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GRAIL! Vintage jacket by GGG Clothes. Made by Eisenhower's Tailors--likely during his Presidency!

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  1. tweedydon

    tweedydon Call Me a Cab

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    GRAIL! Vintage jacket by GGG Clothes.

    Made by Eisenhower's Tailors--likely during his Presidency!

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    Chest: 22
    Sleeve: 24 1/4 (+1 1/2)
    Shoulder: 18 1/2
    Length: 29 1/2

    This is absolutely beautiful! In the middle of the C20th GGG Clothes were one of the top tailoring firms in the country. Operating out of Brooklyn, they specialized in exceptionally high quality bespoke suits and coats, and were Eisenhower's tailor of choice when he ran for the Presidency--and then during his time in office. Martin Greenfield worked here, buying the company in 1977 and renaming it Martin Greenfield Clothiers. He continues to this day making clothes "the GGG way", and has outfitted Ford, Clinton, and Obama.

    GGG Clothes also has a part in baseball history, for its connection to the Brooklyn Dodgers and the most famous sign in baseball history--see the post below this one for more information!

    This jacket shows just why GGG Clothes had such a storied reputation. First, the cloth that it is cut from is beautiful--a rare yet classic birdseye in peat black and golden brown lighter midweight wool tweed.

    The jacket is impeccably tailored--as you'd expect from a Presidential tailor. Modeled on a traditional British hacking jacket this has a two-button front, a fully functional ticket pocket, and a twin vent; all of the pockets are slanted hacking pockets. Moreover, while this is darted, the darting is properly shaped to provide a very elegant silhouette when this jacket is worn--unlike many jackets where the darting is simply vertical. This jacket has two button cuffs. It is, of course, fully canvassed and fully lined in GGG's signature "carriage" lining.

    It was, of course, tailored not just in the USA, but in Brooklyn at GGG Clothes.

    This was originally sold in Barney's, New York... almost certainly during the Eisenhower administration. This thus marks a very rare opportunity to acquire a jacket made by Eisenhower's tailor that was made during his Presidency!

    This does have a couple of very minor and easily remedied issues. First, there is around 3/4" of fraying at the seam above one of the pockets; this could be ignored or else easily addressed. Second, there is the very hint of a start of fraying in the lining of the shoulders. Both of these minor flaws are shown below. It is thus in Very Good/Excellent condition.

    This is a truly beautiful and impeccably tailored jacket with lost of history--so how about just $59, or offer, boxed, shipped, and insured in the USA?

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    If you'd like to know what the factory this came from looked like in 1959, watch the garment factory scenes in *The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel*. They were filmed in Martin Greenfield's Brooklyn factory--which used to house GGG!--and which was retrofitted for filming to look as it did in the late 1950s.

     

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