Photo by Salt Water New England

Monday, September 17, 2018

Moleskin Trousers

Photos by Salt Water New England 
Some Made in US and Made in England Sources of Men's Moleskin Trousers:

Bought from Orvis in the 1970's, these "ratcatchers" are showing some slight signs of wear.

31 comments:

  1. Viyella used to be more available than it is now. Not sure what the reason may be. Incredibly warm and comfortable. The Orvis catalog used to feature Viyella apparel regularly; now they have occasional offerings mainly for men. I have a couple of Viyella dresses purchased there; wish they would bring them back. High toastiness and comfort quotient; nice patterns.

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    1. I wish Orvis would bring back many of their old staples for women; a Viyella dress would be nice! I have one of their Viyella tattersall shirts and would love to be able to add more.

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    2. Try ordering directly from Viyella's website - https://www.viyella-online.co.uk/shirts.html. There's a large selection to choose from.

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    3. Thank you, Ken. Maybe you know more about Viyella and can explain. I always thought it was a wool/cotton twill fabric but I see there is a company called Viyella. Are they the originators of the fabric, and how do other companies manage to sell Viyella under their name? Unfortunately, the website you provided, while having beautiful men's shirts, they do not handle women's.

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  2. Got out my tattersall shirts last weekend.

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    1. Bitsy, where were you able to find your tattersalls?

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    2. Hi Sue -- They're older, from L.L. Bean. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any from them lately.

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  3. I have a couple of pairs of moleskin pants I bought from Orvis years ago. They are my go-to work pants during the fall and winter. Tough as nails, comfortable and roomy. You can’t beat moleskin.

    We are headed up into northern New England next week for a short vacation. We usually land in Freeport at some point where LL Bean’s flagship store and a great Orvis outlet are located, among other outlets (e.g., Patagonia) and stores. We’ll be stopping at the Barbour outlet in Milford on the way home. It will be my first time to the outlet, so I am looking forward to picking up a tattersall or two.

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    1. Where is the Barbour outlet? There is a Milford in every state it seems including PA. Thank you. PA

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    2. @PA - Milford, New Hampshire - 55 Meadowbrook Drive

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    3. Thank you. We are headed to New England in October. Would like to make the outlet a stop along the way. PA

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    4. There is a Barbour store in the outlets in Kittery, Maine as well.

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  4. Are you sure that Cordings shirts are made in England? There is nothing on the label to indicate that. Cordings tend to add a Made in England or Made in Scotland label to garments that are made in those countries. They also are big on the body to allow for freedom of movement when shooting.

    Another good source of Tattersall shirts is James Turner. They are currently on offer at a bargain 3 for £105 - https://www.josephturner.co.uk/clothing/tattersall_check_shirts_1. Another is James Meade (£55) - https://www.jamesmeade.com/mens/mens-shirts/country

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    1. I still wear a James Meade wool bathrobe (Navy with red piping) that I bought at least 25 years ago. Looks like they've traded wool for polyester fleece. That's a shame.

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  5. For me, Mercer is the best. I appreciate their generous fit and soft fabrics. All of those UK sources have beautiful patterns, but the fit doesn't work for me: too tight in the chest, too tight in the arms, too long in the sleeves, and several of the purveyors cited have extremely stiff collars and cuffs.

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  6. Searching for women's all cotton moleskin trousers, shipped and sold in the US.
    Any ideas where to look?

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  7. House of Bruar has some most attractive Tattersall shirts for women. The sizing is not small enough for me but I recommend their products. Have ordered sweaters. PA

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  8. Oh, I wish Orvis would bring back their women's cloths. Missed so much!

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    1. Oh how I wish Orvis would bring back their traditional men's clothes.

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  9. Does anyone know how the European Union's punitive tariffs on American-made clothing have affected Mercer's prices? Put This On reports that the tariffs have been hiked from around 10% to 30% to between 35% and 60%, i.e. doubled or more. Shoemakers like Rancourt and Quoddy have been hit very hard as the EU's tariffs were around 25% before the hike.

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    1. The buyer pays the tariff, not the seller, same as sales tax.

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    2. Do you think that I don't know that? My question was how much the EU adds in tariffs, i.e. the shirt price after the tariff is added. Only Mercer customers in Europe could answer my question.

      My guess is around $200 to $250 per shirt depending on the cloth. Then shipping has to be added too. Sadly, at current exchange rates, the total cost is prohibitive. It would be cheaper to buy MTM in London, e.g. from Drakes or Budd.

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    3. To answer your question Ken, your understanding seems shaky at best. The price remains the same. The total cost for European depends on savviness. Do you have any friends in the US? Do you have a domestic P.O. box? Do you travel regularly?

      There are ways to avoid paying unjust tariffs, there is also honoring the intent of the tariffs and shipping domestically instead.

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    4. Well said, Daniel.

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  10. Moleskin: to cuff or not to cuff?

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    1. Not! Cuffs are for corduroys.

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    2. Rules are for lemmings. Follow your heart Babette!

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    3. So why ask the question, Daniel? Babette wanted advice and got it. It's a not a rule. Moleskins tend to wear quickly at the bottom of the leg when they are cuffed. Have you any advice, based on real experience, to offer? Or were you just being snarky?

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    4. Daniel didn't ask you anything, Ken.

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    5. @ Anonymous, it was Babette who asked the question. But that was obvious but you still posted a rude a snarky reply. It's amazing that so many anonymous commenters can't handle even simple conversations and try to derail thread such as this one. They need professional help to deal with their "issues"

      In addition, why do you lack the basic honesty and integrity to put your name to your post? Is it cowardice, a recurring problem amongst the numerous anonymous commenters on this blog, ignorance or just bad manners?

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  11. @Babette, I don't cuff my moleskins because they are eventually be relegated to gardening duty. A cuffed hem would collect dirt, leaves etc.

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