Our ever-expanding Games family welcomes a new addition this week: the Games Blazer Mk. IV. As with all members of this family of garments, the Mk. IV is defined by a specific sensibility: one that, in an earlier time, may have been referred to as ‘sportswear.’ Today, we associate that word with performance gear and synthetic fabrics, but in the first half of the 20th century, sportswear was a wholly different affair. You had ‘sport shirts’ (what we would now call a button-down oxford shirt), and sport coats (tailored odd jackets, often tweed). By the standards of the times, these pieces were seen as informal, practical and hardwearing, yet they undeniably possess a certain elegance.
That’s what we’ve aimed for with our Games series. There’s a sporty, active, light-hearted aspect (hence the name), but they’re rooted in classic tailoring. The Mk. IV is no different. Essentially, it is a variation on the theme of the original Games Blazer, the Mk. I. It’s a simple, single-breasted jacket with no lining or structure. Where the Mk. IV differs from the Mk. I is, firstly, in its pockets. The Mk. IV (in line with its name) has not one, not two, but four patch-flap pockets on its front, lending it that sense of hardiness which suffuses the collection as a whole.