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The Air Is Crisp And I Feel The Need…..The Need For Tweed

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Ok maybe it hasn’t quite gotten to that point here just yet in Baltimore….but rest assured it’s on it’s way. Not to knock summer but being from Texas , I have had my fair share of heat.. Been there done that, wrote a song about it and released about four or five remixes ( check out the Frank Ocean – David Guetta mash-up on I-tunes).  I joke , but you know you’d buy. .   Yeah the months of summer are fun filled with cookouts ,BBQ’s and crab feasts and women in short shorts and sundresses…sigh it truly was a great summer .. but I still look to the fall with the same anticipation as Ralphie in A Christmas Story awaiting his Red Rider BB Gun. Image

Why ? You might ask… Well one of the main reasons would definitely be, I get to dress up, and get to do so with one of my favorite fabrics TWEED . When it’s chilly on these Mount Vernon Streets nothing like glass of  Bushmills and tweed sport coat to break through the crisp fall air for those walks past The Baltimore Washington Monument up N.Charles St or around The Inner Harbor or Harbor East.

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A Brief History : The term tweed was originally called tweel, the Scottish term for twill. History has it that the current name came about due to a London merchant having to read some very illegible handwriting. The merchant who received an order from a firm in Hawick asking for Tweel , misinterpreted the handwriting, thinking it to be a trademark taken from the river Tweed ,that flows through the Scottish Borders textile area, and centuries later we are still calling it tweed. The fabric has traditionally been used for upper class country clothing like shooting jackets during the Edwardian age in England, and becoming popular in the early 60’s among Ivy League preppies. Tweed has lately been enjoying a resurgence in popularity as of late among Trads and Hipsters alike.

The tweed sport coat is one of the most versatile staple of a Fall/ Winter wardrobe. Dress it up with a pair flannel wool trousers, a crisp white shirt and a pair of Chelsea boots or oxfords. Or go weekend casual in your favorite sweater or henley, or business casual in a chambray oxford shirt and a pair of chinos or corduroys and a pair of suede brogues. You can find decent affordable jackets right on E-Bay , or the $500 and up  range from brands such as Thom Browne Ralph Lauren and The Harris Tweed collaborations with J Crew . In my humble opinion if you are willing to spend in the upwards of $500  and up “off the rack ” sports jacket , why not go custom fit ? Not only will it give you great fit , but it also gives you greater choice than what most designers will offer you with their seasonal lines. A wider variety of fabric choices, as well as being able to select those details that will set you apart from the rest of the flock. Most high-end department stores such as Barney’s or Neiman Marcus offer made to measure at reasonable price.

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(Photo via JCrew)

Now if you don’t have one those in your area or you can find better ways to spend your time other than sitting than in traffic or don’t feel like making the trip, there then make a trip to google to research your local custom clothier, and if you’re in Baltimore stop by and see me at Christopher Schafer Clothier on 1400 Aliceanna St.  Send me a message at alifesuited@gmail.com to set up an appointment and we can get you suited up and ready before the first frost hits.  See you soon .

Cheers!

D.C. King – ALS

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