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La Rukico Tailors produces the finest custom full suits in New York City. But we also offer separates, like blazers and sport coats (or sport jackets), that add unparalleled versatility to your wardrobe. Like all of our garments, La Rukico’s blazers and sport coats are tailored to your exact measurements and infinitely customizable.
The terms “blazer” and “sport coat” are often used interchangeably. Neither style forms part of a suit and, because of this, they are considered less formal than suit jackets. But while both are intended to be worn with unmatching trousers, they have distinct, fascinating historical origins. Blazers were initially worn as uniforms and sport coats served as rugged, outdoor wear.
Blazers trace their origin back to 1825. The uniform of Cambridge University’s rowing team, a fitted, double-breasted jacket, was named a “blazer” after its bright red color. Cut more casually than traditional suit jackets, blazers allowed sportsmen to exert themselves easily while maintaining a sartorial dignity befitting “gentlemen’s sports.” The “blazer” style was quickly adopted as a uniform by sport’s teams, schools, and military units throughout Great Britain.
Generally, blazers are made of fabric in one, solid color. They traditionally feature metal buttons, brass or silver, adorned by crests or other symbols. These buttons were initially intended to reflect the blazer’s “nautical” roots. (Note: La Rukico Tailors is proud to offer as wide range of Benson & Clegg buttons, and can be seen here.)
As their name suggests, sport coats were originally used as casual attire for hunting and riding, activities during which a heavier, durable fabric was desired. Corduroy, suede, and tweed are common materials for the construction of sport coats. Dormeuil, for example, makes over 300 different designs just for sport coats.
Many sport coats still feature leather shoulder pads, a remnant of the past meant to protect the coat from a shotgun’s kickback. Traditionally-designed sport coat’s will appear more formal than most blazers, which are usually made of lighter fabrics.
Over time, the differences between blazers and sport coats have been all but obliterated. What remains is their unmatched versatility, perfect for dressing down a day at the office or dressing up on Saturday night.
La Rukico’s blazers and sport coats are always impeccably tailored, designed to fit your body and sewn from the highest-quality fabrics in the world. They’re also surprisingly affordable, maybe the best deal in Manhattan! To learn how we can offer such high quality at such low prices, visit our pricing page.
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Selection Of Holland & Sherry Sport Coat Fabric Swatches