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Harris Tweed for (mtm/bespoke suit) trousers?

Doc4

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I'm thinking of getting a Harris Tweed suit made up for me ... but the concern I have is that the material won't be suitable for pants. Sure, jackets and vests are fine, but I just see it wearing out way too soon in the pants to make this practical ... or am I mistaken.
 

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Originally Posted by Doc4
I just see it wearing out way too soon in the pants to make this practical

Wearing out? Isn't the whole point of tweed that it is very hard-wearing? What makes you think it would wear out quicker than any other suiting?
 

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I agree. Harris Tweed is like Teflon. Lasts forever. I have an overcoat that -- I kid you not -- was 55 years old on October 15th! (But, if you're worried, get a second pair of trousers made.)
 

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No need for concern. I have Harris tweed trousers from the 30s that are still going strong.
 

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Thanks for the info, guys. The Harris Tweed I've seen lately (admittedly on cheap jackets) is pretty lightweight and loosely woven, presumably to make the fabric more "acceptable" to a modern market that doesn't value traditional tweed, and seemed like it would wear away pretty qucikly.

Originally Posted by Fred H.
I agree. Harris Tweed is like Teflon. Lasts forever. I have an overcoat that -- I kid you not -- was 55 years old on October 15th! (But, if you're worried, get a second pair of trousers made.)

Don't worry, the two-pants approach will be standard for me ... I just don't want to have to order 4 pairs.
 

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Originally Posted by Doc4
Thanks for the info, guys. The Harris Tweed I've seen lately (admittedly on cheap jackets) is pretty lightweight and loosely woven, presumably to make the fabric more "acceptable" to a modern market that doesn't value traditional tweed, and seemed like it would wear away pretty qucikly.

Don't worry, the two-pants approach will be standard for me ... I just don't want to have to order 4 pairs.


Hmm. I'm not very familiar with lightweight Harris tweed, so I can't personally vouch for it. In any case, I'm not a big believer in the two-trouser approach unless you're going to be wearing the suit constantly (like working class men used to by necessity).
 

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Ya, that stuff lasts forever, go for it, and post some pics
 

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Def get the trousers lined.
 

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