The Paddock Jacket: A British Classic
The concept of sandwiching wadding between two layers of cloth and stitching together is not a new one. Quilted garments have been in existence since the middle ages, originally developed as undergarments worn with armour, and even as armour itself, quilting has always been used to add bulk and warmth to garments.
The first true paddock jacket was developed by an ex US serviceman who immigrated to the UK and created the jacket as an alternative to the field coat. They were quickly embraced by the equine community and became synonymous with stables and meets. Their popularity grew in the 1980’s such that members of the Royal Family, including the Queen adopted the style.
Key elements of the jacket are its short, slightly boxy shape, sturdy collar and simple but practical outer pockets. The clean lines of our paddock jacket make it eminently versatile and today it is seen as often in an urban environment over a city suit as in a livery yard.
Our paddock jackets are carefully made for us in England, in a variety of cloths, ranging from Loden, Microfibre and our signature House Check. An elegant neat cut with details such as contrast corduroy collar, superior trims and tattersall lining; they really are a unique piece of British workmanship.