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Tweed: The Gentleman’s Fabric

There’s no denying that tweed has been central to British style for centuries and as purveyors of luxury menswear, we’re undeniable fans of this durable material. From the family tweed inherited from parents to prime pieces created for the great outdoors, tweed’s possibilities are endless.

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Why you should try it

This natural fibre was invented in the 18th century by Scottish farmers to help them make it through their seemingly eternal winters. It was originally extremely thick and didn’t feature the bright and intricate designs it’s now renowned for.

Tweed as we know it today was developed in the 1830s, when it became a favourite for the British aristocracy. It's all-weather properties made it a fabric of choice for staff uniforms on country estates, and for aristocrats on their hunting trips – these aristocratic families often commissioned unique estate tweeds that would blend in with the surroundings of their grounds.

The 1840s saw improved production methods, making tweed a more affordable and attainable fabric. Tweed has had many lives, it started off as a worker’s best friend and has weaved its way to becoming a quintessentially British fabric that can be added to any outfit for a touch of class.

When you should wear it & what you should wear it with

Tweed really comes into its own throughout winter; the cooler months need to be accompanied with a durable material. It’s the perfect way to avoid bulky layers, a heavyweight tweed blazer is the perfect piece to finish off your everyday office look. The beauty of tweed is that it can be dressed down, too. A Hackett favourite is the tweed front merino wool zip sweater paired with jumbo corduroy chinos for a cosy weekend stroll.

Steel grey chinos and a crisp white shirt are staples in any gentleman’s wardrobe, so why not add a Harris tweed mid-blue and burnt orange checked waistcoat for a touch of character? If you want to add an air of aristocratic grace then pair a tweed flat cap alongside your trusty wax jacket. A rich brown Prince of Wales check can be paired with denim to make for a modern affair, finished off with a pair of worker boots.