Whither The Country Suit?

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  1. saint

    saint Senior member

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    About a month ago I bought a Polo country suit (hacking jacket with ticket pockets, storm tab, long center vent, etc) off of ebay made from a very heavy grey herringbone tweed (probably Harris, but no Harris label); the suit must weigh 7 lbs. It cost me $36 + shipping, I think the bidding was low because it was so unusual. It is in very good condition, though unless I am attending an outdoor function in a blizzard, I'll probably just wear either the jacket or the pants. But at least in Ralph Lauren land, the Country Suit lives!
     


  2. passingtime

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    About a month ago I bought a Polo country suit (hacking jacket with ticket pockets, storm tab, long center vent, etc) off of ebay made from a very heavy grey herringbone tweed (probably Harris, but no Harris label); the suit must weigh 7 lbs.

    It is very unlikely to be Harris tweed if there is no Harris label.
     


  3. Lucky Strike

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    In particular, I am searching for this or similar fabric. Would anyone know where to find something like this? [​IMG] or spmething like this [​IMG]
    Here's a budget candidate: [​IMG] http://www.pakeman.co.uk/products.asp?cat=93 .
     


  4. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    The very first suit I ever owned was a steel-blue tweed three-piece nearly identical in quality to the Donegal pictured earlier. I also had a Harris tweed sport jacket that was a very rich grey with tinges of blue and gold. I remember both as having the texture of a rather refined bale of hay.

    After graduating prep school, I never had occasion to wear them again and at the time I was wearing them regularly, was too young to adequately appreciate them. They were probably subsequently donated to Goodwill by some family member who assumed, perhaps rightly, that I'd outgrown them.

    This thread has taken my breath away more than any other in recent memory. Perhaps its all those vintage pictures or perhaps it's nostalgia tugging at my heartstrings. The country suit, then, may not be dead, but, like chivalry, merely sleeping.
     


  5. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    15 oz. tweed suit with patch pockets. Vest has lapels.

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    Another tweed suit, 3 button roll 2, vest with lapels.

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    I'll wear the brown one on Fridays but most of the wear is on weekends.
     


  6. Huntsman

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    There is a gorgeous, vintage, bespoke corduroy suit on eBay. If I was a 42R it'd be mine, and the revival would be in swing these parts.

    Regards,
    Huntsman
     


  7. Edward Appleby

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    There is a gorgeous, vintage, bespoke corduroy suit on eBay. If I was a 42R it'd be mine, and the revival would be in swing these parts.

    Regards,
    Huntsman

    Link?
     


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  9. Huntsman

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    Thanks, PB, that's the one.

    EA -- sorry, passed it along the way and didn't save the link.

    ~ Huntsman
     


  10. Teacher

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    Pejsek, that first suit of yours is absolutely sublime. It's awfully hard to find things like that...glad you did.

    To be honest, one of the reasons tweed suits are a rarity is because there is other clothing that just simply performs better in the great outdoors than tweed. I don't go hiking to look good; I do it to hike. Hiking and climbing are much simpler in performance gear designed to keep me dry and warm and easily cleaned (yes, I've cleaned mud out of tweed more than once, and I hope never to do it again). Regardless of how much we love suits...and Lord help me I love them!...they just aren't the best option for a rigorous outting. A liesurely stroll through the trees, sure, but nothing else.
     


  11. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    I love country suits, and hope to add more of them to my wardrobe soon. Because my office is informal, I would be very out of place in a "city" suit. A "country" suit is just casual enough to pass. Plus they fit with my style better.

    Of course, wearing them in NYC in the winter with the overheated subway platforms is not always ideal.
     


  12. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    I know, there aren't a lot of places to still wear the country suit. Sigh. Everytime ive worn one to a family Thanksgiving get together my cousins expect me to play football or something with them.

    It's a chaning world, some things for the better and others for the worse.
     


  13. Professor Branestawm

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    Hello, new member and all that sort of thing.

    I picked up a nice green harris tweed suit over the summer, so am looking forward to giving it some decent outings now that the weather is deteriorating enough to make wearing heavy fabric an option. In Cambridge at least tweed is still alive, though only occasionally seen in full suit form. Warm wool seems to work well in the damp.

    I know someone who went mountaineering a few years ago in Scotland wearing tweed. He said that it was more breathable than his goretex (no beads of moisture freezing on the inside) and once the sweat that had worked its way to the outside froze it formed a nice windproof barrier. Similarly, I wear a submariner's style jumper when climbing in cold conditions, because I find it lighter, less bulky and less water absorbant than similarly warm synthetic fleece.
     


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    There are few things cooler than a three piece tweed to me. (Or hot, technically, if you attempt to wear one in Florida's fall.)
     


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    This one on eBay that seems to measure as a 38/39. This thornproof tweed is in a great pattern for a more causal suit, IMHO. Nothing like it to be found OTR here in the US. Is there a name for the patern?

    ASTONISHING VINTAGE BESPOKE THORNPROOF TWEED SUIT

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