A Norman Hilton Find – Plugging A Leak

I recently came across this beauty at a second-hand store:

Anyone who knows anything knows that vintage Norman Hilton is not something you pass up.  3/2 sack, heavy-duty weave, great color, and it fits like a glove.  Winner, winner, chicken dinner, right?

Upon further inspection, we’ve got a problem – the right elbow has worn through:

No way I’m going to let something like that deter me.  I found these suede patches for $11 shipped, and had my tailor sew them on.

…and after a cleaning, here we are:

I couldn’t be happier.  This is a great jacket with tons of life left, and the cut is exactly what I want – trim, but still a sack jacket, high armholes, and soft shoulders.  All for about $20.



  1. DTT
    01/04/2012 / 8:25 AM

    That’s a great coat. Nice save on the elbows. I wish I could find a Norman Hilton, but I’ll keep on looking. I’m taking it that Muse’s is no longer operating. Too bad, I remember it being a nice store.

  2. John Burton
    01/04/2012 / 9:00 AM

    Well done! Original owner kicking self?

  3. 01/04/2012 / 9:31 AM

    Well done!

    I shopped at Muse’s quite often in the ’80s. They handled Hickey Freeman, also. I don’t get downtown much anymore, but I believe the sign is still visible and that the top floors of the Muse’s building have been converted to loft apartments.

  4. 01/04/2012 / 10:56 AM

    I’m taking you shopping with me next time! What a find!

  5. B. L. Davis
    01/04/2012 / 9:37 PM

    Jealously is not harsh enough of a term! Great thrifting on your part!

  6. 01/05/2012 / 9:38 PM

    Stud. Great fix.

  7. Matt P
    01/05/2012 / 9:44 PM

    Such a great find. Those Norman Hiltons are amazing; wish I would happen across one in my size

  8. 01/07/2012 / 1:24 PM

    Great jacket. You are right. I could not have passed on that jacket, but I would not have been as creative with a solution as you. Well done.

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