Smart Dressing

The finer things: New & Lingwood safari jacket

Jermyn Street outfitter New & Lingwood's superb spring safari jacket has got The Jackal rather hot under the collar


With well-over 200 years of history to its name, Jermyn Street outfitter New & Lingwood has always championed a colourful approach to mens dress, with confident, well-made tailoring a house staple. The house’s latest collection for Spring Summer ’17 is as colourful as ever, with contemporary striped boating blazers, bright cotton chinos and louche linen separates out in force, chief amongst which is the Layton safari jacket.

Safari jackets are everywhere this spring, but few of them are cut quite like this. Originally championed by Ernest Hemingway, who had a ‘safari suit’ cut in 1935 for the purposes of trekking through the African bush, New & Lingwood has appropriated this piece of sartorial history and given it a somewhat fresher feel for the city, or for the English sporting season.

With it’s long cut, four-button front and bellows pockets on the breast and hips the Layton channels archetypal safari style, whilst retaining a suitably formal silhouette. The jacket’s waist is also interesting – it features a concealed internal drawstring which allows for the line through the waist to be pinched in or relaxed as required – a rather clever, sporty touch that adds a utilitarian edge to the design. The wide-spread revere collar also pops like a treat for an expressive look and the jacket’s cuffs are finished with working buttonholes, with dark horn buttons used throughout. Paired with a simple navy crewneck, selvedge denim jeans, or even New & Lingwood’s elegant cream cricket flannels, the Layton is a piece that feels both sharp and easy to wear.

Also available in soft navy blue, this olive green Italian linen herringbone feels suitably contemporary for spring. With it’s lightly constructed shoulders, slim chest and unlined back, It’s a good weight too – neither too heavy nor too light – and it will continue to wear comfortably right the way into high summer. Simply swap the crewneck beneath for a navy T-shirt, push up the sleeves and you’re away.

For an added dash of quirkiness, a matching single-breasted waistcoat and tailored trousers are available too – should you wish to dress this piece up for a summer wedding, social function, the races or the tennis. A jacket that combines a very English sensibility with a contemporary character, this is a fun, intelligent piece that will serve readers well throughout the warmer months.