeves are an average width.

To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 19 20 21 22 23
Shoulder 17½ 18 18½ 19 19½
Sleeve over shoulder 30 30½ 31 31½ 32
Back length 29½ 30 30½ 31 31½
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. Both front buttons has a backing button — also horn — while there are a further two buttons on each cuff.
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 a light, slinky satin, and the rest of the jacket is tidily finished with soft 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.
This is a poplin made with equal parts silk and linen. It is light, airy, and soft. Very soft, in fact — think century-old and aggressively laundered flannel pyjamas. And then you've got the slubs. Good grief, the slubs. That black one on the right, for instance — would take an eye out given half a chance.

Makers of

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 silk-linen is woven by a small, family-run mill on the south coast of Ireland. What really sets the cloth apart from (ahem) the run of the mill is the rigorous finishing methods — the secret recipe of softening and scouring and tumbling — which are applied once the cloth has left the loom.
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 here 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.