The Tyrwhitt Border Tweed Jacket

Real Toucher

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.


  1. Classic fit is classic.
    Slim-fit is not classic.

    1. Thanks Anon. I'm glad of the options. Classic fit tends to bury me. Best wishes, Tweedy

  2. Dear Tweedy,
    This is my first time writing in, but I have to say I absolutely love your site.
    I have several CT jackets and honestly have no complaints. They seem to be well constructed and are often sourced from a British mill. My only complaint with CT is that it seems most of their clothing is made somewhere other than the UK. For example, if they have an article of clothing actually made in the UK or Italy (usually ties, occasionally sweaters) they go out of their way to tout the fact. Otherwise, most of their clothes are listed as "imported".
    Like I said, I have no complaints with the CT jackets I own and they have lasted me several years, but I am trying to be more intentional about buying Europen clothes actually made in Europe!
    Great site, keep up the great work.

    1. Thanks Anon. I concur with your sentiments. I always try and buy as British as possible. Or, if it's an Italian brand, as Italian as possible and so on. Some smaller brands and companies that I feature achieve a level of provenance to an incredible degree. Beyond that, marks are awarded on quality and any attempts to support local manufacturers. Glad you like the site. Do get in touch with any tips or suggestions. Best wishes, Tweedy


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