High/Low Tweeds

January 1st, 2016

Here’s to making 2016 the year that you finally invest in that perfect tweed suit.

Six years later I’m still wearing my first tweed purchase which speaks to the lasting power of such a fabric, especially considering how much has “changed” in menswear (and my personal style) since 2010. Our Natural Tweed Suit was actually inspired by that old post, just like our Monochrome Donegal Suit was inspired by this oldie but goodie.

A quality tweed is a timeless investment that, as our boy Wes here will show you, can be dressed-up or dressed-down whether you’re a city slicker or a country boy.

    Midtown Tweed

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    A properly tailored tweed can be all-business, not all-country, if it’s a dark earthy color like this forest green or this medium grey.

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    Downtown Tweed

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    When night falls, lose the shirt and tie and modernize your tweed suit with some simple athletic-inspired pieces, like a grey crewneck sweatshirt and a pair of low-top canvas sneakers.

    This is just another example of how simple it is to be comfortable and stylish when you have a great-fitting unstructured suit cut from a seasonal cloth.

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    Learn more about our custom Forest Tweed suit and our online fitting process.

    Country Tweed

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    For the rural businessman there isn’t a fabric more suited (get it?) than an undyed tweed in all of its natural glory. Think of a suit purchase like this as a long-term investment in two staple wardrobe pieces; a go-to sportcoat and a universal pair of trousers – which you can also wear as a suit.

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    Ranch Tweed

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    Same suit, day-off.

    Adding the waistcoat to a suit purchase (making it a three-piece) is another great way to extend your wardrobe, as it gives you several more options to wear the fabric in different settings. Here, for example, Wes goes 2-out-of-3 with a waxed Barbour (vintage, of course) and some suede chukka boots. Simple, not fresh.

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    I could tell you all about the quality of our hand-picked fabrics and the accuracy of our exclusive online fitting process, but it would probably be more meaningful coming from someone who’s gone through the process. Therefore, I’d like to share some feedback we recently received from our first client to receive his custom-tailored tweed suit:

    “I finally received my Natural Tweed 3-piece Suit and couldn’t be happier. Definitely the best Christmas gift I got… even though I bought it myself.

    If anyone is considering a fall or winter suit that will stand the test of time – this is it. The pictures don’t do it justice. In person you can really see the intricate weave of tan and brown hues, which creates this wonderful earthy, warm tone. It’s a poor analogy, but the suit looks like it was carved from a cliffside of the Scottish isles. That’s the best way I can describe it. It’s rugged, manly and sophisticated at the same time. The fabric is a work of art.

    Also, Dan and the team did a fantastic job of altering and tailoring the garment to my unique shape. I have a closet full of custom tailored Brooks Brothers suits, and this suit just fits better. It’s slimmer in all the right places, but not tight or restricting. I don’t know how Dan was able to craft a suit that fits so well based on some grainy IPhone pictures, but he did. After trying on the suit, I felt like all my other suits were baggy, sloppy messes. Kudos.

    The garment is also surprisingly interchangeable. So far I’ve paired the jacket with navy flannel, forest green wool, chocolate wool and cream twill pants. They all match beautifully.

    The only downside I’ve noticed is that the fabric is a bit itchy. The unconstructed interior leaves a lot of bare wool, and I wouldn’t wear this with any kind of T-shirt, or even a cotton button-up without an undershirt. It’s not horrible, and it really isn’t an issue for me, but it is itchy nonetheless. I’d compare it to the itchiness of a lamb’s wool sweater. Not unbearable by any means.

    To wrap it up, definitely worth it. All the way. Once you try this on, you just feel like a country gentleman.”

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for the honest feedback Nick!

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    Learn more about our custom Natural Tweed suit and our online fitting process.

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    Photography by Alex Crawford. Modeling by Wes Dimagiba

    • AdamE

      Great shots and great looking pieces!

    • LarsBrown.

      I’ve had my eye on these tweed pieces since you guys launched. I only hope there’s still some fabric left by the time you’re shipping to the UK.

      The Barbour shots are my style to a tee. Amazing photography.

      Happy New Year, Dan, Alex and Wes!

    • tommyjohn_45

      Wes looks like he’s casting for a part in The Hateful Eight in look three! That Barbour vintage is legit, I think I need to get back to NYC and do some vintage hunting soon.

      Great article showing the versatility of a tweed suit.

    • http://www.vincentnappi.com/ Vincent Nappi

      Man, these shots are all fantastic and seriously making me reconsider tweed. Very nice article.

    • TO

      Did You and Wes go upstate NY for this one? Extra nice work on the lens, Alex. The Barbour mashup is pretty fresh.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Happy New Year TO. This was shot in Massachusetts, about 30 minutes from our manufacturer Southwick. The team and I stayed in a house on this beautiful horse ranch during our recent visit. Forest set shot in Bushwick Brooklyn.