In 2018, Patric Hollington chose to revisit the Dumont, an iconic jacket from his brand, by adding a zip. He wanted to design a chic flight jacket that would allow one to ride a bicycle and protect them from the wind while remaining elegant. He named this jacket in homage to the city of Nantes, whose architecture he loved, as well as the classical music festival La Folle Journée, and the seafood tasted on the terrace of the famous Cigale.
The outfits of Brazilian pilot Alberto Santos Dumont, who was short and used to wear short jackets to lengthen his figure, therefore inspired the basic cut. The length of this jacket stopping at the waist, it has a slightly plunging cut.
Patric chose the zip from Riri, Italian producers known for their excellence in detail. They are simply the best: very strong, they never get stuck. The zip stops a few inches from the bottom of the jacket for both aesthetic and practical reasons. On the one hand, it prevents the jacket from curving at the bottom; on the other hand, it frees up the mobility of the legs and makes it easier to sit – or pedal.
As with the back pleat, this is to allow great freedom of movement.
Would you be short or tall, the Nantes jacket is a right pick if you are looking for a simple, original design. In order to stick with the refined aesthetics of the hollington brand, it holds only two chest pockets. But no worries: inside are four zipped pockets to fit all of your essentials.
Its collar, now called ‘mao collar’ to make it standard, is actually an ‘officer’ collar. Is it high and lined with a narrow piece of canvas all around the neck.