John Simons

Ivy Jacket – Navy Linen


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 particular model is constructed from a wonderfully light yet robust navy linen, produced by British mill, Brisbane Moss. Linen is not only the most environmentally friendly fabric one can produce a garment in, but also neatly compliments the jacket’s soft construction, and is a delight to wear during the Spring/Summer months. 

In addition, the jacket features:

  • A three-button front with soft roll to the top button
  • Slim lapels
  • Three patch pockets
  • Two-button cuff
  • Centre vent
  • 100% British linen 

Available as separates or a suit. Natural shoulder spoken here!