John Simons

Ivy Jacket – Johnston of Elgin Cashmere


John Simons first purchased a traditional American Sack Jacket in 1958, whilst working at Cecil Gee on Charing Cross Road. The jacket was a lightweight, muted plaid number, complete with all of the hallmark Ivy League Details. The jacket was produced by Stanley Blacker, a forerunner in the American Menswear market and one of the first manufacturers to adorn his creations with a product label. John recalls the purchase fondly, citing the transaction as more than a simple fashion statement, rather, it provided a magic route to the Bebop revolution, which was far cheaper than the cost of a plane ticket.

Our made in London Ivy League Jacket is a modern adaptation of the classic American Sack Jacket. The jacket comes completely unlined and unstructured for ease-of-wear, in turn emphasising the natural shoulder line.

This model is constructed from a luxuriously soft brown cashmere produced by historic mill Johnston of Elgin. Hailing from the Scottish town of Elgin, Johnston’s have been committed to producing the finest fabrics for over 225 years.

In addition, the jacket features: 

  • A three-button front with soft roll to the top button
  • 100% cashmere
  • Slim lapels 
  • Three patch pockets
  • Two-button cuff
  • Centre vent
  • Made in London

Natural Shoulder spoken here!