With fall officially here, New Zealand’s Rodd & Gunn is offering the Jack Reacher Jacket for men. A modern update of the bomber, it’s a casual Harrington jacket made of imported Italian cotton, and it's PU-coated, understated and versatile. It’s guaranteed to “elevate weekend dressing when paired with canvas trainers, jeans and a T” and was also featured in the movie “Never Go Back,” as worn by Jack Reacher, aka Tom Cruise.

Since the vocabulary’s a bit different, a Harrington jacket is a waist-length jacket first made by British companies, PU coating is polyurethane for repelling rain and canvas trainers are sneakers. There’s a big difference, however, between Jack Reacher and Tom Cruise — about a foot.

Reacher is author Lee Child’s laconic loner hero, an ex-military police officer turned itinerant problem solver — or problem — in the Rambo tradition of damaged masculine goods. Reacher woke up one morning, and the uniform just didn’t fit, so now he stars in 20 novels where he never loses a fight, punishes the wicked who never get away for a sequel and is good at what he does. Also in movies with lines like this:

“One guy took 'em all down with his bare hands.”

“Purple Heart, Silver Star — you’re a legend.”

“I move around a lot.”

(Surrounded by six men) “You sure you want to do this?”

“I’m the guy you didn’t count on.”

“Maybe I’ll rip your arm off and beat you to death with it.”

“Start running, 'cause I’m gonna start hunting.”

“There’s a dent in the desk. They say you made it with someone’s head.”

Just think, gentlemen: All that uber-masculinity can be yours for only $348.

Start running.


Patricia Gannon covers society for the Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@theadvocate.com.

Bonaparte Fall Party

The Krewe of Bonaparte met at Le Pavilion for some elegant cocktails and mingling, the better to preview the coming Carnival season, jackets, caps and Mardi Gras memorabilia. “It’s going to be a great year and a great time,” said President and lady in red Rachel Comeaux. “We’re building eight new floats for a total of 23; we’re just getting rolling.” So was the 8 o’clock party, and kicking off Carnival was member No. 600, Joe Godchaux; Dr. Marc and Susan Saad; sharp-dressed Chris Lane; the beautiful and gifted Brooke Guilbeau; headed back to LSU Law School, soon-to-be-married party chairman Adam Judice; and Danielle Hines, who had the “it” dress. Royalty and court will be announced at a later date.

A Hard Day’s Night

Teams and coaches in town for the John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic grabbed a little R & R after a hard day’s play. “The tournament went really well today,” said UL-Lafayette men’s tennis coach Mark Jeffrey. “Jamie Fraser defeated the 4-seed Alex Sendegeya from Texas Tech. It was the highlight of the day.” Players and guests were rewarded with a City Club buffet and local color provided by the university’s own Angelle Aces, and availing themselves of the crawfish fettuccine and mini meat pies were LSU players Gabor Csonka and Rafael Wagner, a charming Salah Mansour, hardworking Renee Matamoros, sponsor Moss Motors and man of the hour Jamie Fraser from Sydney. “Definitely the biggest win of my college career so far,” said Fraser. “It’s unbelievable the quality of the other teams here. I called my parents at 3 in the morning.”

Going to the Dogs

Mill Pond Kennels put on its “Anything over Rice” cook-off, and it was doggone great. It featured live music, games, raffles — you name it — with all proceeds benefiting “The Rescued Abilities Project,” which trains rescued dogs to assist individuals with challenges. “I’m the one that does the reaching out,” said Sean Olivier, a veteran with a service dog. “We serve veterans, first responders, the autistic and those who need mobility assistance.” Needing no assistance whatsoever was Alexis Olivier, selling honey, dog biscuits and bee balm from local apiaries, and blacksmiths Billy “Not a Farrier” Bragg and David Bernard “The Younger” of the Louisiana Metalsmith Association, who were fired up for the cause, forge and all.