Worn

Garments are made as and when — as and when cloth is available, as and when designs are ready, as and when weather turns. Since this page shows garments being worn, it too is updated as and when, steadily through the year.

Knitwear is a handy thing in spring and summer — introducing as it does a dose of texture to what tend to be otherwise fairly simple and flat materials. Take the raglan cardigan, which is made from three-ply super-soft cotton — with its moderately chunky tuck-stitch facing inwards on body and sleeve, but outwards on the pockets.

The cardigan is fully-fashioned — made intricately, and pieced together like a tailored garment — and hand-loomed — it is made on a small, hand-operated machine rather than a vast knitting automaton. (And a word on the shirt: a crisp, dry blend of cotton and linen, and imbued throughout with speck and slub.)

It stands to reason that the balmacaan, being colloquial in places hilly and remote in Scotland for “walking coat”, wouldn’t look much out of place in the Highlands: heavy herringbone tweed, deep welt pockets, collar which goes all the way over the chin. Not unwelcome when the going gets drizzly here in the lowlands, either.

The hood jacket has never been more winter-ready — made as it is with a new type of cloth from the water-haters at Ventile in Lancashire: a luggage-weight variety of their classic weather-proof cotton, equivalent in heft to 15oz canvas, but with all the same hydrophobic super-abilities as standard strains of Ventile.

It is, on the face of it, a mostly traditional sort of duffle coat: full of length, square patch pockets, and instead of a lining, the reliance on the warmth of the outer cloth. There are, though, a few breaks with tradition: the split-shoulder construction — part inset, part raglan — plus the peak hood, and concealed under-yoke pocket.

It stands to reason that the balmacaan, being colloquial in places hilly and remote in Scotland for “walking coat”, wouldn’t look much out of place in the Highlands: heavy herringbone tweed, deep welt pockets, collar which goes all the way over the chin. Not unwelcome when the going gets drizzly here in the lowlands, either.

The hood jacket has never been more winter-ready — made as it is with a new type of cloth from the water-haters at Ventile in Lancashire: a luggage-weight variety of their classic weather-proof cotton, equivalent in heft to 15oz canvas, but with all the same hydrophobic super-abilities as standard strains of Ventile.

It is, on the face of it, a mostly traditional sort of duffle coat: full of length, square patch pockets, and instead of a lining, the reliance on the warmth of the outer cloth. There are, though, a few breaks with tradition: the split-shoulder construction — part inset, part raglan — plus the peak hood, and concealed under-yoke pocket.

Worn previously

    • September 2015 — March 2016
      The heavy Donegal tweed balmacaan made its debut, as did the heavy duffle coat and, indeed, the heavy fur-felt hat. Lots of heavy things, then, for the colder months.
    • March — August 2015
      New linens came to the forefront: linen from the south coast of Ireland; linen hand-woven in the Outer Hebrides; linen knitted into crewnecks and cardigans.
    • September 2014 — February 2015
      Cloth development came thick and fast: yarn-dyed Ventile at the start of the period, and tweed made with organic and heritage fleece in the Inner Hebrides at the close.
    • January — August 2014
      Along came the SB1 jacket in hand-woven indigo cotton, the link-stitch crewneck and cardigan, the porkpie Ventile cotton hat, and a brace of cottons from Lancashire.
    • September — December 2013
      The cotton-twill trench coat rounded the year off, but before that came the peacoat and SB3 in Donegal's finest, as well as lambswool knitwear both heavy and light.
    • January — August 2013
      The first half of the year began with the three-button Tetris tweed blazer and concluded with an assortment of corduroy and cotton numbers — plus some shorts.
    • August — December 2012
      Heavyweight tuck-stitch jumpers, the wool-tweed peacoat made with the one-man-mill, and the debut of both the reversible jacket and the Ventile mac.
    • December 2011 — June 2012
      Early spring was met by the British Millerain dry-wax and cashmere mac, and kept busy with the linen suit, new tour jacket, and two-button neat jacket.
    • August — November 2011
      The last few months of 2011 witnessed the release of the chalkstripe-wool seam overshirt, the hopsack tweed neat jacket, and the birdseye wool-cashmere blazer.
    • February — May 2011
      Spring and early summer saw linen semi-cutaway shirts, the horizontal cord blazer, panama stowaway overshirts, and the cycle-friendly brushed cotton tour jacket.
    • September 2010 — January 2011
      The work jacket made a first appearance in French navy cotton-twill and charcoal wool-cashmere. And, on the knitwear front, Shetland Isle moss-stitch jumpers.
    • May — August 2010
      Five mostly interchangeable garments were made over the middle months of the year: two semi-cutaway shirts, two cotton-drill trousers, and a corduroy overshirt.