By Andrew Yamato
Sartorially speaking, we live in an in-between world these days. Where there were once distinct dress codes for daytime and evening, town and country, work and leisure, most of us now have the freedom to wear what we want, when we want. Increasingly, what we want is clothing that can take us anywhere.
We’ve been refining our bespoke slack jacket over the past few years into the ultimate go-anywhere garment. The easy styling — slightly longer, with a squared-off four-button front and a generous spread collar — dates back to the 1940s and 50s, when a prosperous postwar America was making leisure a national obsession. We’ve embraced the leisure aspect by focusing on fabrics with a hint of stretch — making the jacket move and feel like a tailored cardigan. Patch pockets can take the formality down even another notch, or choose flapped hacking pockets for a touch of rakish flair. However you style it, the slack jacket is versatile enough to pair with grey flannels and a textured tie at the office, as well as dressing down with denim and t-shirt for the evening and weekends.
The cozy cotton-wool jersey knit fabric we’ve been making these up in provides unparalleled comfort, stretching where needed but never losing its shape. Nor do you ever have to worry about wrinkles (even after balling it up into a travel pillow as Alan frequently does with his). This past summer we introduced a new shirt-cuffed warm-weather model — unlined, unconstructed, and made from a featherweight wool and silk seersucker — truly a garment you’ll truly throw on and forget all about. This fall we’re showing our new favorite in a sumptuous cotton corduroy, with a touch of elastane for the ultimate in knockabout luxury.
Scroll on down for a gallery of these three particular models. And as much as we love the samples we’re showing, this is indeed bespoke and we’d love to hear your own ideas on which cloth would make the perfect slack jacket.