Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Trip Through the Abraham Moon Archives
We've been long-time supporters of British mills (and fabrics) at Tweed Towers. None more so than Abraham Moon. The Moon tweed jacket I bought yonks ago still comes out with me on bike trips. There it is above. It was a welcome companion on a recent trip to The Queens Arms in Corton Denham, Somerset (below).
The Queens Arms is a very nicely situated pub that serves excellent pork pies. Worth a cycle out if you're in the vicinity, but quite hilly to reach it. You need strong thews.
As always, listen to the theme tune to Rutherford-era Miss Marple before undertaking such a journey. I make no apologies for adding this clip again. Ron Goodwin's Murder She Says [Amazon] is our adopted theme after all.
Abraham Moon Archive
Enough of the meandering introduction. Let's get on with the business in hand. I mention Moon because I wanted to say how much I've enjoyed reading through the short history of famous cloth and clothing they're put together on their web site.
Look under Heritage Collection and read about the British red coat, shepherd check (jacket - top), tweed, pinstripe, tartan, worsted, covert, cavalry twill, tattersall (weskit - above), duffel (below) and thornproof — all the bally hits.
When you see this information pulled together, you can really appreciate the contribution British mills and manufacturers made to defining classic men's style; and in expressing our culture through dress. Moon's Heritage Collection makes these cloths available to you today.
If more of our traditional mills can be less reticent about celebrating their heritage — as it's one thing that can't be faked by their ravenous Eastern competition — people will then fully understand the significance of the label they see inside their jacket.