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The Official Tweed Appreciation Thread

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

  1. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    Glorious. All of it, glorious!
     
  2. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    I was looking at those. You pull them off a heck of a lot better than I could.
     
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  3. mattcritchlow

    mattcritchlow Well-Known Member

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    All,

    I wondered if I might ask your opinion on the following cloths from the H&S Sherry Tweed collection. After a very successful suit purchase from MyTailor, I'm plotting a brown tweed jacket (among other things).

    The three I'm debating are:
    http://sunnok.ru/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/tkani_hollandandsherry_15_08_11_1200_64.jpg (Donegal 12oz, 880601CP)
    http://sunnok.ru/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/tkani_hollandandsherry_15_08_11_1200_26.jpg (Herringbone 10oz, 880107CP)
    http://sunnok.ru/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/tkani_hollandandsherry_15_08_11_1200_47.jpg (Herringbone 11oz, 880302CP)

    If it's contextually helpful, I'm 31, 6'5" tall, and do not work in a conservative work environment. Due to my height I try and stick to solid jackets and trousers as windowpane (and the like) patterns are a bit much on my frame. Also, I'm choosing from the Sherry Tweed book as it's near the top of my price range.

    My main concern with the second cloth is the 10oz weight. It just seems very light for a tweed, even in San Diego. Though I admit I really like the color and texture.

    Ultimately, I imagine there is likely no "wrong" choice here, but I felt some input from the great folks in this thread would be helpful.

    Many thanks, in advance, for your thoughts.
     
  4. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Senior member

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    If you want a Donegal, I would personally go with a W. Bill or Magee. Much more classic. The H&S ones have always seemed they're trying too hard with their flecks. I like the 11oz herringbone. But W. Bill will have even more options when it comes to herringbones in weights and colors. If you want something warmer go for a Shetland. If you want something that wears a bit cooler I'd go for a Cheviot. Hope that helps.
     
  5. mattcritchlow

    mattcritchlow Well-Known Member

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    That does help, thanks. Of the three, i like the 11oz the most as well. I have been looking at donegals, but at the end of the day I'm not sure it's for me.

    I will have to ask Joe if they have the Shetland W. Bill book. I only saw the donegal book when I was in their shop getting some minor adjustments made to my suit. The donegal book was a bit more expensive than I was intending on, but perhaps I'll find something in the Shetland book that will justify it. Cheers.
     
  6. OlSarge

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    I know that Joe has the W. Bill book with herringbone in it. It shows a green that just calls to me but then, most herringbone's do. I agree, the 11 oz is the best of the three, though with my complexion I'd want a darker brown. Unfortunately, I don't recall ever seeing a brown herringbone in 'bittersweet dark chocolate.' Rats!
     
  7. mattcritchlow

    mattcritchlow Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, OlSarge. I'm not completely set on that shade of brown, I suppose I would say it's the best I've seen so far. Referring to the 11oz. Curious as to why you think that shade would be light for your complexion. It seems fairly dark/neutral?

    By the way, I saw the picture of your new 3 piece suit from Joe. It turned out wonderful! Great cloth choice, too. I'll have to get a picture of my Finmeresco suit that I got from Joe once the jacket it's back from alterations. I really couldn't be happier, the fit and fabric are really something.

    Cheers.

     
  8. OlSarge

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    I feel I look best in blues and greys but really love brown and green. So the best choice of brown for me is as dark as I can find. As my hair (such of it as remains) turns from dark brown to iron grey to, at least in my beard, silver I become more and more 'high contrast'. It galls me to admit it but I am a 'winter' and chocolate browns wash me out. Rats!

    Thanx for the compliment on the suit. I'm so taken with it that I'll have him make me another, probably in grey glencheck, next fall.
     
  9. MrSmith

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    i'm no help, I like all three of those swatches, although a brown Donegal I struggle with for some reason, I always like a Donegal at the grey/green/blue end of the spectrum, just like the place.

    P.S. Ol Sarge, can you please put up the link or pic to your 3 piece? :)
     
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  10. Tweedy

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    Just a few of my current stock ... :happy:


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  11. OlSarge

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    Sure. Just scroll down to the guy in the beard and fedora standing in front of a stairway.
     
  12. Michigan Planner

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    I just picked up a Harris Tweed overcoat that I've had my eye on at a local shop all winter. I decided it's time to grow up from my raincoat that I wear all winter (though it is very warm with a nice thick lining) and get a proper overcoat. When I went into the store today to pick up some pants that were being altered today I found that the coats were just marked down so I decided to pull the trigger. It was a toss-up between a very soft camal hair or the tweed and I figured I'd get more use out of the tweed... plus, stains and dirt will not show up as much!

    Once I can get some daylight again, I'll put up a picture. In the meantime, here's a photo from the store's Facebook page:

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    Carl Sterr
     
  13. OlSarge

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    Tweed overcoats and Michigan were made for each other. Good, stout 18-20 oz stuff, I presume?
     
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  14. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    Awesome, I love tweed overcoats.
     
  15. academe

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    Cross-post from the Unfunded Liabilities thread. LL City Gunclub from the previous years' round of subscriptions, made-up as a 1-button hacking jacket from my new guy Adrian Barrows. Classically English cut; structured roped shoulders, wasp-waisted, clean chest and back. I love this cloth -- it's easily one of my favourite LL subscriptions in recent years!

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  16. Slewfoot

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    Looks great! I dig elbow patches on the right kind of coat and it seems well suited here.
     
  17. Xenos

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    Great jacket! Nice pattern!
     
  18. Austinii

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    That is one fine mix you've put together there!
    Bravo!
     
  19. academe

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    New shooting jacket from Adrian Barrows. This one was made with natural shoulders and more open fronts/quarters. Swelled edges and double-stitching around the lapels. Sorry for the poor images; borrowed these from Adrian's website as the lighting has been to poor here during winter for me to take good snaps of my own. Fabric is a mid-weight (14-15 oz) blue LL Shetland from a previous subscription, woven by Lovat Mill in the Scottish Boarders.

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  20. RogerC

    RogerC Senior member

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    Wonderful. I have the same tweed in a 1-button jacket, it nice and cosy.
     

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