The Ticket Pocket

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The ticket pocket, sometimes called a cash pocket, is the small pocket that is occasionally found above the right hip pocket on a jacket or coat. It follows the angle and style of the pocket below it. Ordinarily it is aligned with the front edge of the larger hip pocket below it, but some makers centre the ticket pocket above the hip pocket. The ticket pocket’s flap is shorter than the hip pocket’s flap is. The ticket pocket can be found on suit jackets, sports jackets and overcoats. It was originally only found on country suits and sports coats but, like slanted pockets, made its way to city clothes during the second half of the twentieth century. The position of the ticket pocket has made its way lower over the years. It is considerably higher on Sean Connery’s Anthony Sinclair jackets in Goldfinger than it is on Daniel Craig’s jackets in Quantum of Solace. The standard is for the top of the ticket pocket to be three inches above the top of the hip pocket.

Alan Flusser writes in Dressing the Man that the ticket pocket was “introduced in the late 1850s for a railroad ticket and used at intervals ever since.” Riccardo Villarosa and Guiliano Angeli have a more modern idea about the ticket pocket’s name that they write in The Elegant Man: “[It] is called a ticket pocket because it often holds bus tickets.” The ticket pocket is meant are for travelling tickets and not opera or theatre tickets. It is too informal to wear on suits that would be worn to the opera or the theatre. Other than travelling tickets, the pocket can be useful for any small item such coins, banknotes, receipts, papers, etc.

Ticket pockets are best avoided on shorter men since they break up the length of the jacket. They should also be avoided on heavier men since they add bulk to the waist.

Slanted pockets with a ticket pocket on Sean Connery's hacking jacket in Goldfinger. Notice that the ticket pocket has a smaller flap than the hip pocket and is placed high above it.
Slanted pockets with a ticket pocket on Sean Connery’s Anthony Sinclair hacking jacket in Goldfinger. Notice that the ticket pocket has a smaller flap than the hip pocket and is placed high above it.

James Bond has ticket pockets on a number of his suits and sports coats. Until Pierce Brosnan became Bond in the 1990s, Bond’s suits with ticket pockets were almost all sportier suits. The majority of Bond’s tweeds have ticket pockets, like the tweed hacking jackets in Goldfinger, Thunderball and A View to a Kill, the “reversible” tweed jacket in Octopussy and the tweed suits in Moonraker and The World Is Not Enough. The blazers in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (double-breasted) and The Spy Who Loved Me (single-breasted) also have ticket pockets. Apart from the tweed suits, many of Bond’s other sportier suits have ticket pockets, like the glen check suits in Goldfinger, On Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceDiamonds Are Forever and GoldenEye, the brown houndstooth check suit in Goldfinger and the grey flannel suit in Diamonds Are Forever.

Slanted pockets with a ticket pocket on Pierce Brosnan's charcoal worsted flannel suit in Tomorrow Never Dies
Slanted pockets with a ticket pocket on Pierce Brosnan’s charcoal worsted flannel Brioni suit in Tomorrow Never Dies

Starting in GoldenEye, many of James Bond’s worsted city suits have ticket pockets. Many of Pierce Brosnan’s worsted suits—three in GoldenEye, two in Tomorrow Never Dies, two in The World Is Not Enough and one in Die Another Day—have slanted pockets with a ticket pocket. Though this pocket style gives the Italian Brioni suits a decidedly more English look, it is really too sporty for business suits. Straight pockets with a ticket pocket or slanted pockets without a ticket are okay for a slight dandyish look on a business suit, but the combination of slanted pockets with a ticket pocket is too sporty for the city. Brosnan’s navy single-breasted overcoat in Die Another Day, like many of his suits, has slanted pockets and a ticket pocket.  Daniel Craig brought back ticket pockets—albeit straight—on all of his dark city Tom Ford suits in Quantum of Solace. Even the navy Tom Ford overcoat in Quantum of Solace has a ticket pocket, but it’s also straight.

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A ticket pocket on Daniel Craig’s brown nailhead Tom Ford suit in Quantum of Solace

6 COMMENTS

  1. I ask ever for ticket pocket in my sport coats an blazers,but in Italy is not very common.
    Said this,i note a difference in some feature between “modern” British and Italian suits.
    In British suits slanted pockets and ticket pockets are widespread,in Italy ticket pockets is see at times only on sport coats,and slanted pockets are very rare (i have on one brown corduroy coat,but not see well it on suit’s coat….i could attempt sometime,maybe on a glen plaid suit or on sportex).

  2. Very informative. I have an old herringbone tweed sports coat in a black and white weave that belonged to my father. It has the slanted pockets + ticket pocket that you discuss above. It also has a piece of fabric that extends from the collar in order to allow the wearer to put the collar up and fasten it. It’s a very warm jacket and always I enjoy wearing it around this time of year.

  3. It’s interesting to see that the ticket pocket emerged in 1850 as a necessity because of technology ie the train. A modern equivalent of this I suppose would be a lot of modern jackets having a lower, smaller inside pocket on the left side for mobile phones – a handy way of narrowing down how modern a second hand jacket is.

  4. Connery wears a grey glen check suit with slanted pockets including a ticket pocket.
    Apart from the slimming effect I find this look very dynamic and I don’t see why a modern day younger business man couldnt wear this.
    Did Sinclair implement the slanted ticket pocket because this was regarded as a more recreational suit (opposed to being a business suit)?

    And do you think that the design of this suit, one of the last ones of Connery’s Bond, was the model David Mason worked into their current Conduit Cut suits?

    • I think the Diamonds Are Forever suits served as the biggest inspiration because, despite the wide lapels, they are the closest suits to today’s fashions that Connery wore.

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