Tuxedo or smoking jacket
The required decorum of a 19th century British gentlemen managing his guests’ sense of smell meant that the smoking jacket was originally worn exclusively in the smoking room. Seduced by the garment, the American James Potter transgressed the rule and in 1886 wore this jacket with its satin lapels to the Tuxedo Club in New York. He popularised the use of its new name. Completed with braided trousers, a plastron shirt and a bow tie, in the 20th century this ensemble became the signature attire for men frequenting casinos and cocktail parties, or her Majesty’s Secret Services, like James Bond.
Lanificio F.LLI Cerruti
The House of Cerruti was born in 1881 in the Piedmont town of Biella, at the foot of the Alps and on the banks of the Cervo, a river of pure water to which the Italian draper owes the softness and finesse of its fabrics. Equally reputed for the impeccable drop of its productions and the high quality of its Australian wool, Lanificio F.lli Cerruti has developed a number of exceptional fabrics exclusively for De Fursac, such as the Super 130’s, the Super 150’s AAAAA and the Turbo 180. This combination of cutting edge technology and artisanal savoir-faire provides the cement to a long-term partnership, woven over the meetings between two companies with shared exacting standards.