When most people think “corduroy jacket,” they imagine an endearingly musty sport coat that’s probably logged some time on the racks of a vintage store—but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Take a pointer from this Baron Wells jacket which has more in common with a navy hopsack blazer than the classic 70s item. The first trick is the pin wale, which is thin enough to resemble velvet at first glance. Add in working sleeve buttons (in a shade light enough to pass for brass), and you’ve got one of the more elegant corduroy items known to man.

The good news: they somehow brought it in under $250. The bad news: for some reason, they only made eleven of them.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom