Flanderian

Connoisseur
I just love hounds tooth, and think this is a particularly good rendition of it. The wide lapels are another aspect that set it apart from the ordinary. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I keep checking their site to see if they bring out another sports coat or suit with a similar lapel. It makes the sports coat stand out from the crowd, IMO in a good way. I am fortunate that even though it is memorable, my rotation is such that no jacket gets more than a few wearing per season.
Not that it's a concern, but the wider lapels are even in concert with most contemporary fashion. The Brits and Americans, and those who wish to imitate them, are mainly the last holdouts of the skinny lapel, with the rest of world either never adopting it, or having moved on many moons ago. Perhaps this British clothier is testing the waters.

What is significant is that I think it's especially flattering for you, very dapper. Perhaps even a bit DoW'ish! :cool:

Gentlemen,
I have this sports jacket that I always thought of as a tweed jacket, but after seeing the fine specimens in this thread I'm in doubt...

I took a photo showing the sleeve. Would this qualify as tweed? Donegal tweed perhaps?

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It certainly looks like a Donegal style tweed to me, and a rather nice one!
 

momsdoc

Connoisseur
Not that it's a concern, but the wider lapels are even in concert with most contemporary fashion. The Brits and Americans, and those who wish to imitate them, are mainly the last holdouts of the skinny lapel, with the rest of world either never adopting it, or having moved on many moons ago. Perhaps this British clothier is testing the waters.

What is significant is that I think it's especially flattering for you, very dapper. Perhaps even a bit DoW'ish! :cool:



It certainly looks like a Donegal style tweed to me, and a rather nice one!

Oh oh. Don’t tell me that now, with Medicare staring me down in a few years, that I’m finally stylish!o_O
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
This is an odd look, methinks, but it is tweed . . . View attachment 37423
So, I step away from AAAC for almost a full day (in part to see what kind of a beat-down NY's football teams would get this Sunday - and wasn't disappointed, in particular seeing the Jets help the Bengals break a 13 game losing streak) and the best conversations, back-and-forth and pics we've had in this Tweed thread in awhile break out. I would be clicking "reply" to almost every post since my last one - so I'll just say - great insights and opinions, really enjoyed reading and seeing the posts.

As to this coat from Old Sarge - I have a weakness for big, bold herringbone patterns in thick tweed garments, so I'm all in. I have little in my life (NY football being one less thing), so I cling sadly to a disproportion love of tweed and herringbone.
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
My friend, you never fail to impress me with the heavy great coats that you find and share with us. Your posts quite literally remind me of and incite me to actually miss the cold weather! ;)
Thank you very much. As I mentioned above, I love big, heavy tweed coats in bold herringbone patterns, so searching for them is fun for me. Also, I love seasons and get excited when each one starts up, in part, because it's fun to bring out that season's clothes - but I understand your reasons for being in FLA and respect why you made that sacrifice.

I think I've suggested this before, but maybe you and Mrs Eagle could take a cold weather vacation - a fall leaf tour, a winter train trip, etc.
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
A beautiful coat! 👍

Nicer, but quite similar to a HSM I purchased at Wallachs in '71. Overcoats in general, and serious ones in particular, were far more common then. Was a nice coat too! Upper middle quality thick tweed, well cut and sewn with a good satin lining. Almost makes me nostalgic for my rail and long walk commute that prompted its purchase in the first place. Would stop on the way back for an early dinner of a good roast beef sandwich and a draft Lowenbrau at the BCP. 😢
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
A beautiful coat! 👍

Nicer, but quite similar to a HSM I purchased at Wallachs in '71. Overcoats in general, and serious ones in particular, were far more common then. Was a nice coat too! Upper middle quality thick tweed, well cut and sewn with a good satin lining. Almost makes me nostalgic for my rail and long walk commute that prompted its purchase in the first place. Would stop on the way back for an early dinner of a good roast beef sandwich and a draft Lowenbrau at the BCP. 😢
The early dinner sounds perfect.

