It’s often been said that every man wants to look like Cary Grant, while every man wants to be Clark Gable.
A few months ago Seraphic Secret was screening one of our favorite Gable-Harlow movies, China Seas, (1935) the story of a brassy dame, a gruff sea captain and piracy on the high seas.
For a good portion of the movie, Gable wears a distinctive jacket with roomy, gusseted pockets, bi-swing shoulders, and a half-belted back. During the 30’s this style of jacket was common. It has a wonderful chin-up military feel.
In vain, Seraphic Secret searched for such a jacket, but, alas, could not find one.
After a great deal of research we hired Enzo Caruso of Santa Monica, a talented, old-school tailor—Enzo doesn’t even use email—to make this jacket for yours truly.
Here’s my Gable inspired jacket, hand-tailored by the great Caruso.