I decided that for this spring and summer season that I wanted a couple of lightweight linen sport coats that would be worn for dressy casual wear and with a tie on occasion. Since I purchase all of my tailored clothing second hand, I acquired a second-hand Black Brown 1826 linen sport coat in a subtle blue/grey plaid pattern on eBay for the sum of $12.00 (it was in new condition without tags). This is my review of that stylish sport coat.
Black Brown 1826 is an in-house clothing brand for Lord & Taylor department stores (1826 is the year Lord & Taylor began). This is a mid-priced line with suits that retail for $400-$600.00 and sport coats in the $200-$400.00 range. Black Brown 1826 has an exceptional pedigree. It is created by Joseph Abboud, one of the most respected designers in menswear today. I have a number of higher-end second-hand suits and sport coats by Joseph Abboud and am a long-time fan of his ‘Modern American’ menswear collections. I was, therefore, eager to see if the Black Brown 1826 line lives up to his reputation!
This sport coat is made of a high-quality plaid woven linen that wrinkles casually on demand as all good linen should. It is very lightweight, with a colorful floral half lining made of polyester/rayon. It is a 2-button jacket with a slim-fit side-vented body and is made in China.
This is a stylish jacket with a fit that caters to youthful and young buyers with a trim physique. In terms of quality, I would consider it to be comparable to what Jos. A. Bank sells at a similar price point. It is great as a higher-quality alternative to fast-fashion to wear on the weekend or as an occasional sporty look on warmer days.
The fit is excellent for me. I wear a trim 42L suit size, and this sport coat fit perfectly with no alterations required. If you already have a solid wardrobe of business suits, this is a great addition for those times when style is the priority. If you are a thrift-shopper, you should be able to find low-cost bargains from the Black Brown 1826 collection on eBay and in local thrift shops.