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The Official Tweed Appreciation Thread

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

  1. Harvitz81

    Harvitz81 Senior member

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    Another one now on its way to me. Probably a 50s/60s era style? Donegal Tweed.

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  2. OlSarge

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  3. MyOtherLife

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    Mid to late 1970's...and please undo that top & bottom button ;)
     
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  4. Harvitz81

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    I will when wearing. Those are just pics from the eBay auction.
     
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    What a great fit. Must have a great tailor.
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  7. Isbister

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    Childhood origins of my own interest in tweed:

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  8. SHS

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    I liked "The Wind in the Willows."

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  9. OlSarge

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    I read it to a class of second graders. The other teachers poo-poohed the idea saying that it was 'way over their heads. Hah! The little ones sat on the rug entranced, mouths opened and examined each picture in detail. Great story. Not only the original but the Disney cartoon and the BBC claymation version with Ian Carmichael. They're all wonderful.
     
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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  11. blackbowtie

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    If one were to commission one's first tweed suit - most probably a three-piece - which patten/fabric should be recommended? The problem with tweed is that the range of patterns is bewildering and the strictures that usually obtain for business suits - and that make the choice of first business suits easier - don't apply.
     
  12. Simon A

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    The short answer is, use a pattern that you like! Herringbone and houndstooth are pretty uncontroversial patterns and would make a good first suit. Honking loud checks, like the Harris Tweed Tartans, are perhaps best left for when you feel more adventurous.

    Some family-owned mills which make excellent, very reasonably priced tweeds without merchants' markups can be viewed below. I have garments made from each of their tweeds and I am very happy with them.

    Islay Woollen Mill, Scotland http://www.islaywoollenmill.co.uk/
    Trefriw Woollen Mill, Wales http://www.t-w-m.co.uk/
    Molloy and Sons, Donegal, Ireland http://molloyandsons.com/
    Isle of Harris, Harris Tweed, Scotland http://www.harristweedisleofharris.co.uk/index.php/aboutus

    Enjoy!
     
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  13. SHS

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    I remember the claymation series. That was great. Another series with a lot of tweed in it was "All Creatures Great and Small." Apart from the fact that Siegfried Farnon's fly seems to have been damaged in the line of duty, this is a nice picture:

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  14. MrSmith

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    I'd certainly start with a herringbone. Depending on your hair and complexion you can either go greys/blues or lighter browns/olives. These are perfectly acceptable around town and not too stuffy for the suburbs and the countryside. Fond as I am of this Lovat

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  16. Isbister

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    Further to Simon A and OlSarge's good advice, I would say do not choose a cloth without first acquiring as many swatches as you feel you can reasonably ask for - you need to see and feel it in your hand.
     
  17. MrSmith

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    good advice, get some Donegals and Harris swatches too, if only to realise that you probably won't want these style of tweeds as the fabric for your first suit.
     
  18. MyOtherLife

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    I suppose it depends on which city downtown?
     
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  19. capnwes

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    Cover the World with Tweed - Showcase #3

    Vintage Full Norfolk Coat
    Made in Sweden with Donegal Style Birdseye Tweed

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