Why This Blazer Is a Steal for Two Grand
- Najib Benouar
That’s right. This beautiful specimen of Italian linen and American handcrafting is going to set you back $2,005—and thanks to our friends at UrbanDaddy Perks, it’s worth every penny. (A price tag well under retail—that is, if this were sold anywhere else.) If you’ve heard of Commonwealth Proper, the bespoke outfit hailing from Philly, you’ll already know what they’re about: the finest materials, dedication to craft and making clothes that aren’t British-leaning, Italian-feigning or anything other than good old American no-nonsense tailoring. And you might also know that they don’t make RTW suiting. Except for this exclusive blazer.
There’s a lot of detail here, so let’s get right into it.
The bookend seam. The “bookends” are the two white stripes running down the interior of the jacket’s back seam. It’s the hallmark of a high-end unstructured jacket. Your typical jacket is lined so you don’t see all the mess in there at the seam, but since this jacket is only lined in just the right places—the arms, chest and shoulder—and not the back, they had to finish that back seam flawlessly. (And they did.)
A good unstructured jacket still needs a bit of structure to look its best. So, yes, there’s a floating canvas in this jacket—even though it’s unstructured, you’ll want it to form to your body over a few wears. And the shoulders are ever-so-slightly padded, so you’re not looking slouchy.
The buttons are all mother-of-pearl. Not just at the cuffs—every button. It’s much sturdier than your typical plastic or acetate button and has a crisp white contrast to the blue linen.
Operable cuffs. “Surgeon cuffs” are a bespoke standard, but when you’re buying ready-to-wear jackets with those cuffs, you’re often stuck getting the length altered by your local tailor—which can be a pain. So instead of changing the length after the fact, you’ll get to choose from three different sleeve length options.
And if you’re looking for one of Commonwealth Proper’s seersucker ties or just-as-impeccably-cut shirts to match—or to tide you over while you count your pennies—they’ve got those, too, over at UrbanDaddy Perks.
Oh, and just in case you’ve already got an Italian linen blazer in navy, this one also comes in purple.