Not to the U.S. they didn't. For years they had an exclusive importer who you could never get hold of unless you were a professional tailor. I welcome the day when I can afford to call them up (or order online) and have some of their stuff shipped. I mean, part cashmere, part vicuna tweed? Heaven in sleeves.
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Oh, it's deliberate. If you go on YouTube and look for Harris Tweed, there's a three part program by a British comic about tweed. He loves the stuff as much as we do and sets off on an expedition to have one 'bespoke' made out custom fabric. And it turns out to be both doable and no big deal. Expensive, of course, but doable. He went to the main Harris wool storehouse, picked out (with advice) the main, secondary and accent colors and then they were woven into twelve kilometers of thread. The thread went to a weaver who made it up and then the customer drove back south to London and gave the cloth to h is tailor. Three fittings later, voila'! A three-piece suit made from a cloth that no one else has ever had. Talk about custom? Yeah, baby.
Vic Reeves ... he is brilliant. : )
Yes, for my taste the patterns are a little too similar in type and scale, although tattersalls are classic with a tweed. The effect is made a bit worse by the similarity in colouring and the fact that you have no patterns anywhere else. I think that with any brownish tweed it's difficult to go wrong with a solid light blue shirt.
I think tweed jackets go well with denim generally (much as I would love to advise you to bust out the full rig with moleskins/cords, sweater vest, tie with little pheasants on etc.) - but perhaps here the jacket is a bit too fitted against the bagginess of the jeans.
Kai, I really like that herringbone and you look very warm indeed.
Ok, I'm wearing my dark brown vest, tucked in light blue larger check oxford with my guncheck sportcoat (and I found a burgundy tie with little pheasants on it amazingly enough in a thrift store, not wearing it though) today with my jeans.
I know I need to get darker and less baggy jeans but what are moleskins?
Moleskin is a type of soft flannel feeling cotton fabric that is kind of a British country specialty. It's super comfortable, quite warm and tough as iron. They used to make road menders' trousers out of the stuff. Not easy to find in the U.S. but it is around. I'll be changing into mine as soon as I get done putting a coat of oil on a chest of drawers I have out in the shop.