A raglan sleeve is a sleeve that extends in one piece to the collar, thus leaving a diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone. The raglan sleeve was first introduced by Aquascutum, who had to make a coat for Lord Raglan, the 1st Baron Raglan. Lord Raglan wanted more room to use his sword in battle. The raglan sleeve allowed him greater movement than the usual prefixed sleeves.
Founded in 1851 by John Emary, Aquascutum (‘water shield’ in Latin) is a high quality menswear manufacturer, mostly know for its coats made of waterproof wool. Famous clients include the Princes of Wales, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Sir Winston Churchill, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, Cary Grant, and Michael Caine. Since April 2012 Aquascutum is owned by YGM Trading, a Chinese fashion retailer.
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