What I want – Holland Esquire safari jacket
Sometimes you need a jacket that’s a bit different and a bit smarter then everything else you’ve got. It’d also be nice if it was lightweight so you can wear it when it’s a bit warmer too.
Well here’s a solution – the safari jacket. This version is by Nottingham based company Holland Esquire. If you haven’t heard of them you should do yourself a favour and check them out. The company was founded and is run by Nick Holland, a life long tailor who grew up around the industry (his father was also a tailor before him). He’s certainly one for pushing the boundaries of traditional tailoring (which can be seen through his collections), has real knowledge, isn’t afraid to try different things and is also one of the coolest blokes I know.
This piece is from Nick’s ‘Hand customised’ collection – it’s a tulip shaped Safari jacket in a brown ‘puppy-tooth’ check linen. Details include a slim Penny collar, four front pockets, a four button cuff (like a suit jacket) and matching linen covered buttons with a white contrast cross stitch on their opposing eyelet. The suiting theme is further continued on the inside of the jacket with a floral partial lining, itself featuring two buttoned chest pockets.
I think it’s a great, smart alternative to a pea coat (which is too hot for summer in its traditional wool, although cotton versions are available) and a Harrington (which can sometimes feel too ubiquitous for its own good). It’s not too smart but at the same time, nor is it too casual – for me it has the perfect balance between the two and is sure to keep you warm when it gets a bit chilly in the summer evenings without making you overly hot and uncomfortable.