Fashion Dictator On The Jacket Of The Moment

Each week, Esquire's Fashion Director, Catherine Hayward answers your style conundrums. Tweet your questions to her @chaywardstyle, or email her.

I don’t know who this jacket is by but I keep seeing young actors wearing it. Where can I buy it?
 – Alex, via email.

Alex, grab your reading glasses. If you look carefully, you’ll notice very obvious differences between the two.

As he stumbles out of a club, ex-Time Lord Matt Smith is sporting a midnight blue quilted satin bomber jacket by New York based menswear designer Patrik Ervell. But there’s a snag. The jacket is from Ervell’s summer collection so you’ve missed the boat on that one.

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So thank goodness for Dev Patel’s timely choice of outerwear. As he attempts to pass incognito through the airport in dark glasses and soft pink jeans (I know… pink jeans) his jacket of choice is from new autumn season Burberry Brit. But here’s another snag. Actors often borrow samples straight from a designer’s publicity department that don’t go into production and are therefore unavailable. And in this case, Dev’s jacket was bought from the USA store so, unless you’re planning a trip to NY sometime soon, it’s unavailable in the UK.

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Frustrating, I know.

So what to do? Well, here’s an alternative. It’s a relaxed quilted bomber jacket made from soft cotton jersey in dark carbon blue from Burberry Brit for £225. Less shiny than Dev’s and much more low key.

If you really like the style but not bothered if it's navy, here’s a military green option. Also in lightweight cotton and with a slightly wider quilted texture.

And if it’s the classic Harrington shape you’re after, you can’t go far wrong with the reliable Baracuta G9. Launched in 1937, it was popularized by actor Ryan O’Neal’s character – Rodney Harrington – in US 1960s soap opera Peyton Place. The style, of course, became popular with the Mods and an icon was born. 

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