SB2 jacket in grey-charcoal three sheep twill

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Two-button jacket, made in London, with a tweed of three greys from the Inner Hebrides, dark-grey wool-merino lining from West Yorkshire, and horn buttons from the Midlands.


The SB2 fits true to size, and so the mannequin — the most standard 38 in the world — wears S. The body is short-to-medium length and its shape is fairly straight, with the waist pulled in very slightly. The shoulders are soft and unstructured; the sleeves are an average width.

To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 20 21 22 23 24
Shoulder 17½ 18 18½ 19 19½
Back length 27¾ 28 28¼ 28½ 28¾
Sleeve from   centre-back 33       33½       34       34½       35      
Here is a button: a dark matte horn button. The jacket has two of them at the front: it is, after all, a two-button jacket. It is a casual jacket, with a lapel of medium width and a small, slightly low, notch.
There are deep pockets at the front, covered with large flaps, and stitched through to create a faint outline over the cloth (top-left). There is a smaller version of the same pocket at the chest (above-right). The jacket has a working cuff of two buttons, the edge of which is gently curved off (left).
The jacket has buttonholes on both sides of the lapel, and a reversible button pokes through on one side. This button can be removed completely if one so wishes — it just pops in or out — or, otherwise, it may be used to fasten the collar up, which is always handy when the going gets breezy.
The jacket has a half-lining of dark grey wool-merino, which is a distinguished outer cloth in its own right. This lining extends quite low, down to the lower back. Below that, and elsewhere on the jacket, the seams are bound in school-grey cotton, which gives the jacket internals a clean and neat sort of finish.
There is a single internal pocket on the inside, on the left-hand side as worn. Best not to over-complicate things.
The cloth is a box twill, which is made with the organic fleece of heritage sheep: the black and brown is yarn from the local Hebridean breed; the silver is the same breed, but older (sheep go grey). The weight of the cloth makes for a sturdy jacket, which with time will take on the form of the wearer.

As worn

The gent here is 5'9" and is wearing size S. He has a chest size of 38", and there are reports — neither confirmed nor denied — that he weighs in just below 12 stone.

Makers of

The jacket is made by an outerwear factory in north-east London. It is specialised skill, assembling jackets from thick and heavy cloth. The idea is to make something which truly lasts — all highly durable making techniques, heavy fusing, and turned seams — without the result being stiff or bulky.
The cloth is woven by a mill in the Inner Hebrides. Doesn't do things by halves, this place. The yarn is pure and undyed, and comes from sheep reared across the mill's vast and open and organic backyard. And no ordinary sheep, these; they are heritage breeds, sheared in a barn beside the loom-shed.
It is no ordinary cloth, either: they are very clever geometric twills, woven on a clunking Victorian power-loom — a proper cast-iron, wood, and string contraption, which is operated with calm and grace by a small team of highly skilled weavers, who either live on the island or the one next-door.
The wool lining hails from a mill founded in the Heavy Woollen District of West Yorkshire in the 1800s. Carding, blending, spinning, and weaving — it all happens on the same premises. This unique arrangement means that the fleece’s change into top-grade cloth could not be more tightly tuned.
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.