It is always with pleasure that I visit the blog of “Ragtop Vintage Clothing” . Military clothing, workwear, jeans … Here are some of their latest findings … As a short walk at Spitalfields Antique and Collectors Fair.
The Varsity Jacket is a jacket traditionally worn by high school and college students in the United States to represent school and team pride as well as to display personal awards earned in athletics, academics or activities.
Also known as “Letterman jackets” in some places.
The body is usually of boiled wool and the sleeves of leather with banded wrists and waistband.
Varsity jackets are usually produced in the school colors with the body of the jacket in the school’s primary color and sleeves in the secondary color.
They usually feature a banded collar for men or a hood for women.
The Varsity jacket derives its name from the varsity letter chenille patch on its left breast, which is almost always the first letter or initials of the high school or college the jacket came from.
The name of the owner usually appears either in chenille (matching the letter) or is embroidered on the jacket itself.
The owner’s graduation year usually appears in matching chenille.
Placement of the name and year of graduation depends on school tradition.
The year is most often sewn on the right sleeve or just above the right pocket.
Lettermen who play on a championship team often receive a large patch commemorating their championship that is worn on the back of the jacket.
Lettermen who participate in a sport in which medals are awarded often sew the medals onto their jackets to display their accomplishments.
Today, the Varsity jacket is back, you can find here in lots of collections.
Personally I would go for an Ebbets one.
They started producing Varsity jackets in 1990 but are one of the Best !
Yes, you’ve readed well the title : A Belgian Pride !!!!
Perhaps our British Friends won’t be happy to read it but the Duffle Coat wasn’t invented in England but in Belgium !
The Duffel Coat was created during the 19 century in a town named “Duffel” in the province of Antwerp.
The coat was used by farmers who wanted something heavy that won’t let the wind and the rain disturbe their work.
The Duffle Coat was made from Duffel, a coarse, thick, woollen material.
When Field Marshal Montgomery came to Belgium, he found that coat in the province of Antwerp and took it back to England.
As it was a good wind and rain stopper he decided to dress the British Royal Navy with it.
That’s true that the duffle coat owes its popularity to the British Royal Navy.
Field Marshal Montgomery was a famous wearer of the coat, as a means of identifying himself with his troops, leading to another nickname, “Monty coat”.
Large stocks of post-war military surplus coats available at reasonable prices to the general public meant that these coats became a ubiquitous and popular item of clothing in the 1950s and 1960s.
The British firm Gloverall purchased surplus military supply of coats after World War II and have continued to still make the Monty ever since and in 1954 started producing their own version of the Duffle Coat and continue to do so today still being Made In England.
Gloverall made in the 50’s what is known as todays Duffle by using leather fastenings and Buffalo horn toggles with a double faced checkback fabric.
Today there’s only one company left that still produce the Duffel Coat in Belgium : Saint James !