Hardy Amies 60s 70s Vintage Plaid Suit Coat Jacket 40
An elegant vintage 1970s suit jacket from Hardy Amies, with fitted body, very lightly padded shoulders, wide notched lapels, flapped handwarmer pockets, 12" center back vent. Partially lined.
"A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care—and then forgotten all about them." (Sir Hardy Amies, from his book ABC of Men's Fashion, pub 1965)
|Sleeve length from back of neck||34.5"||87.5|
Lightweight wool, in a very intriguing weave, so hard to describe. It's done in black and white with a small amount of red. The pattern keeps changing in blocks that vary in size from 1.5x2" up to 2x3". From a distance, it's a subtle fairly neutral look. Come close and really look, and it's a little dizzying, like op art - see close-up photo. Lining is slate grayjacquard, with Hardy Amies name and small American and British flags woven in.
Hardy Amies U.S.A., Roos/Atkins. ACWA (R) tag inside chest pocket, which helps narrow the date to late 60s/early 70s.
Two button front with keyhole buttonholes. Three button cuffs
A single pinhole seen in the right upper sleeve - see close-up. Light staining to the lining under the arms. No other issues seen.
ABOUT HARDY AMIES and ROOS ATKINS:
Hardy Amies may be best known as Royal Dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth. He began in womenswear in the 1930s, and started a men's line in the early 60s. He was widely admired for his fine tailoring, attention to detail and upper crust style. He was also the stylist for some wonderful films, including 2001 Space Odyssey and Two For the Road.
Roos/Atkins was an upscale department store that was San Francisco based with other stores throughout northern California. Their heyday was from about 1957 through the 1970s. They had disappeared entirely by the early 90s.