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The Value of Tweed

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Tweed sport coats have in the past been associated with academics or old men but today I feel they are ready for their due redemption.  Tweed was first produced in Scotland and Ireland and its durable and warm nature makes it ideal for country wear while shooting or hunting.  The best tweeds are Harris and Donegal manufactured in Scotland and Ireland respectively.  The ability of tweed  to add true character to any mans wardrobe makes it invaluable and no man should consider theirs complete until it includes at least one piece of tweed.  These days good tweeds can be a little harder to find off the peg, requiring some searching or some tailoring. tweed jacket One British clothier known for their country wear is Cordings.  There catalog includes numerous tweeds in addition to other fine items.  I personally prefer a tweed jacket with leather buttons as I feel this adds additional character to the jacket.

Best worn during the fall and winter and when paired with cords your tweed will help seal out the biting wind.

Because tweed tends to have a considerable amount of visual texture, consider how busy the other articles of clothing you are wearing are in order to achieve a proper balance.

While tweed is not appropriate for a formal occasion it will always work well on the weekend or during a casual encounter.

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Hats for fall

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

We are already well into September and the temperature is steadily beginning to drop. This means it is about time to pull out the fall hats. Here in New England it is not uncommon for the fall to have a large proportion of dreary days, but they are usually not cold enough for a heavy hat. For fall I enjoy wearing a tweed or waxed cotton cap. Flat caps, such as the example below made by Lock & Co. Hatters, were originally considered a hat of the working class but was also adopted as a gentleman’s country wear. Today it is appropriate casual headwear and does a great job keeping the biting breeze off your head.tweedcapBarbour also makes a light cap from their waxed cotton.  This cap is great for the rain as it is water proof and will keep your head dry.  For those of you interested they have discontinued them and a search may be required to find them.  At the time I am writing this they can still be found at Orvis.  Lock and Co. also makes shower proof hats that run more expensive, but they are master hat makers.

french connection porkpie

Gene Hackman wearing a porkpie hat in 1971's "The French Connection"

For more a more formal hat that will carry you through the winter (minus the coldest days) look to a fedora, trilby or porkpie.

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