Menswear Named After Real Men: 10 Jackets, Shirts, and Hats With Surprising Etymologies

No one can live forever, but having a garment named in your honor ensures that, in a certain sense, you're still walking around years after your demise. Read on to learn the historical origins of your favorite closet staples.

What: The Garibaldi jacket

Who: Italian general and revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi

Why: Garibaldi became known as the "Hero of Two Worlds" after waging successful guerrilla campaigns in Brazil and Argentina, as well as in his native Italy in the 1840s. Unable to afford complete military uniforms, his force of volunteer soldiers became known as redshirts for their blousy crimson jackets—the same ones sported by slaughterhouse workers in Buenos Aires.

Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
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