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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. Gianni Cerutti

    Gianni Cerutti Distinguished Member

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    Very elegant colors.
     


  2. NorCal_1

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    jrd617,

    It appears to me that each of those herringbone tweeds you posted has either 2 or 3 colored yarns in the weave. A few years ago, Bookster before they went bankrupt sourced a Harris Tweed they called Taransay, that was at least 6 yarn and possibly 7 yarn that is a brown herringbone with rust and shades of olive twisted into it.

    I ordered a metre just to see what it looked like in person and when it arrived I literally had chills & goosebumps,,, it was stunning. The way I would describe the difference would be like 2D vs 4D. The depth of color is unmatched and I have yet to see any like it since. It kills me I didn't buy 5 or 10 metres or more when I had the chance. It sold out before I could re-order.

    Bookster wasn't cooperative about which weaver or mill produced it for them. I thankfully have enough swatches saved to give to a mill or weaver to try to have it recreated and I would imagine it can easily be done if enough people were interested in doing a minimum run.

    When the sun comes up later today, I'll take a photo of it against the London Lounge brown herringbone (I just received it as well)
     
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    NorCal, that sounds interesting. Maybe we can get it done? I'm looking for a brown herringbone too, that LL version looks good. Too bad I didn't sign up for it.
     


  4. Concordia

    Concordia Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    There are several examples of "Taransay" Harris tweeds on line, if you do a Google search. Presumably somebody is still weaving that pattern.
     


  5. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    I looked up Taransay and I don't like the look of that. I've been on the hunt for a brown herringbone, not an olivey-brown herringbone

    http://www.tweed-jacket.com/CLOTH P...ges/TARANSAY HERRINGBONE HARRIS TWEED_jpg.jpg


     


  6. NorCal_1

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    ^ jrd617, the picture of Taransay online is not a real life picture, their picture is like a cartoonish characterization of the cloth to give an approximation.

    But that said, it does have olive yarns and rust woven into weave as I described, so doesn't sound like it will work for you in any event...since you want brown and brown alone

    When the light comes up, I'll still post a quick picture for others who may be interested in it, because it really is something unique (>3 multi-yarn weave Harris Tweed) and it would be great to get another run of it done while there are still weavers left wo can do it. When the next recession comes, I'm afraid of what will happen to Harris Tweed's small community of weavers again
     
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    What is the 4th sample in the first column from left? It doesn't have any details and what is the weight of it if you don't mind? I will try to get a jacketing length of it if I can.
     


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    I have the A Moon made up and it's nice but the LLxLovat is nicer.
     


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    Ordered both.

    No self-control.

    Ahh well :)
     


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  12. NorCal_1

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    a picture of the Bookster sourced Taransay herringbone Harris Tweed from 2 yrs ago (made into a vest, hence the buttons) sitting on top of the recently released London Lounge Lovate Shetland wide herringbone (brown) tweed for FW 2013 on the left

    to the naked eye, the Taransay is more brown/rust with olive undertones, giving it a 3D effect that can't be captured effectively by my camera. In the picture below, it appears more 'olive' than it is in real life. In real life you notice that it's brown first, rust second, olive third as you move closer to it. The LL tweed in real life is more of a rich medium-to-dark brown (closer to medium than dark).

    While the photo doesn't truly capture the real color of both, what I want you to appreciate is the complexity and depth of color of a tweed that uses many yarns (5,6,7) in the weave rather than only 2 or 3 that most herringbone tweeds these days comprise. It's a fabric not being made often, especially in the sartorially meaninful combination of brown + rust + olive. Both are magnificent in their own way, for different reasons, and I'm lucky to have each of them to work with. I'll try to post another picture that better captures the 'in real life' color of both if I can get the light just right.

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    May I ask how you ordered smith fabrics?
     


  14. NorCal_1

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    on another note, has anybody run across a charcoal worsted wool with 1inch or wider brown or rust stripe like this one and if so, which maker and/or book?

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  15. Gianni Cerutti

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    Beautiful colors.
     


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