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GRAIL! LIKE BOGART IN CASABLANCA! Ivory Shawl Collar Dinner Jacket from Langrock of Princeton; MOP b

Discussion in '2011-2017 Classic Menswear' started by tweedydon, May 30, 2016.

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  1. tweedydon

    tweedydon Well-Known Member

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    GRAIL! LANGROCK OF PRINCETON SHAWL COLLAR TROPICAL TUXEDO

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    Two items of clothing stand out in the movie classic Casablanca.... Rick's trenchcoat, and his double-breasted ivory shawl-collar dinner jacket.

    And here's your chance to acquire a single-breasted version of the latter... Indeed, here's your chance to acquire something that's likely better than Rick's, for he would have been relying on local Morrocan tailors dealing with wartime shortages, and this beauty was made by Langrock, THE Ivy clothier of the Golden Age of Ivy style, during a far more plentiful and affluent age!

    Although there's no fabric content listed, this is clearly extremely lightweight tropical wool. Indeed, so gossamer light is this jacket that if it held up to the light the full skeleton of fine tailoring can be seen, with the fully canvassed chest piece visible in silhouette, the flaps of the pockets dark against the cloth, and the firm seams holding everything together as visible as a bird's bones under X-ray. Seeing this is a true sartorial treat, and I'll try to get a picture of this effect before this heads off to its new home. It's a testament to the exceptional quality of the cloth that no hint of its light weight is given unless it is backlit; it appears to be a regular woolen dinner jacket to the uninitiated observer.

    This is, of course, a single button shawl-collar single-breasted tropical dinner jacket. As a witty nod to the Ivy lapel roll this jacket also has a lapel roll, forcing sprezzatura upon its wearer. As noted above, this is fully canvassed, and quarter-lined. It has two button cuffs; all of the buttons are mother of pearl. This jacket is absolutely beautifully tailored, and features two flap pockets and a single center hook vent, tropical dinner jackets being slightly less formal than their temperate cousins.

    This jacket was worn very, very sparingly or not at all; all of the pockets are still basted shut. (Although this is possibly as a result of its original owner realizing that one should NEVER put anything into the external pockets of a dinner jacket!) It is in excellent condition, except for a small blemish on the shoulder, as shown... a blemish that just adds to its character.

    Again, this is a LANGROCK piece, and so extremely rare, especially in this condition! It was, of course, Union Made in the USA.

    You too can be like Bogie* for just $85, or offer, boxed and shipped in the USA.

    *Except taller.

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    Chest: 21 5/8
    Sleeve: 25 (+1 3/4)
    Shoulder: 18
    Length: 31

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