A nod to collegiate apparel of yesteryear, the Club Jacket combines subtle details from classic letterman jackets with the masculine silhouette of a blouson.
A slice of Americana enters the Drake’s line-up this Spring / Summer by way of the Club Jacket. A casual classic with a rich history, this preppy staple has seemingly never fallen out of favour, reappearing over the decades in various guises from patch heavy sports styles, to carefully cut modern updates.
A hybrid of sorts, our version can trace its routes back to multiple sources. The letterman jacket immediately comes to mind. While various origin stories claim this iconic item, Harvard University makes the strongest case. In 1865 the college’s star baseball players were presented with uniforms bearing the letter “H” – the first time embroidered letters had been used as rewards. A successful season meant the letter remained yours, while a poor performance could see you stripped of your prize. Fast-forward to the 1930s and these sought after symbols were transferred from woollen uniform layers to the more substantial baseball jacket. This low-key sporting outerwear style would become a symbol of status and achievement across Ivy League colleges and beyond.