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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Aran Sweater Market Sweaters/Jumpers

Irish Fisherman's Knit Sweaters/Jumpers
Off the west coast of Ireland, at the mouth of Galway Bay, are the three Aran Islands: the largest, Inis Mor (Inishmore); Inis Meain; and the smallest, Inis Oirr.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Marblehead's F.L. Woods

Sopwith Sweater <>
F.L. Woods makes several different types of outerwear garments.
Here are some favorites, all their own designs, and all Unisex.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Norwegian Crewneck Sweater

How does the current L.L. Bean Norwegian Crewneck Sweater compare to the "Fisherman" original? 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Handknit in Ireland: An Aran Crew from Blarney Woollen Mills

There are many varieties of Aran sweaters (or Irish Fisherman Knit sweaters) available.  Most are machine knit (lesser quality), some are hand loomed (better quality), and a very few are genuine handknits.

This Blarney Aran Crew is handknit, in Donegal, Ireland, of locally sourced Irish wool.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Single Image

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Classic Oxford Shirts

Oxfords and Others

Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirts

Oxford shirts, sometimes referred to as OCBDs, are a classic style of shirt for men and women and a staple of many wardrobes.  A formal shirt when new, they can be comfortably used in more casual setting, especially when showing some wear.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick

If you regularly walk on uneven terrain, a stick can be very helpful.


It has been increasingly difficult to find authentic Irish blackthorn walking sticks.  The sticks that so many stores carry are seldom real, and as such are thin, light, too straight, and unsubstantial.

For those looking for authentic - albeit highly limited - Irish blackthorn walking sticks, this is an ideal source:

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Barbour Border

Which Barbour for a Tall Person?
The Border is the longest of Barbour's three traditional waxed jackets. The Beaufort is designed for shooting, the Bedale - the shortest of the three - was designed for equestrian purposes, and the Border is built for extended walks, in often inclement weather, across uneven terrain including deep undergrowth.

The Border is particularly good for the rainiest or windiest days.  And with a zip-in liner, combined with the extra length,  it is even warm in the winter.  Of course, the longer the Barbour, the heavier it will be.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Barbour Beaufort vs. Bedale

Beaufort in Sage
Bedale in Navy

“In 1894, John Barbour established himself in the burgeoning port of South Shields, supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen, rivermen and dockers from the worst of the North Sea Weather.”   
- John Barbour & Sons

Many ask about the differences between the Barbour Beaufort and the Barbour Bedale.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Men's Khakis

 Maine Windjammer - Original Photo from Archives
The one item that is a sine qua non to the classic wardrobe is a pair of khaki pants. This is true for males and females, young and old.

Vendors, knowing "khaki" is often referred to as a color, now use the term "chinos" which are offered in various shades of Khaki. Technically, however, khaki refers to either the style of trousers originally worn by British Troops in India or the color.

But the options today can be confusing.  Buying any kind of pants is always a more personal purchase than a sweater or a shirt. And many of the traditional khaki vendors have drastically cheapened the material used and reduced the consistency of fit when they outsourced to China or other low-wage countries, while constantly tweaking offerings.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Best Inspector Morse Episodes

Inspector Morse is paradoxically both the best of all of the popular British detective series and also the hardest to recommend to friends.

It is one of the hardest to recommend for quite a few reasons.  The outfits and hair styles are dated (and not charmingly so). The video and sound quality is poor by today's standards (if practically 4K compared to the Hickson Miss Marples).   The stories take their time to unfold.   So Foyle's War might instead be for those wanting something with gravitas and historic weight, and Midsomer Murders to those wanting something lighter.

Nonetheless Morse is, well, Morse.  Or more specifically, Morse is John Thaw.  Inspector Morse is no ensemble show (although the supporting regulars are serviceable and Lewis is as affable as ever).  Instead, Thaw turns in one wonderful performance after the next.  (He owns the role, unlike his far-too-smiley Kavanagh performances, which may in fact be more aligned with his off-screen personality.)

If there is a candidate for best supporting actor in the series, it would be Oxford itself.  The architecture and culture permeate every scene.  And the writing, in plots and characters. demands re-watching .  One also  appreciates the music and Morse's flat (so the combination of the two is near perfection.)

Here are some favorite episodes (or characters or scenes or...):
  • Last Seen Wearing - Morse's best line, "We ought to be able to arrest him for his taste",  after surveying a suspect's flat.  The headmaster gives a nearly-comedic dramatic performance (and in one scene in a very nice Irish Fisherman's sweater).
  • Last Bus to Woodstock - Oxford politics; pub murder; an old Volvo; and perhaps Morse's best withering glance.
  • Ghost in the Machine -  A supremely snobbish and delightful performance by Patricia Hodge;  a discussion of appropriateness of school ties worn as belts; and Morse's commentary on the distastefulness of social envy. This might be a good "first episode" to watch.
  • Deceived by Flight - Simply marvelous cricket scenes with equally marvelous cricket clothing.
  • Driven to Distraction - A love of the Mark 2; creepy; Morse on the edge.
  • Happy Families - Two dreadful grown sons (one of whom is played by Martin Clunes, Doc Martin)  with the most enviable knitwear.  And a moat. 
  • The Day of the Devil -  By far the creepiest of all, complete with church pipe organs, vicars and the underground of Oxford.
  • Twilight of the Gods -  Sir John Gielgud using Oxford England and Oxford Mississippi in the same sentence; and the always wonderful Robert Hardy.
  • Death Is Now My Neighbour - Richard Briers (Hector Naismith MacDonald from Monarch of the Glen), Roger Allam (who would later be in Endeavor), and Maggie Steed more than make up for Holley Chant's American accent. Oxford politics and the reveal of Morse's first name.
And my honorable mentions are:
  • The Last Enemy -  Good Guernsey in the opening scene; impressive Master's quarters; and bespoke clues.
  • The Infernal Serpent - Terrible topic but stars the wonderful Geoffrey Palmer  (Lionel from As Time Goes By).
  • The Sins of the Fathers - Morse solving a crime at a brewery.