Drake’s S/S 2012 Jacket Line-up.
I spoke with Michael the day the coats arrived from the factory, and he agreed to model a few of them for Simply Refined before they hit the Clifford Street store on February 13th. A 3/8th lining will make a heavy tweed coat feel more like a sweater, but you can see how impossibly light the results are when you’re dealing with finely woven cottons. It is almost impossible to capture on camera, but the cleanliness of the internal seams is astounding. Really top of the line construction here.
You’ll also notice that a few new pocket configurations have been added. The three patch pockets that dominate all those blogger-beloved Italian sport coats have for now been set aside in favor of two patch hip pockets on the double breasted models and flap pockets with a ticket pocket on the single breasted coats.
With the lighter materials (wool gabardine or cotton drill), minimally-constructed silhouettes, and soft colors, I think the flap pockets give a little sharpness to the single breasted coats, as does the slightly roped shoulder. And pulling in the other direction, the patch pockets keep the smooth herringbone cotton double breasted coats from being too formal.