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Southwick at Cable Car Clothiers

I’m a huge fan of Southwick, and couldn’t be happier about the renaissance they’re enjoying right now. But a shop that has long offered Southwick, and as evident form the last picture above, with very little change, is San Francisco’s trad mecca Cable Car Clothiers.

I had a lot of fun trying on all kinds of beautiful Southwick Harris Tweed sport coats yesterday. My favorite was probably this thick green donegal, flecked with all sorts of beautiful oranges, reds, purples, greens, and blues.

Note that the jacket hanging on the rack in the bottom picture is one of my favorite pieces, a Cable Car Clothiers tweed jacket from—I was told yesterday—the 1970s. It’s not a Harris Tweed, but is a Scottish shetland from I know not what mill. But, the era of huge lapels and overly built-up shoulders saw the continuation of the natural shouldered patch flap pocket look at Cable Car Clothiers. These two jackets, over 30 years apart in age, bear more than a striking resemblance to each other.

Though fashions change, and we are in a moment where the natural shouldered style of the ‘ivy’ look is once again fashionable, it is also true that neither of these jackets will ever look out of place in someone’s winter warbdrobe. 

Waxed Cotton, Diver’s Watch, Nato Strap, and Harris Tweed Gloves.

Waxed Cotton, Diver’s Watch, Nato Strap, and Harris Tweed Gloves.

Outtake: 12/11/12, The Harris Tweed Glove Sessions

Outtake: 12/11/12, The Harris Tweed Glove Sessions

Fair Isle, Harris Tweed, and Deerskin.

Fair Isle, Harris Tweed, and Deerskin.

Deets.

In praise of mustard colored pants on a Wednesday morning…

Horsehide and Tweed
Sometimes it’s hard to beat a broken-in leather jacket for a casual fit on a cold day. Especially a horsehide one. It ages so beautifully, and weathers rain much better than cowhide.
As for the hat, I bought it years ago on crazy clearance at Sierra Trading Post. It’s made in Scotland by a company called Failsworth, and if I’m reading the labels correctly the tweed pattern is called ‘Dumfries.’ I can’t remember the exact price but I know it was under $10, and I regret not buying more of them when I had the chance.

Horsehide and Tweed

Sometimes it’s hard to beat a broken-in leather jacket for a casual fit on a cold day. Especially a horsehide one. It ages so beautifully, and weathers rain much better than cowhide.

As for the hat, I bought it years ago on crazy clearance at Sierra Trading Post. It’s made in Scotland by a company called Failsworth, and if I’m reading the labels correctly the tweed pattern is called ‘Dumfries.’ I can’t remember the exact price but I know it was under $10, and I regret not buying more of them when I had the chance.

Hat tip to suitsandboots for the link to these awesome Harris Tweed deerskin gloves for $24 the other day on Lands’ End’s website. They arrived yesterday and I couldn’t be happier with them.

Hat tip to suitsandboots for the link to these awesome Harris Tweed deerskin gloves for $24 the other day on Lands’ End’s website. They arrived yesterday and I couldn’t be happier with them.

Who says you can’t wear white jeans in winter?

Jacket: From men’s haberdashery ‘Skihaus’ in Middlebury, VT., thrifted $5

Sweater: Lands’ End Canvas, ~$30

Shirt: Uniqlo, $15

Jeans: Polo Ralph Lauren, $9

Shoes: Royal Tweed by Joseph Cheaney, estate sale $15


Lands’ End Fair Isle and Harris Tweed.

Got my hair cut again yesterday, which means I stopped by one of my favorite thrifting spots. I picked up a few ties, including this Harris Tweed one for $2.50.

Got my hair cut again yesterday, which means I stopped by one of my favorite thrifting spots. I picked up a few ties, including this Harris Tweed one for $2.50.

Couldn’t fight the feeling…had to put it on…if only for this pic.

Couldn’t fight the feeling…had to put it on…if only for this pic.

Temps have dropped, again. If I were to leave the house sans jeans, hoodie, t-shirt, and rain coat today this is what I’d wear. A concession to mother nature. 
Harris Tweed is thick, rough to the touch, and warm, warm, warm. If you look at the close up photo of the tweed two posts below, you can see how the colors in the tie (navy, light blue, and tan) play into the threads woven into the tweed. The orange in the pocket square is complemented by my socks, should anyone, at first glance, think it looks off (not that it’d bother me if they did—but I like to have colors, textures, and/or patterns match in unexpected places). The socks even have thin blue stripes in them that echo the shades of blue in the foulard pattern on the square, and those found in the tie.
Jacket: Harris Tweed, thrifted $5
Shirt: Polo Ralph Lauren OCBD in a sun bleached orange color, thrifted $5
Tie: Robert Talbott English Regimental, thrifted $2
Pocket Square: Nordstrom Rack, $8
Pants: Dockers Alpha Khaki Corduroys, $35
Shoes: Florsheim Royal Imperial shell cordovan longwings, traded for a pair of shoes I thrifted for $17

Temps have dropped, again. If I were to leave the house sans jeans, hoodie, t-shirt, and rain coat today this is what I’d wear. A concession to mother nature. 

Harris Tweed is thick, rough to the touch, and warm, warm, warm. If you look at the close up photo of the tweed two posts below, you can see how the colors in the tie (navy, light blue, and tan) play into the threads woven into the tweed. The orange in the pocket square is complemented by my socks, should anyone, at first glance, think it looks off (not that it’d bother me if they did—but I like to have colors, textures, and/or patterns match in unexpected places). The socks even have thin blue stripes in them that echo the shades of blue in the foulard pattern on the square, and those found in the tie.

Jacket: Harris Tweed, thrifted $5

Shirt: Polo Ralph Lauren OCBD in a sun bleached orange color, thrifted $5

Tie: Robert Talbott English Regimental, thrifted $2

Pocket Square: Nordstrom Rack, $8

Pants: Dockers Alpha Khaki Corduroys, $35

Shoes: Florsheim Royal Imperial shell cordovan longwings, traded for a pair of shoes I thrifted for $17