Friday, October 22, 2010
Wool neckties complement cool weather jackets like the Donegal tweed in the photo. Pair them with a silk square to get some contrast in texture as well as some sheen.
Donegal tweed of course is the stuff from Ireland with semi-random flecks of color adding interest to an otherwise plain twill or herringbone weave. Most of it is mechanically loomed by Magee of Donegal (mechanically loomed versions are also available from cloth merchants Scabal and Holland & Sherry among others, though those might also have originated at Magee as it is apparently responsible for about 85% of the total yardage produced), and is characterized by a relatively smooth, regular weave. There is also hand loomed Donegal available from W. Bill, Kevin and Howlin, and individual weavers in cottages that is softer and has more loft. The hand loomed stuff tailors into a slightly more interesting jacket but may be too loosely woven for trousers. The machine loomed cloth is intended for suits and coats.
14 ounce/420 gram Donegal tweed jacket by W. Bill tailored by W. W. Chan and light blue nailhead shirt by Hemrajani. Both the cashmere necktie and the silk square are by Michael Drake.