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Here we have the Orlebar Brown Piped Towelling Blouson Jacket inspired by James Bond in A View to a Kill. This was kindly gifted to me by Orlebar Brown as part of their promotional campaign for the James Bond celebration collection. If you click on any picture of me wearing the jacket it will take you direct to the Orlebar Brown site.
What Is Towelling?
If you look closely at your bathroom towels you’ll notice small loops in the yarn in the pick and normal chain. Depending on the quality the loop should be prominent and the fabric will be soft to the touch. I’ve done my best to get a close up of the Orlebar Brown towelling blouson in the picture below.
Learn more about the relationship between Orlebar Brown and James Bond in the book From Tailors With Love: An Evolution of Menswear Through the Bond Films, available on Amazon.
How it’s made
If you’re interested in purchasing any towelling for your own patterns or garment making, I’ve stumbled across a site called My Fabrics. The most expensive yarn will set you back as much as 25.75 GBP a Metre. Someone has put together an interesting video on the Terry Towel Weaving technique.
The Original James Bond Track Suit
The description of the original velour tracksuit is listed on the Christies site where it sold for auction for a staggeringly-low 470 GBP. It is listed as thus below.
And the original?
The original was supplied for James Bond by Fila. Fila arean Italian sporting goods company now owned by a company in South Korea. They are still selling tracksuits for around 70GBP, though haven’t gotten anything resembling the original piece. You can check out my unboxing video that shows you how the garment arrives here. It also features a cameo from David Zaritsky from The Bond Experience.
The Fit Of The Orlebar Brown Blouson Jacket
I’m a size 37′ chest, I’m around 5’7 tall on a good day. I got the size small and I think this is a snug fit, but a perfect fit for my frame. The Jacket is available still (one size left on the website) for 295 GBP but I expect it will sell out very quickly. You can find a review of the pleated dress shirt from On her Majesty’s Secret Service on our YouTube Channel.
How to wash towelling
UPDATE: Ten months on. I did my first wash of this jacket and it’s came out rather well I think. It’s kept its shape and colour. Catch the full video (only a couple of minutes) here.