For a few years, I commuted into NYC from an elevated train station in NJ where there was nothing to block the heavy winter morning winds - a heavy dress winter coat was not a nice to have, it was a need to have. I remember when I bought my first one from a BB-like discount store called Gorsart (I write about it too often as it was just that great a store) - classic charcoal grey wool herringbone - and it was like being wrapped in a windproof heavy blanket when fully buttoned. I had that coat (relined a few times) for close to thirty years.
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
Proving good to my word (my passion, obsession and stupidity), I just bought this today at 40% off and with free shipping from Polo
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WOW! Very nice jacket! Great cloth! Far more nicely cut than most contemporary jackets. So nice to have the skinny lapels avoided, and the shoulders are gorgeous! :icon_cheers:

The early dinner sounds perfect.

For a few years, I commuted into NYC from an elevated train station in NJ where there was nothing to block the heavy winter morning winds - a heavy dress winter coat was not a nice to have, it was a need to have. I remember when I bought my first one from a BB-like discount store called Gorsart (I write about it too often as it was just that great a store) - classic charcoal grey wool herringbone - and it was like being wrapped in a windproof heavy blanket when fully buttoned. I had that coat (relined a few times) for close to thirty years.
Despite the then seeming travails, age can add nostalgia. (Though it may only be my younger self for which I am nostalgic.) Never got to the Gorsart in the city, but I used to stop at their shop in East Hampton. Nice little shop in a building which had formerly been a bank. Only ever bought some dress shirts there. Really nice quality, and price!
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
WOW! Very nice jacket! Great cloth! Far more nicely cut than most contemporary jackets. So nice to have the skinny lapels avoided, and the shoulders are gorgeous! :icon_cheers:
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Thank you. As you highlight, it checked a lot of boxes (and has a real long size), so I had to do it. I'll report out when it comes.

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Despite the then seeming travails, age can add nostalgia. (Though it may only be my younger self for which I am nostalgic.) Never got to the Gorsart in the city, but I used to stop at their shop in East Hampton. Nice little shop in a building which had formerly been a bank. Only ever bought some dress shirts there. Really nice quality, and price!
No doubt, nostalgia scrubs the memory a bit, but heck, we were young, employed and experiencing life de novo - there is much to be nostalgic about. And Gorsart deserves the praise I give it. Not only was the selection and price incredible, but the tailoring (a room full of men and women at old wood tables with ancient sewing machines) was incredible as were the salesmen who knew their product and wouldn't let you leave if the article - when you came back to pick it up - wasn't tailored right.
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
Thank you. As you highlight, it checked a lot of boxes (and has a real long size), so I had to do it. I'll report out when it comes.



No doubt, nostalgia scrubs the memory a bit, but heck, we were young, employed and experiencing life de novo - there is much to be nostalgic about. And Gorsart deserves the praise I give it. Not only was the selection and price incredible, but the tailoring (a room full of men and women at old wood tables with ancient sewing machines) was incredible as were the salesmen who knew their product and wouldn't let you leave if the article - when you came back to pick it up - wasn't tailored right.
While Corsart was the cream of the crop, true discount businesses, as contrasted to cynical contemporary faux discount "factory" stores, could be found. The original Jos. A Bank served me admirably for quite a few years.

"we were young, employed and experiencing life de novo"

In my place of origin there were three criteria for the Successful Man, he needed to be:

!. Alive.

2. Unincarcerated.

3. Employed.

:happy:
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
While Corsart was the cream of the crop, true discount businesses, as contrasted to cynical contemporary faux discount "factory" stores, could be found. The original Jos. A Bank served me admirably for quite a few years.

"we were young, employed and experiencing life de novo"

In my place of origin there were three criteria for the Successful Man, he needed to be:

!. Alive.

