Raglan Sleeves

Raglan Sleeves

This winter season, you will find a lot of raglans in our collection. A raglan sleeve is a type of sleeve whose distinguishing characteristic is to extend in one piece fully to the collar, leaving a diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone giving the garment a relatively undefined look.

Picture from Tailor and Cutter 1939

It is named after Lord Raglan, who is said to have worn a coat with this style of sleeve after the loss of his arm in the Battle of Waterloo. The Raglan sleeve was invented by coat producer Aquascutum for Lord Raglan to allow him room to use his sword in battle. It gave greater movement to the wearer, instead of the usual sleeve head which was prefixed.

The raglan mid-length sleeve is also a popular undergarment (worn under the jersey) for baseball teams in the United States. We also made a sweater version.

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