Col­umns on the travel blazer, watch col­lec­tions and re­spon­si­ble lux­ury ho­tels

San­deep Gon­sal es tells us why the mod­ern-day travel jacket is a man’s best iend

Business Traveller (India) - - CONTENTS - SAN­DEEP GONSALVES BE­SPOKE TAI­LOR, SE­RIAL SARTORIALIST AND FOUNDER OF MUM­BAI BASED, SS HOMME

The ubiq­ui­tous travel jacket was born out of the sim­ple idea of main­tain­ing com­fort while ac­com­pa­ny­ing you on your ex­pe­di­tions, al­most like a shape-shi ing cloak. If you don’t al­ready own this in­dis­pens­able item, in its up­graded 21stcen­tury avatar, it’s prob­a­bly the rst thing you should buy this sea­son.

To start o with, t is al­ways the key. If you’re at ease in a bil­low­ing sil­hou­ette (who am I to judge?), you do you. But like most busi­ness trav­ellers, a well- tted jacket makes you preen like noth­ing else.

While most cor­po­rate trav­ellers pre­fer dark tones, the mod­ern day free­lancer and the oc­ca­sional dig­i­tal no­mad, opt for lighter neu­tral op­tions. To­day, we are spoilt for choice with count­less func­tion-based fab­rics — like a high-twisted yarn or hop­sack wool to keep wrin­kles at bay, a high-stretch worsted wool for ex­tra ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity or a stain-re­sis­tant fabric. In an ideal sit­u­a­tion, a wrin­kle-free, stain-re­sis­tant travel jacket is a ver­i­ta­ble god­send, since you might not al­ways have the time for a laun­dry­press­ing ser­vice.

ink of it — a travel jacket has to sur­vive cramped air­line seats and long day trips. Your best bet is a jacket that is un­lined and some­what un­struc­tured. is means that it will still look awe­some, even a er be­ing cramped for nine hours in coach. Min­i­mal pad­ding on the shoul­der and ex­i­ble fab­rics at the arm­holes are al­ways wel­come. Over­all, the jacket should be light­weight and eas­ily por­ta­ble, with an at­tached loop for easy hang­ing on any jacket hook.

If, like me, you like to have your travel doc­u­ments handy, opt for a jacket with per­son­alised com­part­ments for ease of ac­cess. I, per­son­ally, like that lit­tle added se­cu­rity so I choose to add in­ter­nal com­part­ments, or a zip­pered pocket for my pass­port, credit card or loose cash. Of course, I can think of a dozen ways to use these pock­ets — pens, sty­lus, head­phones and busi­ness cards.

Never un­der­mine the power of your but­tons — corozo or horn — which lend a quiet el­e­gance to the en­sem­ble.

Given that this jacket will be your long-term travel com­pan­ion, choos­ing a uni­ver­sally at­ter­ing colour is a must. My rec­om­men­da­tion is navy as it is easy to pair and ac­ces­sorise, and will not eas­ily show signs of wear.

Like all well-trav­elled men, I am sure you have your suit­maker on speed dial: a Sav­ile Row tai­lor, a home­grown de­signer or even your lo­cal darji. But be­fore you sched­ule your next tting, make sure you are equipped with the right sar­to­rial in­tel­lect. Get­ting onto the sar­to­rial “air­port look” band­wagon has never been eas­ier!

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