Gun Club Check Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Parker, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I really like gun club checks. The smallish check pattern looks varied and interesting at the surface but also somewhat simple and uniform at a distance. I think gun check makes a great sport coat for either the "city" or the "country" depending on color, pattern and finish. It also somehow reminds me of my grandfather which is good. This cloth probably says "old man" to me more than any other. Anyway this is an appreciation thread for other fans of the gun club or district checks in general.

    I'm sure one of the resident experts can give us more info on these checks, but here's a little blurb about gun clubs from Ben Silver: A Scottish District Check which lost its original name. Like the Shepherd Check but alternating black with red-brown, it was originally The Coigach from the Ullapool area in the west of Scotland. Around 1874 it was adopted by an American shooting club as their livery, and the name changed.

    And a more in-depth article about Scottish District Checks from American Fabrics magazine in 1949:
    http://www.gypsywearvintage.com/checks.htm

    Not sure if these are all technically gun checks or if a gun check has to be brown-red, but here are a few examples I like:

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  2. fcuknu

    fcuknu Senior member

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    Thank god new york has strict gun club laws.
     


  3. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Senior member

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    I agree that I enjoy a nice Gun Club, but for whatever reason I'm very particular about them. Far and away the best I've seen for my taste is the LL Gun Club. The colors are bold yet autumnal and the checks are a bit larger than most. Michael Alden is actually making a similar version in the upcoming months which I am greatly looking forward to seeing.
     


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    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    This one looks more like houndstooth than Gun Club Check, but perhaps I am misinformed. I like all of the ones you posted.

    Here is one from the Glorious Twelth book that I like, I have noticed there are some good ones in the Solway book, though I have not seen them in person. Edit: This may be more Shephard's check than Gun Club, I am sure someone knows. Photo courtesy of Andrew Rogers:


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  5. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hmm, yes I think you're right, I can see the teeth on that one now.
     


  6. gdl203

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    I am a big fan. I've tried some more spring/summer checks like the last one in the OP (gnatty has the same Isaia coat I have) and can't seem to make it work as well as the fall/summer ones.
     


  7. EL72

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    I am a big fan. I've tried some more spring/summer checks like the last one in the OP (gnatty has the same Isaia coat I have) and can't seem to make it work as well as the fall/summer ones.

    I think you have this same Zegna jacket (from Ed) [​IMG] I think it's a gun check and it's [​IMG]

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  8. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    This one looks great to me, but IIRC it's like 8oz--who the hell decided that one?
     


  9. gdl203

    gdl203 Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I think you have this same Zegna jacket (from Ed) [​IMG] I think it's a gun check and it's [​IMG]

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    Exactly. One of my very favorite coats
    This one looks great to me, but IIRC it's like 8oz--who the hell decided that one?
    It's a spring/summers check, isn't it?
     


  10. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    There's a Scabal gunclub swatch in a silk-wool mix that has my name all over it.
     


  11. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    It's a spring/summers check, isn't it?

    It's got three shades of brown, which doesn't say "summer" to me. But what do I know--I just know I like the pattern and would prefer it to be 11oz...
     


  12. gdl203

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    It's got three shades of brown, which doesn't say "summer" to me.
    I only see two browns but it doesn't really matter. The base of the cloth is a light yellowish tan (at least on my monitor) and the overcheck is a light blue. It is probably a different cloth but I have an Isaia with very similar colors and it definitely looks like a sunny weather coat. Which would also explain the weight.
     


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    This is great![​IMG]
     


  14. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I prefer 2 and 4 of the fabrics referenced. Pattern size is very important - too large looks cartoonish, too small looks slick (ie - Nordstroms variety).
     


  15. voxsartoria

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    ...too large looks cartoonish, too small looks slick...

    As you can see, I am able to exercise considerable self-control.


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