There has been an incredible buzz online around John Simons’ latest delivery of J. Keydge slack jackets – one it seems that has translated into real sales. Keydge is an odd brand. They make a number of deconstructed jackets that appear to be aimed at 65 year old French lotharios with Rod Stewart hair and sleeves pushed up. But then they also make the Ivy slack jacket, which is simple, lightweight, deconstructed. In a word sublime.
It’s also one of those jackets that looks better on than off. No one who tries one on can fail to buy one. When Paul Simons told me they were getting in corduroy and herringbone versions for Autumn I kept a sharp eye out, knowing from previous experience that John Simons sells out of medium sizes in days. Within minutes of them landing last week, I’d ordered a navy cord one. Then I saw the photo above on Film Noir Buff of the herringbone jacket. I wished I hadn’t.
I emailed Paul over the weekend to put one aside for me if they even had any left. Luckily there was one left in 50 (they come up larger than the cord or cotton version). I went into the store today to pick them up but then John told me they had olive cord as well. Damn. So that was it – three jackets in one day. The thing is, the cut and sizing fit me like no other jacket I’ve had and you simply cannot find them anywhere. Keydge is the kind of company that seems to go serially out of business, must have their PR department run by a guy who can’t use a computer and feature a website that only seems to sell last season’s oddments. There’s always been a motto chez Weejun and that is, if you see it buy it, because in our line of The Look, you probably won’t see it again.
The shop was buzzing today as well. Nice to finally meet Guy in there, dressed like a young Jack Lemmon. He was selling a French Keydge cord jacket to a Frenchman!
I told John I thought the shop had really come into its own now, after nearly a year. When it first opened there weren’t so many items I felt I needed to buy. Now, I was afraid to look around – great chinos, Pro Keds high tops, vintage leather jackets, Pike Bros N-1 Navy jackets, some great suits and some Grenfell cord covert coats to die for. Then there were the Florsheim Yuma in chocolate suede. I wouldn’t have thought I’d like them as much as the pebble grain, but they look very cool – Italian ivy.
Great to see John’s enthusiasm after all these years and Paul Simons has gone from being the understudy to being a new master. JSA goes from strength to strength indeed!
Sorry for the poor iPhone photos – left the Leica at home today…