The Madison jacket is created from a navy gabardine cotton. The weave is very tight and the treatment of the fibres give it a smooth look with a hint of natural sheen. Gabardine cloth was developed for the trenches of WWI in an effort to replace the heavy wool overcoats that held moisture and dirt rendering them inefficient. Lightweight but strong cotton gabardine proved to be superior and went on to become the foundation of early sport’s clothing. In particular fishing because a wayward hook would not catch on the flat gabardine surface as it would with a fibrous wool.
The Madison jacket is a very forgiving and wearable garment. The strong, durable cotton gabardine lends a utilitarian note to a jacket which is ultimately practical against wind and rain. The shoulder is made soft by the manipulation of pattern panels that run from the neck seam and down the sleeve creating an inverted ‘T’ shape. Much like a raglan sleeve it follows the shoulder’s curves rather than the more defined, angular shaping of an inset sleeve. The top pockets are also of interest as they sit flush with the body rather than sitting on top like a traditional ‘patch’ pocket.