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 raglan shirt
Who: FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, the first Baron Raglan
Why: After losing an arm at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the first Baron Raglan ordered a special shirt that could fit over his coat to hide his lost limb. The result—a shirt with sleeves that extended in a single piece up to the collar—is popularly referred to as a baseball or a raglan tee today.