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Harris Tweed Jacket - Quality and Fit Question

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by radix, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. radix

    radix Member

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    I just bought a used Harris Tweed blazer - the kind that a university profesor is supposed to wear.

    1. The jacket is "Made in England" (a good sign, I guess) by Daks. I wonder if it is a full canvas construction. There is some thick material between the wool and the body lining. Could that be the canvas?

    2. My waist and chest measurements are 39 and 33, while the jacket measurements are 44 and 42. Should I have the waist taken in a bit? If yes, how much? I'm 34 year old, so I don't want an old man's cut (yet).

    Radix
     
  2. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    Funny, I was looking at a used one myself. I thought it would be nice for the fall since most of the stuff I own is light. How heavy would you describe it?

    As far as the construction I don't know but I can say that if you search the forums you should be able to find out for yourself.

    As far as the fit, you should take it to a tailor and they will tell you what could/should be done.
     
  3. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    1. that sounds like canvas.
    2. see a tailor. unless you are a professor then wear it as is.
     
  4. radix

    radix Member

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    Yes, I AM a professor.
     
  5. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    If you plan to wear a sweater vest under the jacket you may want a bit more room in the waist.
     
  6. pejsek

    pejsek Senior member

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    I really like Daks. Used to see them all the time in the thrifts, but no more (for some reason). Daks could always be counted on to provide nice renditions of fairly eccentric English country clothes. Double-vented tweed shooting jacket with leather shoulder patch and leather trimmed button holes? Check. Later on they sold a license to s.one here in the US. If your jacket was made in England it's almost certainly canvassed. Daks was never an old fogey outlet like Dunn & Co, but they never struck me as offering a really dashing cut either (though things might be different these days--immsmc, Daks is trying to pull some sort of Burberry; for a time they had Timmothy Everest designing).
     

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