Sunday, July 31, 2011
Henry Poole sent me a blazer the other day, bringing a twenty-two month long project to completion. That is by far the longest I have ever had a jacket in progress, however the delay was hardly all Poole's doing. The firm visits San Francisco twice a year, so fittings occur at six month intervals unless the customer gets to London, and these past two years I have been travelling to the continent instead. So when the fronts had to be re-cut after the first fitting, that meant another forward fitting, plus a final and then a trip back to England to finish everything up. Twenty-two months.
Poole of course was the greatest tailoring firm in the world at one time and remains one of the top ten or so. The house silhouette is middle of the road, and unlike some of their neighbors they do endeavor to accommodate requests. The coat itself is fourteen ounce/400 gram Smith's hopsack with nautical gold buttons and Poole's dark red house lining.
Worn with cream flannels and brown shoes, the jacket should be perfect for viewing America's Cup events on foggy San Francisco Bay days these next two years. It should also get wear in the afternoons with light gray flannels but I think the buttons may rule it out for evenings.