Smoking jackets have origins in the sixteenth-century spice trade, when silk dressing robes flowed into Europe along the Silk Road. They were worn around the house at night for comfort. When smoking became fashionable in the mid-seventeenth century, these dressing robes evolved into smoking jackets, which were meant to absorb the smell of smoke and protect clothes from burning ash. In 1852, the Gentleman’s Magazine defined a smoking jacket as "a kind of short robe de chambre, of velvet, cashmere, plush, merino, or printed flannel; lined with bright colors, ornamented with brandenbourgs, olives, or large buttons." After dinner, men would retire to the smoking room to enjoy cigars and brandy in their smoking jackets. To this day, smoking jackets symbolize dapper leisure—a dedication to comfort and pleasure with no loss of sophistication. To take part in this esteemed tradition, peruse the vast inventory of smoking jackets found on eBay.