If there has been one mainstay in the closets of the well-dressed for the past century, it's the gold buttoned navy blue blazer. It's the work horse behind any prep's wardrobe worth a damn. Out grew the 9 year-old hand-me-down with your older brother's Prep school insignia? Not to worry. This one, interpreted by Norman Hilton in an 80/20 wool/cashmere blend, is as pure as it gets. And it's soft...real soft. Interpreted from an original Norman Hilton pattern from 1963, it boasts an undarted front, single hooked back vent, true natural shoulder, a classic 3/2 roll notch lapel, and a detachable throat latch.
In a move as sly as...well, a fox, I had my tailor swap out the unembellished buttons for a set of fox mask gold buttons redolent of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. They are handmade in England by Benson & Clegg, a top quality bespoke tailor who happens to be a Royal Warrant holder to the Prince of Wales. The buttons are created by craftsmen following a tradition of artistry and excellence established in the 18th century. The navy blazer and fox mask buttons are both available at Sir Jack's, a preeminent outfitter to the modern gentleman.