Sky-blue tweed jacket from Steven Hitchock

Tuesday, May 24th 2016
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A couple of readers e-mailed yesterday to ask about the jacket I was wearing in the images of visiting Simonnot-Godard

It is the jacket I had made by Steven Hitchcock back in 2012 - a sky-blue tweed from Holland & Sherry's Harris Tweed bunch. (Funny looking back at those old posts. Steven and I both look rather younger...).

The jacket has done very well, and continues to be as fantastically comfortable as the other drape jackets Steven and his father cut me. But it's not the easiest colour to wear, as you might suspect.

Blue shirts are never quite right, so it's whites or white/blue mixes. Here a blue/white striped bespoke shirt from Drake's. 

I also like the colour of the buttons (a mid, orangey brown) but together with the gauntlet cuffs, they make it even more unusual. I must get round to changing the first and taking off the second. 

You can see the lovely colours in the tweed below. Worn with a Simonnot-Godard 'smoking' in the top image, and with one of their vintage 'fil de bouche' hanks below. 

Simonnot-Godard pocket handkerchief

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nice jacket and great hankie, love it, how much? good idea with white shirt
I had a two tone royal blue black suit made and always wear white shirts.
Can you tell me anything about the sheerest white linen for shirts mate?


I love the colour of your jacket Simon. I have an Argyll one in a similar colour to wear with my trews. How are the gauntlet cuffs cut? Are they part of the pattern piece for the arm or are they laid on after the two arm pieces are sewn together?


Hi Simon,
I still remember the posts related to this jacket that I still find lovely, even though at the beginning I wasn’t especially excited about the gaunlets. Indeed, in my opinion they make it a little bit dandysh, and thus less versatile. Presumably, at Pitti Uomo, they would instead be desirable! As to the colors of the trousers you wear with this jacket, I assume you could with the same kinds as if it were a light grey jacket.


Hi Simon,
This is an off-topic. But on many occasions you have already touched upon the issue at stake: dress code in the work place. I just wonder whether we are indeed heading for “the end of office dress code”.


A random question for you Sir: Leave the sewn on “Simonnot-Godard Made in France” labels or cut them off? They seem to sometimes get in way the way and show which could look tacky. On the other hand they are sewn on quite sturdily (unlike one of those on-the-sleeve labels on a RTW jacket) so I would assume the maker intends them there?

Richard T

Hi Simon,

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I’ve only recently stumbled across the posts on this jacket. I love the look of it and wondered if you knew whether or not the cloth is still available. Do you still have and wear the jacket, by the way?

Richard T

Thanks, Simon. Much appreciated.

Martijn Stolze

Hello, just stumbled on this thread because I bought a similarly coloured jacket. Was wondering, my jacket is darker than any of my light blue shirts, so are you sure it is not a combination that works? Complementing colours? What attracted me to my (flannel) version is that it works with both lighter (tan, grey) and darker (navy) trousers. What kind of tie would you recommend? Was thinking anything muted and darker, navy, blue and red, for instance.