THE AMERICAN STYLE
The U.S was an early adopter of ready-to-wear garments such as the sack suit which was immortalised on TV series such as Mad Men.
The American jacket is best described as a timeless classic. Pinning down a unifying style for the States is more difficult on the other hand. For starters the American style has been heavily influenced by the British for obvious reasons. It’s also interesting to note that the U.S. saw a large number of immigrants arriving from Europe who were skilled in the art of sewing and who brought their own styles with them. There were plenty of skilful Italian tailors in New York from a very early stage. If one were to highlight two things about America’s sartorial development, the early adoption of ready-to-wear is significant. Brooks Brothers is said to have sold off-therack suits as early as the mid 1850s. Another influencing factor of note is the so-called Ivy League look, a sibling of today’s wildly popular preppy style. The sack jacket is a cornerstone of the Ivy look and has come to define the style of the American suit jacket. The characteristic jacket is reminiscent of the style worn in the U.S between the ‘40s and ‘60s. It’s classic, timeless and unfussy.