When I think of Scotland what comes to mind are its great natural beauty, whiskey, and tweed. We had all three on Monday.
For the day's car trip I am wearing a bespoke cap whose generous shape was designed by Michael Alden of the London Lounge. It is paired with bespoke cords that I have cut identically to my dress trousers, a Smedley polo, slip-on shoes and an unlined safari jacket of heavy cotton drill.
One of the objectives for the trip was to commission a 60 metre piece of 15 ounce/450 gram black and antique white Cheviot suiting with a large herringbone. I had been looking for suitable cloth for more than a year without success and here I am discussing the pattern with the mill that will be weaving a sample.
Once the sample has been approved, the cloth will be woven on this or a similar machine, and then sent to Huddersfield for finishing. The process takes ten to twelve weeks.
Leaving the mill, we set out for Edinburgh. Tomorrow, London.