The resuscitation of Norman Hilton last fall by successor, and son, Nick Hilton featured a classic 3/2 roll notch lapel—one of the best I’ve ever worn—and a true natural shoulder. The 2011 autumn/winter collection continues to feature Lovat Mills’ shetland tweed constructed in New York’s garment district. Though Hilton continues to employ a pattern from 1963 found in the Norman Hilton archives, “there’s been some updating to modernize the proportions,” says accomplice Chris Callis.
As a tip of the hat to the eponymous designer’s alma mater, Princeton’s idyllic campus served as the backdrop for the sport-coats’ initial launch. For this fall, I headed to the Philadelphia countryside to photograph the handful of jackets, along with the introduction of Norman Hilton shirts and trousers. The Cannon lavender tweed sport-coat above, while unexpected, is a promising stand-out. It, along with Norman Hilton’s full collection, is available now at NormanHilton.com.