New Directions in Tweed

10 Mar 2014
New Collections

We recently showed our first capsule collection of tweed waistcoats and caps featuring fantastic examples of hand-made British craftmanship at its best at the Berlin Ethical Fashion Show and we are cant wait to have them on-sale later in the year.  We really think that we are on to a winning streak with the combination of tweed and organic denim.

From hand-woven tweeds to hand-cut, sewn and finished production, we are very proud that every aspect of the Cock & Bull Menswear tweed collection shouts about its artisanal skill, care and superior quality. Our manufacturing takes place in small runs, where we use richly coloured limited edition tweeds that are made interily in the United Kingdowm to our exacting standards.

Our lightweight tweed caps and waistcoats are  a speciality of Breenish Tweed and is  woven on traditional Yorkshire made Hattersley looms by three master weavers (Donald John and Murdo Smith) who have over 80 years experience between them .   While the weaving techniques are similar to that of Harris Tweed (also traditionally woven in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland) Breenish Tweed is woven from wool, lambswool and cashmere which gives it a lightweight texture. 

Traditionally all fabrics were hand-woven, imbuing them with a sense of time and space with regional differences.  Traditions and techniques were handed down from family member to family member with patterns, weaves and colouring techniques held as carefully guarded secrets.  There are quite a few processes involved in making tweed fabric including sheering, washing, colouring, blending, carding, spinning, warping, weaving and finally, inspecting and darning.  In the Scottish Highlands looms such as the Yorkshire Hattersley were once commonplace with the majority of homes possessing the vital tools to produce the hardwearing clothe of the country.  Hues and tones were traditionally produced using plants, flowers, and barks and designs produced with the colourful spectrums of the landscape.

Tweed is a fabric that comands respect.  It is deeply rooted in the traditions that allow bind us to what is important, namely, taking some time out.  Tweed gives of the essence of contemplation, consideration, patience and creativity which is why we have chosen to make it a staple in our collection and why we will continue to re-work this most noble of textiles.

Andii - March 2014

 

 

 

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