We’ve managed to establish the designer behind Bond’s Matera suit (and we looked at some alternatives in this post). But, as far as I know,
we’re still in the dark as to the maker (see Update below!) of the James Bond blue Matera jacket. Based on the Neapolitan-style shirring on the jacket’s sleeve heads, I’m guessing the designer is Italian and expensive. But so far my searches haven’t turned up anything close to what we see him wearing.
The photo of the jacket comes from the website Permanent Style. Simon Crompton, the site owner, wrote about the jacket in an April 24th, 2019 article, describing the Giubbino as a versatile piece in a slubby cotton/linen blend that originally retailed for £330.00. Simon also posted some photos of him wearing the jacket on his Instagram account. Sadly, the Giubbino is no longer being made and it looks like it’s sold out everywhere now.
Features Wanted for the James Bond Blue Matera Jacket
- Lightweight navy blue fabric (possibly linen or a linen/cotton blend)
- Button front
- Shirt style collar
- Drawstring at the hem
- Bellow hip pockets with button closure flaps
- Loose, unstructured fit
To start, I’ll say that I couldn’t find any alternatives with ALL those features. Even finding a jacket with a drawstring hem and flapped hip pockets was a challenge. Never mind the button front. It’s also worth noting that the start of the Fall/Winter season isn’t really the best time to go searching for lightweight jackets. Needless to say, I’ll keep hunting. But in the short term, we’ll need to give up some features.
UPDATE: Best Option for the James Bond Blue Matera Jacket
Mango Pocket Linen-Blend Jacket in Dark Navy: on sale for $24.99/£9.99
It’s missing the drawstring waist (this one is elasticized). And there’s no buttons on the bellow pockets. But other than that? Man, this thing looks spot-on! The color, the button front, even the 55% linen/45% cotton fabric all hit the nail on the head. I missed it the first time because it’s on the Mango Outlet website, not their main site. The good news is obviously the price. The bad news? While the Mango UK site has all sizes in stock, the U.S. site is down to sizes medium and XL. Word of warning: my experience with Mango is that their sizing runs small. So I’d suggest going a size up. If you’re interested in a 100% linen version, Mango has one of those as well on their UK site on sale for £45.99.
Murano Baird McNutt 100% Slim Fit Linen Trucker Jacket in Blue: $34.99 to $49.95
A solid alternative suggested by AJB007 forum member Obi Sean Kenobi. As the name states, this is more of trucker jacket design. Meaning welted hip pockets and flapped chest pockets. But Baird McNutt is recognized as one of the best linen producers in the world. So you can expect the quality of the fabric to be top notch. This is coming from independent sellers on Ebay. That $34.99 price is for sizes small to large. If you need an XL, go to this listing, where the price jumps up to $49.95.
A fairly generic chore jacket in a shorter cut. I know some fans aren’t crazy about the drawstring hem on Bond’s jacket. If you’re of that opinion, then this style can give you the look without having to go full “blouson”. The fabric is 96% cotton/4% Spandex jersey, so there’s some stretch. Uniqlo only has sizes large to XXXL in stock. But in my experience, the brand fits on the small side. So sizing up may not be a bad idea.
Mango Buttoned Cotton Jacket in Ink Blue: on sale for $69.99/£39.99
A similar style to the Uniqlo above. But without the chest pocket. This one is unlined and made from 100% cotton. So expect a relaxed, slightly boxier fit. Mango has almost all sizes available on their U.S. and UK websites.
8 by Yoox Blazer in Dark Blue: on sale for $98.00/£59.00
If you don’t mind the chest pocket and missing drawstring, this one is definitely worth a look. The jacket is made in Italy from a 53% linen/47% cotton blend fabric. The hip pockets don’t have the bellows design. But they do have the flaps. And it should be relatively simple to get a tailor to add some buttons if you really want them. Yoox has sizes XS to large in stock. However, I shared a different Yoox blazer in another post and one of our readers commented that the one he received fit very small. I think the fit on this one will be looser and less structured. But you still may want to think about sizing up.
Save Khaki Denim Work Jacket in Marine: on sale for $109.97
Just over the $100 limit. Despite some obvious design differences, this one was the clear winner. Yes, the fabric is denim. But it’s a pre-washed, lightweight denim that hangs like normal cotton. We’re missing the exact hip pocket style we want (and gaining a chest pocket). But we do get the drawstring waist, button front, open cuffs and shirt style collar. Plus it’s made in the U.S.A., which many will like. And then there’s the price. Since this is at Nordstrom Rack, it’s getting a hefty 61% discount off the MSRP of $280.00. Sizes XS to XL are in still in stock.
Bonus: The Off-White Short Sleeve Henley
Seems like a simple enough shirt. The only tricky part is the shorter, two button placket. And you’d be surprised how many Henley’s out there do not have a shorter, two button placket ….
Silver Jeans Co. Kaleo Short Sleeve Henley in Warm White: on sale for $23.80
Luckily there are a few models out there with the collar we want. And they’re affordable! This 60% cotton/40% polyester shirt from Macy’s is one example. You can also check out their Alfani Soft Touch Stretch Henley in Bright White, currently on sale for $13.99. AJB007 forum member Paperbill suggested that one.
Lucky Brand Linen Henley Tee in Bright White: on sale for $35.55
This is a three button Henley. But the placket is still pretty short so the style comes close to Bond’s shirt. The fabric is a 40% cotton, 36% polyester, 24% linen blend. And it has a straight hem, so it’ll look good untucked. Zappo’s has sizes small to XXL in stock.
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