Saturday, 4 March 2017
The Tyrwhitt Border Tweed Jacket
I haven't been into a Charles Tyrwhitt shop for quite some time. I'm not sure why. They have some truly decent things. And it remains one of the few high street shops that continues to sell truly classic gents clothes. They haven't panicked and made their entire range too tight, too short, too deconstructed, too shiny and too skinny. The clothes are, to a man, smart and traditional. And a belated hat tip to the superfine 180s cotton range of shirts they used to stock. A great thing to be able to find on the high street.
And if the Bath branch is anything to go by, the smartly-dressed Tyrwhitt staff are reminded of the importance of good service, delivered in whispered, reassuring tones. This is how to gain custom.
I was encouraged to see that the selection of ties, for which CT is renowned, continues to impress. I was equally impressed with the Border Tweed Jacket you see here. Sometimes hidden gems can be right under your nose.
The jacket looks better in the flesh, as it were. The photos don't convey its softness — it's a real 'toucher' — through the composition of wool, cotton and cashmere in the fabric. By my estimation, the softness and lightness means you can wear this jacket right up to July. With a pair of cream slacks, you're laughing.
The jacket has a rose pink lining, real horn buttons and working cuffs. The fabric is made in the Scottish Borders by Kynoch. I'll be keeping my eyes on Kynock. They have some impressive textured tweeds that incorporate silk, cashmere, linen or cotton to interesting effect.
The slim-fit version of the jacket fits me like a dream, though there is a classic fit option for our wider friends. You may wish to consider it. You don't want to end up with the wrong type of regret.