I wrote about the launch of J.Lindeberg’s Luxe Collection a few months ago. Since then, I received a few pieces from the collection, so I thought it would be good to revisit it now that I’ve had a chance to wear them. Plus, the Luxe Collection is absolutely perfect for this time of year and the pieces in the collection make great holidays gifts for golfers who care about their appearance on and off the course.
I really like J.Lindeberg Golf’s concept behind the Luxe. It is a capsule collection that is independent of its A/W14 Golf Collection. This gave designers the freedom to go outside the box to create a collection that is really unique to the world of golf apparel. The pieces in the collection are highly influenced by the high fashion side of the house, and the inspiration behind many of the looks has been pulled from the brand’s menswear lines. The result is a collection filled with luxurious fabrics and well-tailored pieces that work as well on urban streets as they do on the course. Slip on an outfit from JL’s Luxe Collection and no one will know you are actually wearing golf clothes. Not to mention, you can seamlessly move from the course to the office to a dinner on the town.
From top to bottom, the Luxe Collection is loaded with stylish pieces, but the Rake Jacket is the showcase piece in my opinion. I’ve been staring at this jacket and the thermometer for a couple of months now, just waiting for the temperatures to drop here in Cali. I finally got the chance to wear it out to dinner last week and three people stopped me to ask about it from the time I stepped out of the car until I was seated in the restaurant.
The camo pattern is totally on trend for the season, but what really separates the camo on the Rake Jacket from others we are seeing is that it is a tone-on-tone print. Not only does the tonal print add some texture, but it also adds a level of class and sophistication while maintaining a street edge.
The other unique characteristic of the Rake Jacket is the elegant blazer-inspired cut. This allows the Rake to be dressed up or dressed down. It looks as good paired with dark denim as it does with chinos and wool slacks. The Rake also has a very clean silhouette and I like that buttons on the sides (shown above) allow for a fuller or slimmer look through the body depending on whether I’m layering a sweater underneath or not.
Slip on the Rake Jacket for the first time and you’ll likely notice the same things I did. It has a thin layer of insulation that is incredibly warm and the polyester lining has a luxurious, silky feel. The copper-colored zipper (shown above) and badge on the left arm are sophisticated touches that complement the navy tonal camo well. The high collar protects the neck from a cold breeze and also allows a scarf to fit nicely under it. The two front pockets are perfect for stashing a pair of gloves and internal pockets are great for a phone.
While I see the Rake Jacket as an off-course piece, there are some playability features built into the design that would allow you to take it to the course on a cold day. The shoulder seams are gusseted (shown above) to allow for a full range of motion and two snaps on the tail (shown below) can be undone for increased mobility in the hips. Even if the Rake jacket never hits the fairways, these features only enhance its comfort on the street.
Sizing recommendation: Size up. If you normally wear medium in outerwear, go with a large.
The Roberto Polo would be a classy addition to any golfers wardrobe, especially for players who bring a classic, sophisticated look to the course. I’ve worn the Roberto mainly in off course situations, but recently wore it for a round and wish I had worked it into my on-course rotation sooner. The light gauge cotton pique is not only incredibly soft, but it also offers great breathability and airflow, along with just the right amount of stretch for playability.
The button-down collar is pure class and adds to the sophisticated aesthetic. The sleeves hit at the top part of the biceps, which is a bit shorter than with most polos on the market, but I like having the freedom of movement through the arms and shoulders that the shorter sleeves offer. The Roberto is another versatile piece from J.Lindeberg Golf’s Luxe Collection that can be paired with virtually any style of pants.
Sizing recommendation: Size up. If you normally wear a medium in polos, go with a large.
Loren Crewneck Sweater
The Loren crewneck epitomizes what J.Lindeberg’s Luxe Collection is all about: the diamond pattern offers a modern spin on the traditional argyle print and the contrasting cuffs and hems are subtle yet stylish details. The crewneck style reflects the latest knitwear trend in menswear, while and the merino wool/silk blend is a great example of the refined fabrics found in the Luxe.
In addition to the Rake Jacket, Roberto Polo and Loren Sweater, J.Lindeberg’s Luxe Collection also features bomber-style jackets, button-down dress shirts, cardigans, shawl collar sweaters and wool trousers.