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.

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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.

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