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Casual Ready-to-Go Wear: The Safari Jacket

I’ve been getting a lot of wear out of this safari jacket. It has plenty of pockets, including a zippered and a buttoned inner pocket. The lining is a half mesh number that keeps the rig cool(-er). A half cape is a nice addition to the back. I’ve just Scotchguarded it to make it water-resistant.  In a pinch, it is long enough to cover a suit coat or sport coat. My only complaint is the bi-swing back, which doesn’t ever lie flat. It continually poofs out. Well, considering how cheaply the garment was made (Chinese manufacture) for J. Peterman, I shouldn’t complain. Look for my take on this in the future. I think that the ICON collection could use an Hatari or Mogambo jacket.

7 thoughts on “Casual Ready-to-Go Wear: The Safari Jacket

  1. I LOVE my safari jacket. Rather Hemingway I think. I got a really nice one at a very fair price from Cabelas.


  2. I love my safari jacket.

    A short sleeved belted model would be nice for very warm weather. There is an old Apparel Arts illustration of one.

  3. Congratulations for helping to bring another old classic back from the edge. I’ve owned an old style Filson safari jacket for years, it’s great, large bellows pockets, working epaulets and belt, it has multiple uses. It’s a classic and I’ve even hunted in mine. Hatari or Mogambo two great safari movies you can’t go wrong with either one of those as inspiration, the only question now is the Clark Gable model or the John Wayne model? Also would the Hatari model have Red Buttons? Sorry I couldn’t resist.

  4. You’re very handsome, but I have to tell you I have the same photo of Mr. Cary Grant on my dressing table.
    Love your blog, btw. Where is ‘real/’reel’ C.G.?

  5. Thank you for the compliment and for reading Christine. Poke around there is a lot of good stuff in the archives. That particular photo is in the studio of my tailor where I have a space to showcase my designs for The ICON Collection of which this jacket is part.

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