Prince Charles in Papua New Guinea, 1984
Like many of menswear's stalwarts, the safari jacket began life as a military garment. Typically constructed from lightweight dill cotton and featuring epaulettes, a belted waist and four bellows pockets, the style first appeared on the British Armed Forces in the tropics during the late nineteen century.
Fast-forward over 150 years and the garment has become beloved for its combination of classic and casual style. Gracing the backs of some of menswear's enduring icons (Clark Gable, Yves Saint Laurent and Roger Moore were all fans) and becoming the clothing de rigueur on the African Savanna have helped the piece to achieve a longevity which spans three different centuries. Though the style has been re-imagined countless times, nostalgic notions of days spent hunting big game remain inseparable from the jacket's design DNA.