Monday, 8 June 2015
Fresh in Fresco - Shorts by Dashing Tweeds
Fresco cloth was first developed in 1907 by Martin Sons & Company — based in Huddersfield and now part of Huddersfield Fine Worsteds — specifically to be worn in hot climates. Fresco is a lightweight and open high-twist plain woollen weave, sometimes with an added dash of mohair. The open weave nature of the cloth is such that it doesn't impede any welcoming breeze on a boiling hot day; it also remains crisp and crease-free.
The Fresco range from Huddersfield Fine Worsteds is available in different weights and thicknesses, and is now marketed under the famous Minnis brand name.
You will come across Fresco in the best tailors as a summer suiting option, but Dashing Tweeds has worked its creative magic and worked this wonder sunshine cloth into a pair of summer shorts. The shorts are based on British military —Desert Rat-style — cargo shorts with thigh pocket. They have side adjusters rather than belt hoops, so you don't need to be weighed down by a belt when it swelters. The Fresco used is of 70% wool and 30% mohair, and cunningly resembles denim in appearance.
What a wonderful swing and swagger these shorts have. And just think of the wow factor at your local summer fête this year.