Monday, September 28, 2009

the ticket pocket

ML friend nile asks valet magazine an intriguing question + gets a published  response

Why do some suit jackets or sport coats have a double pocket on one side? I've been seeing more of them lately, and I thought it was just a new trend, until I saw it on Mad Men.

That second smaller pocket, just above the right pocket on a jacket is referred to as a ticket pocket. And you're right, it's nothing new. Historically, it was a feature only found on "country suits," as its sole purpose was to conveniently store a train ticket. But once gents realized they could slip all sorts of handy things in there (from loose change to their cigars and a book of matches), that tiny pocket started being requested by bespoke clients for their darker, city suits as well. Today, they've become something of a mark of craftsmanship and style, akin to working buttons on your jacket's cuffs—not necessary, but sort of nice to have. Especially if you need a slim place to stash something.

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