2. Unincarcerated.

3. Employed.

:happy:
The requirements for my nondescript "Jersey town" were about the same as yours. I was an oddity having gone to a state university and, hold on to your hat, getting a job in New York City, which was like Oz to my "only 50 miles, but a universe away, from Manhattan" town.
 

Peak and Pine

Connoisseur
Swell jacket, though I thought you had similar.

Couple of things. You're the same height as the model who's wearing a Regular and it's appearing short on him. So you're sure the Long is long enough? This is a three button jacket, but not a sack, and were you to button the top button, which I advise everyone to do and everyone always says no, you would have what Flanderian insists on calling a 'skinny' lapel. You're okay with that? I would be. I am 5'9" and prefer a 29.50 length jacket, which is what the site calls Regular. But you have 4 inches on me, so, again, is the Long long enough? I don't want you laying out five bills and have a hundred of that spent on disappointment. In addition to wool, the jacket contains rayon and other fbers, tho the ratio isn't stated. That okay?
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
Swell jacket, though I thought you had similar.

Couple of things. You're the same height as the model who's wearing a Regular and it's appearing short on him. So you sure the Long is long enough? This is a three button jacket, but not a sack, and were you to button the top button, which I advise everyone to do and everyone says no, you would have what Flanderian insists on calling a 'skinny' lapel. You're okay with that? I would be. I am 5'9" and prefer a 29.50 length jacket, which is what the the site calls Regular. But you have 4 inches on me, so, again, is the Long long enough? I don't want you laying out five bills and have a hundred of that spent on disappointment. In addition to wool, the jacket contains rayon and other fbers, tho the ratio isn't stated. That okay?
Good questions and observations - thank you for all the thought and effort you put into this.

"...though I thought you had similar."
⇨ I do, but each one brings something different to the mix and my "style" is nuanced variations on a narrow palette.

"...So you sure the Long is long enough?"
⇨ Most of my "longs" are 31" - 32" and work well (cover my, well, butt - hit my fingers where "they" say the bottom should / reasonably bisect my body). I called RL (weeks ago when the jacket first posted) and was told a 40L had a 31" length, so I feel okay about that.

"This is a three button jacket, but not a sack, and were you to button the top button, which I advise everyone to do and everyone says no, you would have what Flanderian insists on calling a 'skinny' lapel. You're okay with that?
⇨ To my eye, the top button "rolls" into the lapel which echos a 3/2, so I'll never button it (I have a more general answer coming below)

"...But you have 4 inches on me, so, again, is the Long long enough?"
⇨ Based on the above comments about my existing 40Ls and general comment coming, I'm good.

I don't want you laying out five bills and have a hundred of that spent on disappointment.
⇨ Sincerely appreciate your concern, but I checked, it is returnable (I can even walk it five blocks over to the store and return it in person for a full refund).

In addition to wool, the jacket contains rayon and other fbers, tho the ratio isn't stated. That okay?
⇨ I asked about this when I call, and forget the exact percentages, but it was (I think) north of 90% wool with, according to the "Product Specialist" she reached out to, the balance providing some wrinkle resistant structure. Plus, see much-promised general comment comment coming now.

⇧ Those are all good and smart questions that I, as you can see, thought about individually, but there is also this: In today's world, if I hold out for everything I want, I will never buy anything.

So instead, since I want to make the occasional purchase, enjoy clothes and have some fun, I have to accept compromises. In most cases, most of them don't bother me at all as I keep a positive attitude toward all of this, i.e., I'm just lucky to be able to buy and wear these close, so I don't obsess (too much), I just try to enjoy them. Heck, the bulk of my "Tweeds" are J.Crew (some wool - cotton blends) that I love.

And, as noted, if I don't like the jacket when it arrives, I'll return it. To be sure, I wish I could walk into the early '60s and shop (or just buy Benjamin's B&W Tweed sport coat from "The Graduate"), but since I can't, I just roll with it and, my guess, I'll love the jacket.

Thank you again, FF
 
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