Popover in mid-weight corduroy in rust

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£160.00 — ex VAT

Popover, made in London, with corduroy of middling weight (10oz) from Lancashire, and with horn buttons from the West Midlands.


The popover is true to size, and as such, the wooden and calico gentleman here, who has 40 branded upon his chest, is wearing it in size M.

To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 20 21 22 23 24
Shoulder 18 18½ 19 19½ 20
Back length 29 29¼ 29½ 29¾ 30
Sleeve from centre-back 34 34½ 35 35½ 36
Can be many things, a popover, but surely they must always pop over the head (hence the name) and be alike in concept and function to a shirt. This one has an open, one-piece collar, as well as a fairly long, relaxed body, so that it may function as a useful mid-layer — over a shirt, even — from time to time.
The popover is open at the front, halfway down the chest, but it can be fastened, for the more conservative amongst us, with the help of a button halfway down, to gently cajole the two sides of the front together. Accordingly, the collar is softly pressed, so rolls out elegantly, rather than with a fixed break.
There's a patch on the left side as worn, which houses two pockets. The larger but less obvious of the two is accessible from the top of the patch; the other has jetted entry. They're separate pockets, if that's unclear. The former is the more secure of the two, given its proximity to the large flap above.
Bar-tacks abound on the popover: there's about half a dozen on the pocket and pocket-flap alone. They serve to strengthen all points of expected stress on the popover: not only in and around the pockets, then, but also at places like the base of the neck opening.
The sleeves on the popover are, compared to the body, sharply shaped, with a pleat halfway down to taper them to a wrist-gripping cuff. There are also vents at the side, to make it easier to pull the popover on and off. They're deep, these vents, but are trained to sit neatly and out of sight when not open.
This is a corduroy which is middle of weight and narrow of wale. It is a very soft cloth, particularly its interior, but — cord being a traditional working cloth — is exceptionally hard-wearing. And, despite being soft and warm on cooler days, it is eminently breathable, and so really rather good all year round.

As worn

Him, here, stands at 6'1" in height, 11 stone in stone, and 38 in the chest. The popover he's wearing is size S.

Makers of

The popover is made by a coat and jacket factory in north London. Rather than being made like a shirt, as you might otherwise expect, the popover is instead made to the same standards, and with much the same structure, as robust outerwear, with heavy fusing and turned seams and the like.
The cloth is made by a cotton mill in Lancashire, in north-west England. Cottons have rolled off its line for nearly a century and a half. Industry-leading methods of weaving, dyeing, and finishing — unimproved in decades — along with steadfast adherence to quality, result in some truly first-rate cloth.
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 linen popovers are really quite remarkable, for their cut and quality. I wear them very often, and they are a joy.

The proud owner of not one but three popovers — both linen and corduroy — said so in September 2017.

I received the popover this morning and it is beautiful. The material, the construction, and the finishing are fantastic. This was my first S.E.H Kelly piece and I'm thrilled with it.

So said a man who kindly bought the popover in cord in September of 2017.