Jason Disley

The hero of Winter dressing will always be the overcoat. Warm, luxurious and thoroughly practical, a beautifully tailored overcoat gives any wearer an air of stature and style.

According to The Rake ‘London shoemaker Wildsmith is credited with creating the first modern loafer in 1926 for client King George VI, in response to the stuttering regent’s request for a bespoke casual shoe he could ‘loaf’ around his country houses in. A beefier ready-to-wear rendition suitable for outdoor use was soon put into production, and the style was quickly emulated by many more of Britain’s gentlemen’s shoemakers.’

When you do some research on the Pea coat you find some different origins. Probably, like with many things that people independently of each other, they have had the same idea or at least quite similar ideas to solve a problem.

Although it was originally called buta or boteh, meaning “flower,” People have seen resemblances to lotus flowers, a mango, a leech, yin and yang, a dragon, and a cypress pine.

Corduroy, is it the marmite of fabrics? Some love it for its texture and wearability. Some hate it because it is a fabric associated with the old fashioned stereotypical style of Geography teachers, pensioners, and those considered to be out of step geeks.

There are some accessories that have a gravitas that elevates a persona a little. It’s not an essential item, and as we begin to move towards a cashless society, so they are becoming rarer, and generally only used by the wealthy who like to flaunt their wealth, and use cash to pay tips, and for other items where cash is the favoured currency.

Thursday, 01 October 2020 09:45

Weaving A Tale Of Tweed

In recent years, Harris Tweed has achieved cult status having been rediscovered by the fashion industry.

We sometimes forget the impressive history behind some elements of fashion and style. From the earliest evidence of woven fabrics, bone embroidery needles and shell jewellery, to the overhaul of manufacturing methods in the Industrial Age. Embellishments have evolved, and some styles have fared better than others, and have proven to remain for centuries.

So, as the nation bathes in an Indian Summer, with beautiful sunshine during mid-September, so I take a look at a fashion staple. It doesn’t belong to any particular style, although some style tribes may have appropriated it more than others. There is no doubt though, that at some point all of us will have worn one. Either simply to be cooler in hot weather, or as an extra layer beneath a shirt or sweater. I am of course writing about the simple white t-shirt.

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