Martin’s illusiveness was not planned, but it is something that draws the majority of people towards his incredible work. It gives the viewer the ability to view the clothes for what they are without the presence of an image. His ability to produce garments that leave the viewer amazed continued throughout his career.
A story behind a garment makes it more special and here is no exception. The original owner of this piece became friends with Martin in 2004, when he was a frequent visitor at Saville Row to have his suits bespoke-made from Brian Russell. The subsequent owner met Martin who then proposed to create two corduroy suit jackets for him, to which he, of course, agreed. This therefore makes the piece the only one in existence, its rarity is unmatched in an already scarce market.
This handmade jacket is constructed in a thick dark blue vintage corduroy throughout, the Cupro lining is hand-stitched in to showcase the reworked technique that went into the making. A deconstructed cut-off collar is left as a raw hem and visible fraying around the neckline. The usual lapel has been completely reworked to lay flat and buttoned across, creating a Japanese style closure. The buttons are made out of brown vintage treated wood. Three pockets cover the face of the jacket; one chest pocket and two flap lower pockets. Three pockets also feature on the inside with one on each side and one placed on the lower left.