Letter jacket, a right of passage

I’m glad that it’s still a big deal for high school students to get a Letterman’s Jacket. I love seeing students come in with mom or dad to be fitted for their jacket or mom and dad buying one as a surprise birthday or Christmas gift. While many rites of passage and traditions have gone by the wayside in recent times, earning a Varsity letter and getting a Letterman’s jacket or sweater is not one of them.

Now that school and fall sports are in full swing, many high school athletes and students are well on their way to earning a letter for a specified level of participation or performance on a varsity athletic team, in marching band, or in other performance school-sponsored activities. The cloth letter that is awarded is usually the school’s initial or initials and this practice dates back to 1865 when the Harvard baseball team added an Olde English “H” as their first varsity letter.

For many years, letter sweaters as seen in television shows and movies about the 50’s, were a predecessor to letter jackets. These pullover v-neck or full button front style sweaters have been largely replaced by jackets in the last 40 years or so. The jackets feature a wool body with either leather, naugahyde or all wool sleeves with banded wrists and waistband. Letter jackets are usually produced in the school colors with the body of the jacket in the school’s primary color and sleeves in the secondary color.

There are many other options available to put on the jackets. Some students keep it simple with just the award letter on the left chest and their name embroidered on the right chest. Others choose to have their name embroidered on the back or choose chenille letters to spell it out. Year of graduation, position, and number can be added to the sleeves. Various other patches are often added such as
region or state championship and academic awards.

Letterman’s jackets or sweaters are a great and practical way to recognize and proudly display academic and athletic accomplishments. We have a knowledgeable and experienced staff to fit your child and guide you to order and decorate their jacket or sweater to their liking. We also have a full time seamstress on staff.

Loving that some traditions never die,
Beth
Sales Associate & Buyer