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Chester Barrie

The Navy Wool Ottoman Blazedo

£750

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Half blazer, half tuxedo, the Blazedo obliterates conventional dress codes and steals the hearts of helpless women in equal measure.

The story

Named as such because it straddles the line between a blazer and a tuxedo jacket, the Blazedo is a hybrid garment of exceptional quality. Here is a jacket you can wear to a black tie affair as easily as you can with a breton stripe T-shirt and jeans.

The trick behind this versatility is the combination of curvaceous shawl lapels, which are normally reserved for the sharpest of dinner jackets, with perfectly proportioned patch pockets - the most casual of tailored pocket styles and a two-button front, finished with glorious ground smoked mother of pearl buttons, made exclusively for Chester Barrie.

This creates a jacket filled with intriguing, contemporary design contrasts but which is nonetheless unified by the rich texture of it's beautiful horizontal wool ottoman fabric, woven especially for this project by the king of Italian woollen mills, Vitale Barberis Canonico.