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    HBK & Mario: Yes, the lapels are rather unsual. They weren't quite what I was expecting. The previous jacket they made for men had a lovely, broad but straight peaked lapel. I saw this and thought 'They look odd!'.

    Then I tried the jacket on and immediately fell in love with the lapels! I thought to myself 'They look continental' but don't have any reference points for why I would say that.

    I'm just waiting for someone to post pictures from a vintage brochure proving 'That's exactly how Spanish tailors cut lapels between 1928 and 1931.' (Oh, where is Mr Chevalier when you need him?)
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    Maybe your jacket is beginning to grow Dumbo lapels...



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    Nice jacket! Love the belly on those lapels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two Types View Post
    HBK & Mario: Yes, the lapels are rather unsual. They weren't quite what I was expecting. The previous jacket they made for men had a lovely, broad but straight peaked lapel. I saw this and thought 'They look odd!'.

    Then I tried the jacket on and immediately fell in love with the lapels! I thought to myself 'They look continental' but don't have any reference points for why I would say that.

    I'm just waiting for someone to post pictures from a vintage brochure proving 'That's exactly how Spanish tailors cut lapels between 1928 and 1931.' (Oh, where is Mr Chevalier when you need him?)
    Odd shaped lapels were a fixture of Eastern European tailoring. A longtime lounger, Doran, actually had a suit made in the Polish lapel style which looks very much like yours. Here Polish politicians from the 20s displaying very bellied lapels:

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    The height of those lapels make them look very distinguished.
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    The vest underneath looks good too. I dislike low hanging lapels. I found a very good fitting navy colored suit today in fact but turned it down because of that fact. Also have a navy suit that fits already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two Types View Post
    Here is my latest sports jacket:







    It was made for me by Bookster. I really like the distinctive curve to the lapels. And the colour is amazing - it looks blue in some lights and green in others.
    The first thing that came to my mind when I saw those lapels was a shark's fin. I absolutely love them. Bloody brilliant! You've truly outdone yourself this week, TT.
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    "Odd shaped lapels were a fixture of Eastern European tailoring." I knew someone would have some background facts! Thanks.
    Very interesting. My first reaction was they look continental but i just couldn't place them. However, having studied Eastern European history at university, and worked in photo archives owned by East Europeans, it's no surprise that i had subconsciously absorbed certain details.

    P.S. Thanks to all for your positive comments on the jacket. I think the jacket is a good example of how, with some effort, one can achieve a distinctive, vintage-inspired look without having to 'break the bank'.
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    You mentioned that you didn't quite know where the inspiration for those lapels came from-how did you specify them? Or is it a standard shape that Bookster offer? Looks like good quality. Very thick too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metatron View Post
    You mentioned that you didn't quite know where the inspiration for those lapels came from-how did you specify them? Or is it a standard shape that Bookster offer?
    It isn't a standard style. On my previous jacket I sent photos (taken from the FL) showing the style of lapel I wanted. They made a brilliant job of recreating them. This time I asked for the same lapel, but it appears they added more 'belly'. So it wasn't exactly what i had asked for, but I actually prefer them. So let's call it an inspired error!
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