Letter Jackets

Become a part of history

Nothing completes the high school experience like a letter jacket! At Pummill’s we want to make your letter jacket experience as simple as possible. We have several pre-defined jackets for local schools, which you can order online. We can also build a custom letter jacket, just give us a call and we can help you build the jacket of your dreams.

We feel the ordering process should be simple and as inexpensive as possible.  We require no minimums to order, 1 item or 100 items. However, many of our products do have a discount for quantity purchases. If you want a custom design, we can match virtually any design that you have.

We feel that shipping of your product should be as fast as possible. We usually ship letterman jackets in 3-4 weeks. Shipment time is determined by how complex your order is and the time of the year.

All items are made especially to your specifications and we want you to be happy. Happy and satisfied customers have been the lifeblood of our 40 year business. Above all we want the product to be the best quality possible, we may not have the lowest price but our quality will rank at the top. Your student athlete is probably making a once in a lifetime purchase and we want that to be an excellent experience.

Over the years we have shipped products to China, Hong Kong, England, Spain, France, Russia, Mexico, Yugoslavia, Romania, Germany, Puerto Rico, Guam and many others. We have also shipped to all 50 states.


Varsity jackets trace their origins to letter sweaters, first introduced by the Harvard University baseball team in 1865. The letter was usually quite large and centered (if the sweater was a pullover); stripes on one sleeve designated the number of letters won, with a star indicating a team captain.

A letter jacket is a jacket traditionally worn by high school and college students in the United States to represent school and team pride as well as to display personal awards earned in athletics, academics or activities. Letter jackets are also known as “varsity jackets” and “baseball jackets” in reference to their American origins.

The body of the jacket is usually boiled wool and the sleeves of leather with banded wrists and waistband. Letter jackets are usually produced in the school colors with the body of the jacket in the school’s primary color and sleeves in the secondary color. Although sometimes, the colors of the Jacket may be customized to a certain extent by the student. There could be cases where a student could change the color so much that it doesn’t differentiate too much from school colors. They usually feature a banded collar for men or a hood for women.


The letter jacket derives its name from the varsity letter chenille patch on its left breast, which is almost always the first letter or initials of the high school or college the jacket came from. The letter itself can also be custom fitted to the particular sport or activity.

The name of the owner usually appears either in chenille or is embroidered on the jacket itself. The owner’s graduation year usually appears in matching chenille. Placement of the name and year of graduation depends on school tradition. The year is most often sewn on the right sleeve or just above the right pocket. The school logo and symbols representing the student’s activities may also be sewn on the jacket.

Lettermen who play on a championship team often receive a large patch commemorating their championship that is worn on the back of the jacket.

Lettermen who participate in a sport in which medals are awarded often sew the medals onto their jackets to display their accomplishments.