The Return of the Sportcoat

March 21st, 2016

I shouldn’t call it a comeback. Gentlemen have been wearing sporcoats (or “blazers”, or “odd jackets” – depending on what era you’re from) for hundreds of years.

Although, with tailoring becoming more and more popular among millennial consumers and “influencers” around the world, the tailored jacket is starting to see a strong resurgence. We’re not talking about the stiff, padded, boxy jackets that our fathers and grandfathers wore (although, those can be cool too).

We’re talking about a new breed of jacket that is once again becoming the anchor of the modern gentleman’s wardrobe. It’s lightweight, cut from a high quality naturally-blended cloth, unstructured with soft shoulders, and tailored personally for him – of course. The modern menswear consumer is highly educated, after all. He can no longer be fooled with ill-fitting, short-term purchases.

With that said, for our Spring/Summer 2016 collection we included a small selection of versatile “odd jackets” that are designed to be the perfect match with several of our trousers and shirts. When choosing these fabrics, my goal was to create a garment that represented the ideals of slow fashion… A great sportcoat is a piece that should look great on a man in his 20s, 40s, 60s, 80s and beyond.

That’s the kind of long-term design and anti-fast-fashion that we get excited about in the AOS office.

Earthtone Glenplaid

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Our earthtone glenplaid provides the performance and wrinkle-release of high-twist wool, the luxurious sheen and texture of silk, and the ultimate breathability of linen. And of course, you know how we feel about the versatility and flattering effect of earth tones and brown & green.

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Suggested trouser combos for this jacket: olive worstedsand linenmedium grey frescodark chocolatekhaki cottonsilk tweed houdstooth.

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The Earthtone Glenplaid Jacket 

38% Wool, 31% Silk, 31% Linen

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Earthtone Glenplaid Jacket

Yellow Bengal Stripe Oxford Shirt

Heather Houndstooth

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Our heather houndstooth fabric is the perfect lightweight blend of linen and tropical wool. The subtle micro-houndstooth pattern incorporates cream and heather grey to create a vintage-inspired texture that harkens back to a bygone era when gentlemen dressed with elegance, class and sophistication.

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Suggested trouser combos for this jacket: navy hopsackessential charcoalblack stretch woolessential light navyburgundy worsted.

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The Heather Houndstooth Jacket

52% Linen, 48% Wool

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Heather Houndstooth Jacket

Essential Light Gray Trouser

Columbia Glenplaid

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It’s hard to go wrong with a jacket in shades of blue and cream. Our Columbia Glenplaid (named after my Alma Mater – Roar Lion Roar) is a modern take on a traditional menswear garment that was originally designed to transition from business to casual.

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Suggested trouser combos for this jacket: blue stretch woolessential light greynavy hopsackgraphite nailheadcream linenkhaki cotton.

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The Columbia Glenplaid Jacket

40% Wool, 35% Silk, 25% Linen

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Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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