Monday, 27 January 2014

Dashing Tweeds - Raglan Overcoat




















Raglan Coat from Dashing Tweeds

























I hadn't forgotten the search for raglan-sleeved overcoats. And the Donegal Raglan is a beauty from the extraordinary Dashing Tweeds.

The colour and cut make it exceptionally wearable; and it is classic raglan, with sleeves extending to the collar.

The cloth is Dashing Tweeds' Herringbone Donegal tweed. It is a mohair and wool blend woven by our friends at Magee in Ireland.

The coat is lined in silk and has horn buttons. A sensation.






















The Eponymous Sleeve and Other Stories

Nothing stands in the way of a British aristocrat and his pleasurable pursuits; be it gambling or soldiering, or both, he wants to be unimpeded and comfortable.

The 1st Baron Raglan, FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, wanted the type of sleeve we see on the coat above because it was more comfortable to wear following the loss of his arm in the Battle of Waterloo.

The 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, wanted meat between bread so that he could continue with his card games — 'sandwich' became shorthand for this type of snack.

The 1st Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, popularised a type of boot that he had adapted for wear on the battlefield. Dandies liked what they saw and put in their orders for similar at London bootmakers. The Wellington boot was born.

From the Crimean War we get the cardigan. Knitted woollen waistcoats were popular amongst soldiers and, famously, the 7th Earl of Cardigan, James Brudnell, who campaigned there. His name became inextricably associated with this type of sweater.

Are there any newly coined equivalents? A 'Cumberbatch' perhaps?

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