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The Official Tweed Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SpooPoker, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. OlSarge

    OlSarge Well-Known Member

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    We've still two or three days before tweed season really gets underway. There will be a short 'Santa Ana' condition and the highs today through Monday will either approach or exceed 90F. However, next week the cooling will definitely come. I'm already thinking about a new pair of moleskin or corduroy trousers to wear with my tweed jackets. I might even want some more tattersall shirts . . .
     
  2. SBear

    SBear Well-Known Member

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    Ha! We have snow on the mountain tops and a dusting in the yard yesterday. The tweeds came out weeks ago here!
     
  3. tattoodobem

    tattoodobem Well-Known Member

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    People are wearing t-shits here. 27celsius / 80F here. And yes it's fall

    No tweeds for me
     
  4. cptjeff

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    Nearly 90F here in DC. I'm tired of this crap already, give me fall!
     
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    81 in San Francisco. San Francisco!
     
  6. jaywhyy

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    Pretty ridiculous Indian summer coupled with an unusually chilly summer
     
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  8. OlSarge

    OlSarge Well-Known Member

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    Like the Southwick . . .

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  9. MZhammer

    MZhammer Well-Known Member

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    Gentlemen, any thoughts on this article? Looking for constructive criticism ideas etc.
    http://noblecustom.com/style/tweed-noble-fabric/

    It might be a little sacrilegious in the "how to wear" tweed as it's a bit more modern interpretation but I'd like to get some feedback.

    Tweed – A Noble Fabric

    It’s autumn again and that brings with it visions of crisp apples, foliage displays rendered in brilliant hues and, for the gentleman, visions of tweed. Tweed is one of those iconic fabrics that, unless you’re in a tropical climate, you owe it to yourself to try. It’s a hard wearing fabric that looks as great on a quail shoot as it does in an office. It has recently come back en-vogue, partly because of help from dandified brands like Phineas Cole, but tweed has always had a place in the refined gentleman’s wardrobe.
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    A Brief History
    Tweed seems almost as old as the Scottish and Irish isles themselves; it’s an organic fabric that looks like it’s been cultivated straight from the earth. The origins of tweed suggest that it was woven by farmers to combat the dank, cold climate that permeates the islands and to stand up to the heavy wear of their daily lives. The clothes were used to work in, hunt in, and relax in and, as such, they reflected their myriad of uses. Tweed was woven using thick, coarse fibers in colors and patterns that reflected the local flora and fauna, resulting in the earthy characteristics we associate with it today. As time progressed, tweed also became decorative, resulting in patterns and what were known as clan tartans – specific patterns, often plaids, worn only by members of the same family regardless of location.
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    According to a widely held belief, the name “tweed” is the result of a copying error, not named after the “tweed valley.” As the story goes, a London cloth merchant misspelled the Scottish word tweel (or as Americans would say, twill) as tweed. His error stuck, and the twilled fabric was dubbed tweed.

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    I like it, I felt like I learned some stuff. Keep it up!
     
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  13. OlSarge

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    Not too bad though I personally prefer the 'natty professor' style. Not surprising, as for a while I was one. Trying to be too fashion forward with tweed would be, I fear, subject to derision. It's a traditional thing. Be traditional. Enjoy.
     
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  14. Jonny Foy

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    These might not be too infernal with silk or satin lining:
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  15. Gbg brouge

    Gbg brouge Well-Known Member

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    Getting ready to order my first tweed jacket. I'm choosing between Tweed Addict and Mears Bespoke, what's your take on them?
     
  16. velomane

    velomane Well-Known Member

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    I am awaiting a Mears jacket this week. When it shows up I'll post pics with a report. As for Tweed Addict, I inquired about the construction of one of the jackets they had on sale. Here is the reply I received: "The jacket has a fused construction. We do offer fully canvassed jackets for our made to measure. I wouldn't use a fused construction with a fine suiting cloth, but for tweeds like this is doesn't seem so important"

    I'm relatively new to the tweed thing, but I was immediately turned off by the fused construction. If my judgement is in error, someone, please let me know.
     
  17. OlSarge

    OlSarge Well-Known Member

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    Fusing has a terrible reputation among the iGentry but more technologically educated folk within the trade consider the hue and cry overstated. Yes, when fusing came out right after WWII it was pretty nasty but consider how much improvement there has been in other new technologies that have come out since then. No, fusing will not ever replace fine canvassing, at least in the foreseeable future. However, the fact that a jacket is fused should not always generate disgust and revulsion. You have to personally examine the product, try it on, and such. If you can afford to experiment, get one, have it altered and wear it for a while. You may decide to be a purist and that's fine. However, if you can get a good-looking, reasonably priced jacket that fits and wears well but just happens to be fused how are you damaged?
     
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  18. SBear

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  19. Spaghettimatt

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    I've got one tweed so far - a dark grey herringbone. I'm wanting to commission a second. Any suggestions? I was thinking brown (no pattern) patch pocket with leather "football" buttons.
     
  20. Gbg brouge

    Gbg brouge Well-Known Member

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    Quote: Will be looking forward to your report on Mears. I've been in contact with them and they give prompt replies and I think they reflect genuine care for the customer.
    Tweed Addict hasn't responded yet...
     
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