Updated April 19th, 2019 – James Bond’s look while he’s waiting for his ride in the Moroccan desert in SPECTRE quickly became a fan favorite. The combination of the Brunello Cucinelli linen blazer with the white Tom Ford shirt and rust knit tie, the Cucinelli gabardine trousers and belt and J.Crew Kenton suede boots is probably more practical for the heat than the Matchless suede jacket he wore earlier in the film.
Update: AJB007 forum member (and very lucky man) Meesta Bawnd had a screen accurate jacket made by Brunello Cucinelli. He has very graciously shared some of his pictures to give us all a closer look at the SA color and details. You can see more pics in this AJB007 thread. Thank you, sir!
Features Wanted for the SPECTRE linen blazer
- Linen or linen blend, with some texture, but no pattern
- More of a softer, unstructured construction with medium width notch lapels
- 3 buttons (3-roll-2)
- Slightly cropped tail
- Standard suit jacket pockets with flap; not patch pockets.
- Light brown/British khaki/dark camel (what the heck do you call this color?)
Trying to be strict here and stay close in color, material and style (I’m looking at you, patch pockets!). But some features will have to be sacrificed at the altar of price and availability.
Best Option for the SPECTRE linen blazer
Mango Slim-fit Linen Suit Blazer: $169.99/£119.99
This option from Mango may be leaning a little too dark in color to be ideal. But it does have that slight reddish undertone we see in the Cucinelli. There’s also the fabric texture to take into consideration. Up close it definitely has a more noticeable basket weave. Having said that, I still think this is a very solid option at a price that won’t kill the average bank account. The cut is certainly more modern. And, despite the fact it’s described as a “Suit Blazer”, it’s from Mango, so I wouldn’t expect an overly structured construction. The fabric is 100% linen and they currently have sizes 36 to 46 in stock.
Options Under $100
Stafford Linen Cotton Herringbone Classic Fit Sport Coat in Brown: on sale for $59.99
Good old JC Penney’s. Sure, the Stafford isn’t anyone’s “Dream Jacket”. But the fabric is 55% linen/45% cotton. And it comes in sizes 38 to 52 in short, regular and long lengths. So that should help us dial in the fit. Did I mention it’s under sixty bucks?
JF J. Ferrar End-on-End Suit Slim Fit Suit Jacket in Tan: on sale for $95.00
Maybe a little too light in color? A lot depends on the color of the pants you’re using. And this one does have that nice pick stitching around the lapels and pockets. Downside is it’s a poly/rayon blend AND it’s fully lined in polyester. So not exactly super-breathable in that desert heat. JCP still has most standard sizes in stock. And it also comes in a “Classic Fit” for you bigger guys.
Options Under $200
Vedoneire Linen Blend Blazer: €153.00/£134.95/$172.00 Update: on sale for £50.00
Vedoneire from Ireland has their Linen Blend Blazer in Fawn. I actually have another jacket from them (waxed cotton), and the quality is excellent for the price. The customer service experience with them was great as well. I’d expect this one to be more of a traditional, structured construction.
Not the perfect color. But there’s still a lot to like. The fabric is 100% linen, they’ve gone with a more breathable butterfly style lining, and the jacket features pick stitching accents for a more screen-accurate look. Banana Republic has sizes 34 to 50 available. And even though this is included in the “Under $300” category, BR’s nearly constant sales means the price should drop below $200 pretty regularly.
If you can get past the herringbone pattern (which honestly doesn’t seem to be that noticeable in the online pics), this option from the in-house Dillard’s brand could be a real winner. The color looks to be a good match for the Cucinelli and it’s a modern, unstructured design with natural shoulders. The jacket comes in small to XXL.
Damn, this thing is way cheaper in the UK! Not sure I’d shell out $299 for it. But £150 seems fair. No linen in this one. Instead Tyrwhitt has gone with a 98% cotton/2% elastane blend and used a half lining to keep things cool. WARNING: it does appear to have functioning cuff buttons. But the jacket is available in sizes 36 to 46 in short, regular and long lengths. Which should help most of us avoid any extreme tailoring. Also comes in their Classic Fit for you bigger guys.
Gagliardi Lanificio F.lli Cerruti Taupe Tonal Pique Jacket: €349.00/$392.00
WANT! Two things kept this from being the “Best Option”. The price and the fact it’s fully lined. But other than that? That color is close to perfect, we get the pick stitching details, and the 85% wool/15% silk suiting they’ve used looks very pretty up close. I have two suits from Gagliardi; both are very well made and while not totally unstructured, the padding is kept to a minimum. I’d expect this one to be similar. The jacket comes in a good range of sizes in short, regular and long lengths in a Slim or (roomier) Contemporary fit.
The Ebay Option
There are a lot of suitable alternatives floating around Ebay. A quick search for “Mens Brown Linen Blazer” gives more than 20 pages of results. Take these for example:
The first is a New With Tags Calvin Klein linen-blend in size 40 short for $45.50. The second is a New With Tags Enzo 100% linen in size 40 for $64.95. The last one is a used Banana Republic 100% linen in size 38 short for $39.97 or Best Offer. And they all probably come closer to the screen used jacket that some of the options shared above.
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