Nice And Tweedy Does It Every Time

NICE AND TWEEDY DOES IT EVERY TIME

26/10/2016 09:00

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his weekend, I charged my man Harry the Hat with the task of putting all my Peter Christian summer lightweights back into mothballs. However, I can never contain a slight frisson of excitement as I bring out my autumn wardrobe. I always feel that this is the time when a chap can start dressing ‘properly’ again, more than anything, I welcome the return of my Harris Tweed Jacket.

Harris Tweed Orb

Generations of us custodians of Trouser Towers have worn the Harris Tweed: I remember my grandfather’s threadbare houndstooth jacket, elbow patched and leather cuffed, with small tufts of material where he had caught his fishing flies on his sleeve. It would have been purchased not long after the First World War, and was still going strong in the 1970s. My father’s Harris Tweed was a muted green, with a flamboyant dash of red silk paisley at pocket. His pockets were generally full of rich-smelling pipes and tobacco, mixed with the smell of Trumper’s Bay Rum hair dressing on his collar. When my pater came in for luncheon, his jacket damp from a pheasant shoot, with bullshots on his breath, he was a cacophony of Proustian smell-synapses which defined, for me, the noble smell of manhood.

a fashionable textile for huntin’ shootin’ and fishin’ wear

Woollen cloth itself had been woven for a millennium by crofters in the outer Hebrides, it was Lady Catherine Herbert, who commissioned a particularly fine checked design by two weavers known as The Paisley Sisters and had it made into jackets for her ghillies and gamekeepers. Hardwearing and water resistant, the clothing was well-suited to life on the estate and Lady Catherine did everything she could to promote her local cloth as a fashionable textile for huntin’ shootin’ and fishin’ wear. It soon became the fabric of choice for the aristocracy and landed gentry, soon finding its way (as did many things Scottish) into Queen Victoria’s inner circle, and was embraced by her descendants. Its status was established and thus, around the 1850s, the Harris Tweed Jacket as we know it, was born.

Harris Tweed - Prince Of Wales

Prince of Wales, Edward VII in Harris Tweed.

And so it remains, the sine qua non of the English Gentleman. It has altered little over 150 years, save the odd fashionable vagary – a little nipped at the waist here, a wider lapel there. The colours, always vibrant, still come from the natural plant dyes of the Outer Hebrides.

the jacket for all occasions for the man for all seasons

The Peter Christian Harris Tweed Jacket has a slimming, three-button closure, slanted ‘hacking’ pockets, two vents, a classic lapel width and full satin lining. Bingo!

Because I can, I have three Harris Tweed Jackets in the Trousers’ wardrobe: a Purple Burdoch, Marine Blue and a classic Green.

The jacket for all occasions for the man for all seasons.

TTFN,

 

Lord T

 

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26/10/2016 09:00