Harris-tweed

Alexander McQueen’s former apprentice  made the world’s first Harris Tweed suit  designed for a horse to celebrate the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. It took 4 weeks and 59ft of tweed to complete the  3-piece suit, which was worn by a race horse named Morestead. Source

Designer Emma Sandham-King and Morestead the horse.

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Need For Tweed

It’s getting cold in a hurry and if you’re keeping track at home, everyone and their mothers seem to be recommending tweeds for the fall and winter months. And for good reason too; they’re warm, timeless, and look killer on virtually anybody, but not all tweeds are created equal.

You’ve all seen that little Harris Tweed tag inside select garments but most people don’t think much of it. You kind of just associate it with a vague sense of quality. Well we decided to educate ourselves and find out what the story behind that tag was. Spoiler alert: it’s kind of a big deal.

First off, Harris Tweed is the only fabric in the world that’s governed by its own Act of Parliament. No joke, you read that right. As in, there’s an authority that decrees whether or not a tweed is worthy of Sparta. Crazy. It basically states that to be considered, it’s got to be made from pure virgin wool which has been spun on the Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland. Moreover, it’s also got to be hand-woven in the actual homes of the islanders; every single meter is woven in sheds by independent weavers on peddled looms. No motors allowed. What?

So that little tag is literally sustaining an entire way of life for a population of people. These local artisans have age-old skills that have been passed down from generation to generation to ensure the quality of their cloth.

And here I thought tweed was tweed. So next time you see that insignia, know that it truly is a mark of excellence, with a long and rich history behind it. Check out the authority for more info.

Special thanks to Harris Tweed Hebrides for all the love from across the pond. Cheers!

blazer & scarf available at Harris Tweed Hebrides

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Sciamat AW15 Pitti Preview

The brainchild of brothers Valentino and Nicola Ricci has become somewhat of a sartorial Mecca when it comes to Pitti. It’s difficult to visit their stand without having to share space with some of the most reputed fashion editors, bloggers or overall tailoring aficionados. The truth is that the strong identity they have created for Sciamat leaves no one indifferent: even if their aesthetic doesn’t match your personal style, it’s impossible not to admire the superb art and technique that goes into each one of their pieces.

As usual, the AW15 collection is mind-blowing. Besides the outstanding suiting offerings which have been redesigned to incorporate a slightly reduced roped shoulder, thus creating a less puffed appearance, it features a series of innovations. Taking careful attention to details and plays on pattern and textures, the collection included a series of topcoats in washed Harris Tweed as well a washed tuxedo that just elevated the whole game. A brilliant presentation of soft shoulders and lapels teamed up with fully unstructured jackets to portray an updated feel on traditional tailoring.

Ph: Beyond Fabric