In 1850, Gentleman’s Magazine of London described the smoking jacket:
“a kind of short robe de chambre, of velvet, cashmere, plush, merino or printed flannel, lined with bright colours, ornamented with brandenbourgs, olives or large buttons.”
In 1950, Hugh Hefner adopted his trademark smoking jacket look.
In 1999, Cigar Aficionado brought back smoking jacket, while famous designers like Louis Vuitton and Tom Ford recalled it’s fame as a piece of high fashion.
An overgarment designed to be worn while smoking tobacco, usually after dinner in the smoking room.
Today, it is considered to be an all-purpose at-home jacket. Α tuxedo or a suit would be too formal, a blazer too οrdinary, but a smoking jacket could be special and fashionable, yet warm and comfortable.
For my dapper home wear look I chose a wool handmade smoking jacket by Christakis, a brand with huge reputation in handmade housecoats and smoking jackets since 1947, combined with a double face all-silk scarf with paisley pattern. The perfect outfit to enjoy one of my favourite cigars Montecristo Regata, which I collected from an amazing store in Kolonaki Athens, KYLIX.
Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury. Coco Chanel
P.S. Read more about Christakis’ work and philosophy visiting Introduction to Bespoke Shirts.
Photographer Vasilis Kouroupis