Photography: Bill Kouroupis
Editor: Katerina Theocharis
Dapper gentlemen want to be well dressed during their personal time.
The Norfolk jacket is considered to be the ultimate leisure garment. With an essence of British countryside, the Norfolk jacket is a great option, while it brings a relaxed, stylish and chill vibe to your appearance.
Today, I am going to present you my brand new made-to-measure suit by Christakis and I am thrilled to say that this house was the first to reintroduce the Norfolk Jacket to the Greek market.
The Norfolk dates back in the 1860s and it was originally introduced by the 15th Duke of Norfolk, as a hunting coat.
It had also be worn as part of his leisurewear by Earl of Leiscester also known as Coke of Norfolk and Prince of Wales who later became George IV strictly reserved for country wear, for hunting and sporting activities and over the next decades it became a jacket ‘being especially suited for bicycling, business, fishing, pleasuring, and the moorland’ (Tailor and Cutter, April 1888).
Its name comes from the Duke of Norfolk or from the county of Norfolk in the East of England.
Originally, the Norfolk jacket is usually made from tweed, closed with 3 or 4 buttons and features large patch pockets. The jacket also has a full- or half-belt made from matching fabric, along with leather buttons, notch lapels and a single vent.
Nowadays, there are several variations both on fabrics selections and details.
The Norfolk Jacket Today
Today, the Norfolk jacket is gaining more and more ground among sharp gentlemen, who want to look their best even during their leisure moments.
A lightweight wool fabric is an excellent choice when it comes to selecting a fabric for your new jacket. The modern-day Norfolks usually have fewer pleats, while they feature the distinctive front patch pockets and a half belt in the back.
Just a quick tip: In order to avoid looking like a man lost in time, this particular item should better be paired with contemporary items. Corduroy, large checkered fabrics, denim jeans or turtleneck sweaters could beautifully complement and emphasise the distinctive character of the Norfolk.