Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: Where Do You Get Your Tweed Jackets?

Father in J. Press Tweed Jacket, at the Home of Senator Claiborne Pell, Newport, Rhode Island, Mid-1960s.  Original Photograph from Archives
Reader Question for the Community:
While I don't wear suits anymore, I read with interest all of the comments on your recent post on suits.  But I do wear tweed jackets, though most of mine have seen better days.  So I was curious where people might recommend as a good source.

29 comments:

  1. Glad you asked because I'd like to know as well for my fiancé.

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  2. Actually, check out your local Good Will and other thrift stores. I have found a few great jackets over the years.

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  3. Goodwill! Good Harris Tweed is like steel and almost impossible to wear out. I've found a number of very nice, lightly worn, Harris Tweed jackets for about $2-3. One dry cleaning bill later, you are good to go for about $15 all in. - PC

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    1. I agree. Goodwill or Salvation Army store for tweeds. In winter it was my "coat," had on for chores, one for teaching ( actually a couple) and a Brooks Italian made tweed for church.

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  4. Harris Tweed became really hard to find for a while, but I've noticed that over the past year or two O'Connell's has gotten in a much more robust stock of HT jackets made by Southwick.

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  5. O'Connells (sale right now) and Brooks Brothers. http://www.oconnellsclothing.com/Harris-Tweed-Sport-Coats/

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  6. Several tweed jackets hang in the closet. The makers include: J Press, Andover Shop, Brooks Brothers, and an old jacket from Arthur Rosenberg's. The ones I like best come from J Press and the Andover Shop (Boston).

    Aiken

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  7. Locally-owned men's shop that carries Harris Tweed or, as others have mentioned, thrift store! Its a delight when you discover a quality garment that fits just right - I have a gray herringbone I found for $5. Passed along the tradition; my daughter who is in UK for a term found a near new Barbour Bedale for 60 pounds.

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  8. Female here. You wouldn't associate this with "Calvin Klein" today, but I own a CK Harris Tweed (authentic numbered label) Chesterfield-style jacket which I acquired in 1975. It has oval brown suede elbow patches which concerned me initially -- they were then a stylistic affectation because the jacket was obviously new and unworn. However, decades later, I'm glad they're there because I've worn and loved this jacket for so long! It's still in great shape ... the only repair in 42 years was to the partially split back seam of the lining, easily fixed.

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  9. My husband still has his Harris Tweed jacket from college (Class of 1970) which is amazingly in good shape. Last year our son-in-law gave him a new Harris Tweed jacket (not having seen the old one) which was the exact same color Harris Tweed as the first one! This new one is from J. Crew and surprisingly very well made.

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  10. I can't remember the last time I bought one -- I think it was while I was in college almost two decades ago; might have been Orvis. My tweeds are Harris and they wear like iron. I also have a few vintage Harris jackets gifted by various relatives who were downsizing - in a classic cut looking as if they were purchased yesterday.

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  11. Thrift stores. Picked up a couple Harris Tweed blazers last year and they are classics. cheers!

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  12. I tend to buy tweed suits from Cordings on Piccadilly, London and Harrogate, Yorkshire (as seen in Kingsman). My heavy keepers tweed jacket, worn with cavalry twill trousers, is for the coldest weather. I recently bought a Norfolk jacket from Oliver Brown in Chelsea, London.

    I can also recommend Bladen RTW/OTR tweed jackets from A Hume of Kelso. There are a few different styles and the quality is superb. Note that the button holes on the sleeves are not "working".

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  13. Inner and outer Hebrides are good places to start although some pf the higher quality ones are actually exported to the US .

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  14. The last one I purchased was a Harris at Bob's Sports in New Canaan CT. I miss that store.

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  15. Brooks Brothers, occasionally J. Press and the Andover Shop are all great spots - I also agree with everyone that Goodwill is a good spot to find some sturdy older tweed. Currently the tweed I have are all hand-me-downs from my grandfather and father (all from the late 1950's to the mid 1980's). I would also plug Cordings in the UK, and Magee's Donegal Tweed in Ireland. Very decent prices for very well made products.

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  16. J. Press. The "Pressidential" cut goes everywhere. Also, any store that calls itself "The Irish Shoppe" or some variation of that.

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  17. For good, Scottish tweed, it's best to go straight to the source:

    Harris Tweed Shop: http://www.harristweedshop.com/

    Harris Tweed Isle of Harris: http://www.harristweedisleofharris.co.uk/index.php/online-shop

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  18. For men, be careful of Brooks Bros. sizings. Since Claudio Del Vecchio took over, he has pressed his suppliers to cut the amount of material in everything so that label sizes are NOT true. In addition, fewer and fewer of his jackets and suits are made in either the USA or the UK. Far too much of BB merchandise is now made in China and is of lower quality than what BB customers are accustomed to and expect.

    I recommend J.Press and other higher end stores for tweeds. I've become very, very careful of what I buy at BB now.

    Of special note to men: Go one size up in sweaters and the BB short sleeve cotton pique shirts; they are notoriously undersized now.

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  19. New Harris Tweed in stock at The Fine Swine and on sale under $400 http://www.thefineswine.com

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  20. For me, it's O'Connell's and a cloud of dust. I have a lot of J. Press stuff but they are not as e-commerce friendly. And many of their jackets have big padded shoulders. So when they closed up their NYC store I went all-in at O'Connell's. They not only have (by far) the largest selection of thick whiskery Harris tweeds, they also have a number of soft-as-silk Magee tweeds and a growing collection of private label Robert Noble jackets of impeccable quality and style details.

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  21. Another vote for O'Connell's here. Brooks Brothers Own Make tweeds are also worth a look, they are USA made 3/2 sacks. You may need to size up with Brooks.

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  22. As a woman, I have had a really hard time finding a traditional charcoal gray Harris Tweed jacket/blazer. After looking and looking, I finally had a custom one made for me by a bespoke tailor. Yes, it was very expensive but I will have it for the rest of my life and it has all the pockets and details (real leather buttons) that I wanted. And, most importantly, it’s long enough to cover my backside. With BB and other stores going down hill for women, I refused to be subjected to their poor quality and lack of traditional design. Sometimes you just have to spend the money to get what you want. One jacket that I love and wear all the time is better than many jackets sitting in my closet that I don't wear or even like.

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    1. I have found my best tweeds at the local Salvation Army...go figure!

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  23. I've had good luck with Tweedman's Vintage for pre-owned, classic tweeds, typically of a more European cut:
    https://www.tweedmansvintage.co.uk/about-us/

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  24. Try EBay - I've found J. Press and Brooks tweeds dating back to the days when they were well made.

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  25. Specialty shops that carry Imports from the British Isles, or Goodwill!

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  26. I find so many quality items in thrift stores. Recently, I purchased a navy blue LL Bean Irish fisherman's sweater in like new condition for a mere $6.99. I love finding items I know are worth so much more and are of quality that the thrift store unknowingly prices for $3, $4, and $5.

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