Ponte fitted jacket

In the early 1970s, Nancy and Arthur Delaney, together with Geoff Rendell opened a new business, Puritan, in premises on Graham Street in central Auckland. This Puritan jacket is made from ponte - a double knit material that is two stocking stitch knitted fabrics which have been joined together back to back in the knitting process. This gives the cloth a double face and reduces its stretch qualities but increases its stability which makes it suitable for more structured clothing such as jackets and pants. While it can be knitted in various yarns and weights this example is in wool and has a sturdy structure. The closely fitted jacket takes advantage of ponte's qualities. It is tailored while the material allows for ease of movement.


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Dominique de Give
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Nancy Delaney
Manufacturing location: Graham Street, Auckland
Garment type: Jacket
Material: Wool
Features: It is unlined and the waist shaping is created using panels which are top stitched and become a design feature. It has patch pockets so the garment finish is uncluttered inside and out
Colour: Black
Label: Puritan
Date: Circa 1978