Thursday, October 13, 2011
It was close to 100 degrees (38 C) in Beverly Hills yesterday, so naturally my companions were getting fitted for tweed jackets. The jackets were by Savile Row's Huntsman, and the cloth in question was Huntsman's 2011 house tweed, which is woven for that firm on Scotland's Isle of Islay. It is 14 ounce 400 gram stuff that is about as light as tweed can reasonably be made and remain authentic, woven in four colorways. Still, give thanks for air conditioning.
Both jackets shown are Huntsman's house cut with single button fronts. They have one piece backs instead of the usual two, so that the pattern is not broken up.
Huntsman cutter Dario Carnera explained that the sleeves on the jacket in the second photo were only hung for the fitting. They will be removed and replaced with the check aligned with that on the body of the coat before the final product is delivered in about two months time.
By then the temperatures may even permit wearing tweed without collapsing from heat exhaustion.