Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Sean Connery’s Brown Herringbone Suit

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Though far removed from Bond, one of Sean Connery’s most memorable characters is Professor Henry Jones, Sr. from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). As would be expected from a professor, he wears a tweed suit and bow tie. The three-piece suit is made out of a brown and cream herringbone tweed. The jacket is cut with a button two front, straight shoulders with roped sleeve heads, and a relaxed fit. The gorge is low but the button stance is high. Detailing the jacket are swelled edges, flapped pockets with a ticket pocket, and three-button cuffs. There are no vents, as this was most common in 1938 when the film takes place. The jacket is lined in brown silk and, according to an auction listing from Bonhams, is trimmed with brown plastic buttons.

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The waistcoat has a button six front, and Connery fastens all the buttons. The waistcoat has four pockets; the top two are welted pockets and the bottom two are flapped. There is an extra hole for a pocket watch chain, though Connery has his pocket watch attached to a cloth strap. The back matched the jacket lining. The trousers have a plain front with plain bottoms. Costumiers Bermans & Nathans tailored the suit and its many copies.

Connery’s shirt is off white with subtle white pencil stripes. It has a spread collar and square double cuffs, closed with round gold cuff links. He wears a navy diamond-end bow tie with a pattern of small, light brown circles. The shoes are burgundy punch-cap toe oxfords.

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One accessory that Professor Jones wears is something Bond would never need, glasses, and frameless glasses at that. And last there is the hat. It is a tweed bucket hat in a black and brown tooth check, woven in a broken twill weave. It is lined in a light brown quilted material, and there are two short bands of elastic sewn into the back for a comfortably snug fit. Professor Jones wears the hat with the brim turned down all the way around.

An example of this suit, sans waistcoat, along with the hat sold at Bonhams on 6 March 2007 for £26,400. Another example of the hat sold at Prop Store on 23 September 2015 for £4,000 .

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Bond wore glasses in the World Is Not Enough as part of a disguise and a gadget. He didn't actually need them.

  2. Nice. You should write about menswear for movies in general, even if they're completely unrelated to Bond (you could start a new blog for this).

  3. TheGarethJones, I've seen this type of hat called a trilby in many places, which is why I used the term. Is a grouse hat just less rigid than a trilby? The grouse hats I've seen didn't have a dent like in Connery's here. But isn't a grouse hat really just a type of trilby?

  4. Thanks so much for the details concerning the dress of this iconic character. Being a man of about the right age, having a grey beard, and wearing glasses, and tall, this character is a good fit for me to cosplay. The exact colour of the suit is the very devil to ascertain, as it looks different in every photo, ranging from a chocolate brown to light grey. Thanks for the details about the waistcoat, which I will have made. Note in one of the photos above the waistcoat appears to be a slightly more taupe-ish colour than the rest of the suit. The hat is difficult, appearing to be cut like an Irish “walking hat” which has a higher and more conical crown than a British “bucket hat”. The closest hats, in shape, I have found are certain Harris Tweed hats variously called (by different firms) trilby, walking, stalking, fishing, and Elgin. Also very similar in shape is the Eske hat by Hanna Hats of Donegal. PS you may want to mention and/or show a photo of the character’s lovely vintage leather suitcase with straps, and umbrella.

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