So back in November of 2015, the Mail Online shared photos of Mr. Craig and his talented wife Rachel Weisz strolling through New York. And Mr. Craig was wearing some very cool outerwear. I’m pretty sure it was Instagram account What’s Daniel Wearing that eventually identified it as the Brunello Cucinelli unstructured navy cashmere jacket.
A more recent version is still available at Mr. Porter if you happen to have $4495.00.
Features Wanted for the Brunello Cucinelli Unstructured Navy Cashmere Jacket
- Navy cashmere, wool or wool blend material
- Unstructured, unlined construction
- 3 button closure with a high button stance (would be great if we could get that fourth button on the lapel!)
- Welted chest pocket and patch style hip pockets
It’s not only the jacket’s features that make it cool. It’s also the way Daniel Craig wears it. By doing up the 3 buttons and turning up the collar, he gives what is essentially a pretty standard soft construction sport coat some serious style.
Now a quick note about the options. There just ain’t much out there that really captures everything we want. Unless you’re willing to spend north of $500. However, if nothing below is doing it for you, I would strongly suggest checking out Yoox. They offer higher-end designer brands at discounted prices, but sizing on most options is very limited and they tend to go fast. However, if you’re patient, you can find alternatives like this $850 Marni Blazer for about $275.
Okay, back to the alternatives that are regularly in stock.
Best Option for the Brunello Cucinelli Unstructured Navy Cashmere Jacket
Oliver Spencer Coram Stand-Collar Wool Jacket in Navy: on sale for $199.00/£155.00
Well it’s not exactly a sport coat. But taking into consideration the way Daniel wears his Cucinelli, if you leave the top two buttons of this Oliver Spencer piece undone you’ll definitely get the look we’re after. It’s made from a mid-weight wool and is lined in cotton through the body. Matches Fashion currently has it on sale. But sizes are starting to run out.
Update: Well, that was quick! Matches only has sizes 36 and 42 left. But you can head over to the Oliver Spencer website. They have sizes 40 to 46 in stock and on sale for $247.00/£155.00.
A very nice affordable option from Massimo Dutti. Fabric is a 77% cotton, 21% polyester, 2% elastane blend. So it’s definitely a lighter weight alternative. But they’ve kept many of the “blazer” styling details. And with it’s higher button stance and thinner lapels it comes very close in spirit to the original. Could be a solid option for those of you in warmer climes who want the look but would sweat to death in wool?
Another five button, 100% cotton alternative. Unlike the Oliver Spencer, with it’s standing collar, this one has more of a spread collar. So getting it to stand up and stay up could be more of a challenge. The cut also seems a little boxier, less tailored. I’d consider sizing down to get a more fitted look. French Connection has sizes XS to XL in stock at the time of writing.
And if the French Connection alternative was made in 100% merino wool, we’d get this option for Charles Tyrwhitt. It’s still a relatively light-weight fabric, which gives the piece more of a cardigan feel. And we’re also losing the chest pocket. But if you’re inclined to go more “sweater” than “blazer” with this look, this could be a solid option. Tyrwhitt has sizes XS to XXXL, which should be good news for you bigger guys.
As always, I’ll add more alternatives as I find them! If you’ve found an option you like, share it in the comments below! And remember to check out our Facebook page, Instagram account and Pinterest Boards for more James Bond style advice and inspiration!