Originally Posted by seer
Yes the Cabourn line is excellent. I like what Woolrich Woolen and Engineered Garments offer but they are often slim fitting. I have owned Trickers, Viberg and Whites Semi Dress - all great. Right now I'm looking into the British made William Lennon boots - they are a great deal for the price. I haven't purchased the Surgeons jacket yet but I did speak to them - it is made in Ireland.
Thanks for responding!
True they can be on the slim side, though that works for me, as I usually can size up and get a jacket to my proportions that way. Pants I usually get from other sources anyways, and have found good tweeds and wool twills from Orvis and Bills khakis, though the Woolrich pants I have are not overly slim.
Thanks for the William Lennon recommendation. I just may have to give them a try. I wish the surgeons jacket came in a lighter color. I have a charcoal tweed coat already.
Another brand that may be of interest is Arpenteur, which is all made in France and inspired by 20s-50s work clothes. I almost had a pair of tweed pants from them, but unionmade ran out of stock before they shipped, so I can't speak from experience about them.
Since you mention Johnson and Bemidji woolen mills products, you might like these guys: Spirit Horse. Apparently they started by making US Civil War clothes for reenactments, but they also make vests, pants and jackets. Small business, and all made by them in Idaho. http://www.ccsutlery.com/store/ranch-wool-vests.html
Another one is Heirloom Brand. They make Old West clothing in the US, but if you look past the spurs and tall hats, a lot of their stuff fit into this style when paired properly. And since they are intended for reenactment types, the prices are pretty reasonable for what you're getting. I especially like their Mackinaw coats, and the 'suit coat' looks a lot like the Cabourn small lapel coat. http://www.riverjunction.com/Mens-Fashions_c_7.html
You may like the archival clothing blog http://archivalclothing.com/blog/
from what I can tell it's a woman with a love of classic mens work and sportswear. She does tend to like all things retro, but she has several postings of her visiting shops and factories that make this type of clothing. Plus all her pictures of men flying planes and climbing mountain in tweed suits might inspire some ideas.