This combination features a Huntington plaid sport coat of wool and silk in a spring/summer weight. The sport coat has several traditional features: 3-button front (3/2 roll) with 2 buttons on each sleeve, natural shoulders and a single hooked vent in back with 1/4 inch welted edges, an Ivy style afficionado’s dream. This was a great find at the Salvation Army in Greenville, SC ($6.99). At the same store, I found a silk and linen jacquard tie ($2.00) made by Jacobs Roberts for Rush Wilson Limited, a local clothier. The 100% cotton button down is Polo by Ralph Lauren, which I found on another outing ($9.00), and the pocket square was a gift from my grandfather.
All of these items are in excellent condition with no visible signs of wear. I won’t buy a sport coat unless it is my exact size – 44 regular. I realize that taking any good find to a tailor for minor adjustments is almost a given – not so in this case! Not only was the item a perfect fit in the shoulders and chest, but the sleeves were also the perfect length, allowing just 1/4 inch of shirt cuffs to show. Apparently, I have a doppelganger in Greenville. To top it all off, I found a traditional Haspel sport coat of go-to-hell yellow linen with a faint turquoise window pane pattern. It had a Rush Wilson Limited store label and was a 3-button model with 2 button sleeves and natural shoulders. This item was half-lined on the interior and will be perfect for a late spring steeplechase race. The fit of this sport coat was absolutely perfect, and I’ll post images of it in the next week. The same person must have donated both sport coats. Lucky finds!