Originally Posted by DLJr
Cross post from Ercoles thread, barleycorn tweed:
Gorgeous tweed and the jacket looks great. Would love to see more photos when its done.
Originally Posted by FillW
So, are the jackets I've bought that are 100% wool and look like some of the jackets in this thread all "tweed"? I've been pretty adamant about only getting 100% wool jackets but the above-mentioned jacket is the only one that was not 100% wool.
I have two jackets (thrifted) that look almost exactly like the "Barva" Harris Tweed jacket I have but fit way better and a brown herringbone jacket (all are 100% wool). I'll post pics of them when I get a chance to take a good pic.
I just want to know how to sort through all the stuff on Ebay, thrift store or whatever. I see a lot of jackets that look like some of the vintage tweed but are made of man-made materials.
Certain tweeds such as Harris and Shetland are legally protected terms and must be made from 100% pure new wool woven in that location.
Apart from that I'm not sure what point you're trying to make about not being able to tell a pure wool and a synthetic apart. Sure it may have a tweed-like pattern but the handle, touch and wearability would be vastly inferior. Polyester will also retain odour, whereas wool if aired will deodorise.
Bearing in mind that even in bespoke the cost of the materials including cloth is at most 20% of the total I do not understand why you would skimp on this element. It bodes very baldy for the rest of the garment.
As others have said why get a poly/wool jacket when the real thing is around. $6 is the worst money to spend if the end result is sub-par, it could have bought three or four real horn buttons to spruce up a decent wool jacket.