Brunello Cucinelli SPECTRE Linen Blazer

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.

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UpdateAJB007 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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Under $300
Banana Republic Slim Linen Blazer in Khaki: $249.00

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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.

 

Cremieux David Linen Herringbone Blazer in Khaki: $275.00

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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.

 

Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit Tan Textured Stretch Cotton Jacket: $299.00/£149.95

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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.

 

Under $400
Gagliardi Lanificio F.lli Cerruti Taupe Tonal Pique Jacket: €349.00/$392.00

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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:

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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.

In case you’re thinking that Ebay isn’t your thing, you may want to read this article and this article. Both will give some insights and strategies to help you have a positive buying experience.

 

As always, you can share the links to your best finds in the comments! And remember to check us out our Facebook page, Instagram Feed and Pinterest Boards for more James Bond style advice, inspiration and info on where to find the latest deals!

Featured image is sourced from Tuxedo Thursday. Other images are from the Daily Mail.

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21 thoughts on “Brunello Cucinelli SPECTRE Linen Blazer

  • November 14, 2018 at 10:25 pm
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    I found what looks like a great alternative at M.J. Bale in Australia, their VERRAZZANO LINEN JACKET
    SLIM FIT. Tried my size today and purchased it straight away. Really lovely. Colour and style are wonderful. Going to pair it with the Aklusa Grenadine burnt-orange.
    Here’s the link, though for some reason these website pics don’t show how close the Verrazzano is as an alternative. It’s quarter lined, linen weave (100% except for the lining), with 2 buttons and quite soft shoulders. Sleeves have four buttons (that work). Let me know if you want some better pics, but I’m very impressed. Also managed to get it on a 30% off sale.
    https://www.mjbale.com/menswear/menswear-suits-and-suit-separates/verrazzano-linen-jacket/JKT197S18.html?dwvar_JKT197S18_color=Brown#start=2

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  • November 15, 2016 at 7:59 pm
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    Any new suggestions? I’m a little late to the party and the Gagliaridi Taupe Linen Blazer seems to be discontinued. Shame because it’s the closest resembling one to my eyes.

    Cheers,

    Kris

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  • July 31, 2016 at 12:35 pm
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    Hey just wanted to say, surprisingly the lining of the H&M blazer is actually 60-something percent cotton and 30-something percent polyester in the body, and the sleeves are 100% poly. Sorry for the non-specifics, I don’t have it handy. But the cotton blend body lining keeps things quite cool! (Now a partial lining would have been great, but we can’t have it all) XD

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    • July 31, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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      Thanks for the update! I’ll add that to the post!

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  • July 26, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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    You guys should check out H&M right now. They have an awesome linen/cotton blazer in a light brown that is pretty dang close in color. It has a subtle herringbone pattern that is pretty classy. It’s also lined in a cotton blend so it keeps you pretty cool. Check it out!!

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    • July 26, 2016 at 9:57 pm
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      Thanks Nick, I’ll take a look at it ASAP!

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  • July 10, 2016 at 11:27 am
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    I ordered a large and it fits pretty
    Close to a 42r in a regular suit jacket.
    The sleeves are just slightly to long.
    Other than that the fit is great.

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  • July 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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    I purchased the Cremieux Henry Linen Blazer in Chino Heather from Dillard’s.
    I’m very happy with color and quality of the jacket. Also the elbow patches were fairly easy to remove with seam ripper and there was no discoloring were the patches had been.

    I have no experience sewing or stitching and I had them removed in about 30 minutes.

    Thank you for the recommendation.

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    • July 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm
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      Glad we could help! The Cremieux is the one I’ve been eyeing. How is the fit? Is the sizing pretty accurate?

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  • June 7, 2016 at 7:28 pm
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    Just ordered this coat from Macy’s online. Looks to be a great option. Linen, with a nice brownish tint and slight texture. Full sizes still in stock and I got it for a song. Definitely looks to be a contender!

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/tasso-elba-island-solid-linen-2-button-blazer?ID=912441&CategoryID=16499&selectedSize=#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D14%26ruleId%3D65%26slotId%3D1%26kws%3Dtasso%20elba%20blazers%26searchType%3Dac%26ackws%3Dtasso+elba

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  • May 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm
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    Never mind, they have a UK store too – just ordered 😀

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    • May 22, 2016 at 8:37 am
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      Hi Hamza
      Sorry for being slow to reply. Let us know how you like the MD blazer!

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  • May 20, 2016 at 1:06 pm
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    Hey,

    I’m thinking of ordering the Massimo Dutti blazer you mentioned above, and I just wanted to ask what the bicep width on the 42 is? I’m located in the UK and if it ended up being tight on the arms it would be a disastrous process to return.

    I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I love your site!! Keep doing what you do my man 🙂

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    • February 22, 2016 at 1:53 pm
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      I saw that one earlier, but I wasn’t sure if the color was a little too light. Have you seen it in person? Does it appear darker? Thanks again for the suggestions!

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  • February 15, 2016 at 1:36 pm
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    Unfortunately more tan than brown.. however this option is in fact linen and has the 3 roll 2 button style.. (that has been my biggest want on an alternative).. Cant pull the trigger on this one though due to the color just being too light.. but still in comparison to some of the other alternatives here.. this one os a great option

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/J-Crew-Trim-Fit-Tan-Textured-3-Roll-2-Linen-Blazer-Sportcoat-/131687253951?var=&hash=item1ea92c07bf:m:mRdcGt1dTnCDOGiUXURzvqA

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    • February 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm
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      Styling is great, but I agree with you about the color. Finding that right shade of brown is tough (I think the Esprit soft twill blazer comes closest). Zara is already making their play for the style, so I hope we see even more this spring.

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