Above you can watch a video made by Pierre Spies, a London Lounger, at the beautiful Pèrre Lachise, showcasing the LL’s 14~15oz shetland houndstooth tweed milled by the Lovat Mills made up in a sporty design (unfortunately, he didn’t share the coat’s handcraft provenance). As Pierre described in his tour du propriétaire, the odd coat has a 3 to 2.5 button configuration; notch lapels with a throat latch; crescent pockets; dual vents; and, an action back.
As we’ve already discussed, IMO, a garment’s real beauty isn’t on itself, although it can be admired on itself, but on how the wearer makes use of it. For example, Pierre explained to us how his coat’s features enhances his riding experience. The throat latch warrants more body protection against the elements, which is really important when you’re riding a motorcycle (unfortunately, he didn’t share which motorcycle he rides); the crescent pockets gives easy access to whatever he has on them while he is riding, a detail smartly inspired by hacking coats; and, the action back provides more comfort while reaching for the bike handlebars.
We do admire the coat’s handcraft and how unique the design features are, but it only becomes truly beautiful when we’re “wide awake” to how it improves the wearer’s live. And that’s the definition of effortless elegance to me.
Tobacco linen suit.
We’re close to the winter here, in the southern hemisphere, but, being a clothing aficionado, I’m already thinking about my future summer commissions, as my winter commissions were thought out months ago.
Unfortunately, there’s not many tasteful options for summer suitings for an orthodox man as most patterns were developed for winter/autumn cloth, which eliminates them for summer, so we’re left with solid colors and textures to achieve diversification for our summer wardrobes.
In spite of that, it’s summer, so we can wear more unique colors! Tobacco, for example, is one of those uncommon colors, but, while being so, it’s not as flashy as light blue or white and inspires a lounging feel better than navy, in my opinion.
Also, linen, despite the complains for the wrinkles, is the perfect cloth for summer lounging, considering how breezy it’s. It has some advantages, as Will explains:
two of the better things about linen are that it is soft, much more comfortably soft than the high twist cloths or mohairs of my acquaintance, and handles perspiration well. Where cotton soaks through and can make the wearer look like he has recently emerged from a bathing pool, linen wicks moisture away quickly enough so that the wearer is more likely to look like he is accustomed to the tropics. This is a good thing.
Thus, the genesis of my, soon to be, summer suit!
Now, I’m trying to figure out which source will provide the best cloth for my (budget) suit.