Sunday’s Statements

Today is a little different for Sunday’s Statements.  Thanks to my friends, Mike Hadgis, I am featuring the green Master’s jacket as my Sunday Statement because the jacket is made in Cincinnati.  For the last three decades, Hamilton-Tailoring Co has made this traditional green blazer worn by the Masters winner.   

Behind the green jacket

  • It’s the classic three-button style, single-breasted and center-vented.
  • Made of tropical-weight wool (about 2 ½ yards per jacket) from Forstmann Co. mill in Dublin, Ga.
  • That brilliant rye green: Pantone 342.
  • Estimated cost to make: $250. (Although no club spokesperson will confirm this publicly.)
  • Made exclusively since 1967 by Hamilton Tailoring Co. of Cincinnati.
  • Logo-stamped brass buttons made by Waterbury Button Co. of Cheshire, CT. Breast-pocket patch made by A&B Emblem Co. in Weaverville, N.C.
  • The owner’s name is stitched on a label inside.
  • The winner doesn’t keep the presentation jacket he wears on Sunday – he’s later given a custom-made version to keep.
  • Tournament officials watch as leaders emerge in the final round and try to have a few appropriate sizes on hand.
  • Sometimes they guess wrong. Jack Nicklaus was given a ridiculously big 46-long in 1963, which he said “looked like an overcoat.” When Nicklaus came back a year later, the club still had not made a jacket that fit, so he borrowed one from former N.Y. governor Tom Dewey, a club member. Nicklaus eventually ordered one himself from Hart, Schaffner and Marx in 1972.
  • After a year, the winner must bring the jacket back to Augusta National and never wear it outside the club again. But there have been exceptions. Gary Player got into a heated exchange in 1961 with Cliff Roberts after he mistakenly left his jacket in South Africa.
  • Sam Snead was the first Masters champion to get a green jacket, in 1949, to make him an honorary member. It was then awarded to all past champions retroactively.
  • The original purpose of the green jacket, as envisioned by Cliff Roberts, was to identify club members as “reliable sources of information” to visiting non-members – and to let waiters know who got the check at dinner.
  • Traditionally, last year’s winner presents the jacket to the new champion at the tournament’s end.

XO,

Hillary

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