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Legendary Outerwear

As soon as the mercury drops below what we deem comfortable, we reach for our trusted commute companion — the jacket. These pieces have been in our closets for as long as we can remember and will remain wardrobe staples for the foreseeable future. But how did they get in our closets to begin with? Here’s the story behind five of this season’s styles.

The Quilted Jacket

The term quilt originated in 12th century England, but the technique’s roots go back to the Middle Ages. It was first used for bed covers, but gradually went on to be used in light weight clothing. Quilting refers to any run of stitching, either decoratively or just in a straight run combining at least two layers of fabric. The popular three-dimension look on diamond quilted jackets is achieved by adding a third padding layer between the fabrics.

Lexington's contribution to the world of quilted jackets is our Hunter Jacket which fends off brisk breezes while staying comfortable. However, if you prefer to layer on a vest, our Gregory comes in green and blue.

Tilt Toward Quilt

The Richard Jacket

The style, created by a Southern Californian brand, is a combination of the bomber and varsity jacket. Named the Catalina, it has been worn since the ’30s and is a popular jacket widely copied by brands and Ivy leagues. The jacket is characterized by the infamous drop shoulder style and a short, yet comfortable, fit. The Catalina jacket is a favorite among Hollywood stars and has been worn by Paul Newman in “Absence of Malice.”

Sporting a clean and dry look has never been easier than with our Richard Jacket.

Sporting a clean and dry look has never been easier than with our Richard Jacket.

The Parka

It's convenient, it's warm and, of course, used by the U.S. military. The original snorkel parka was developed in the early 1950s, and used mainly for flight crews stationed in extremely cold areas. The name "snorkel parka" comes from the fact that once the jacket is zipped all the way up, the wearer would have a small tunnel (snorkel) to look out of. These jackets are usually big as they are created to be worn over battle dress and other layers. Our parkas play off the spacious design making them perfect for layering and giving you an edge.

The Field Jacket

Like most silhouettes in menswear, this mainstream jacket has its rich history and origin from the Army. It was conceived to keep the U.S. Army warm and dry during World War II and later during the Vietnam War. The Field jacket has since become a wardrobe essential for every man as the classic item keeps coming back every season as a reliable outerwear for the unpredictable in-between weather.

This classic style is given a new look by adding some sophisticated details. Our Glenn Field Jacket, for instance, looks ruggedly refined because of details such as the contrasting cordury collar.

Whatever jacket you choose, just make sure it makes your journey to work or beach a warm and stylish one. Our versatile Malcolm Twill Jacket is low-maintenance but of high quality, which gives a casually sophisticated look.

Whatever jacket you choose, just make sure it makes your journey to work or beach a warm and stylish one. Our versatile Malcolm Twill Jacket is low-maintenance but of high quality, which gives a casually sophisticated look.

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