27 Nov 2016

The Inverness Cape

The perfect overcoat for kilt and breeches walking in the moisty meadows and windy round hills of Jutland is the Inverness cape.
Mine is fifty-some years old; made by Burberry in a lovely Harris Tweed.

Inverness cape, Ancient Bruce Tartan kilt, Vintage 1934 kilt jacket, shooting socks and brogue shoes


The cape is cut just above the knees, deep armholes, two large patch pockets, an overcape cut at arms lenght and a collar. The design gives great protection from wind and rain, but also when un-buttoned allows for great movement - e.g. folding the overcape over the right shoulder for shooting. 
A great design that has survived since 1880s.

Having a wee dram sitting on the shooting stick. Sláinte!

Walking in the windy hills

Made by Burberry in the 1960s

Roomy patch pockets

Harris Tweed in beautiful natural hues

Walking the dog

Laird of the hills :-)

More inspiration for Inverness cape on Pinterest : link



12 Nov 2016

The British Warm - in the countryside

The British Warm. .. perfect for the colder weather as Winter is soon upon us.The British Warm was introduced in 1914 by the Scottish company, Crombie, as a Greatcoat for British officers during WWI. Made in heavy Melton in a taupe colour; slightly shaped and cut in a lenght that still revealed part of the jodhpurs or breeches over the field boots.

Dressed for a walk in the village - British Warm and Tweeds

24 Oct 2016

The Covert Coat - an Autumn day in the Countryside

My wife and I went for a good sound walk on the grounds of the local Country House - Fussingø Slot -  this Sunday. It had been raining for days, but Sunday seemed to bid us a few dry hours; grey and cloudy, but for once dry weather. Temperatures of 8-10 degrees Celcius.
The muddy terrain called for boots and since the Country House also holds stables and horses the Equstrian look seemed appropriate.
An excellent opportunity to sport a Covert coat with riding breeches and a tweed hacking jacket.

A great view to the Country House - Fussingø slot

21 Oct 2016

The Covert Coat - in the City

The Covert Coat was originally a short topcoat worn for hunting and riding, but it also already in Edwardian times became part of the City Gent's wardrobe.
Signature features of this versatile jacket are four (sometimes five) lines of stitching at the cuffs and hem, notched lapels, flap pockets and a centre vent. The traditional colours are greenish-tan-brown-fawnish - some say to better conceal squirts of mud from hunting and riding others that the drivers wearing covert coats during a hunt were more visible for the guns.

My Covert Coat from Hackett London has all these features.
And a perfect match for a navy three-piece city suit.

Wearing the Covert Coat as a topcoat over my vintage 1967 bespoke by Gieves navy pinstripe three-piece suit

15 Oct 2016

Herring Fiennes - made by Alfred Sargent on Herring's 1966 last

My latest acquisition in chaussures are these beautiful sleek and spade-shaped brogues Herring Fiennes in a Chestnut calf.. 
Fiennes is a result of a corporation between Herring and Alfred Sargent; a good quality shoe, based on a sleek last and built with a quality English oak bark leather sole (from J.&J.F. Baker in Devonshire)  and the finest French and Italian leathers for the upper. Made on the premises of Alfred Sargent in Northampton.


Herring Fiennes in a beautiful Chestnut calf

18 Sep 2016

Morning Stroller Suit for a Sunday walk in the city

The weather has turned more September-like and once again it is time to wear the Morning Stroller suit and Homburg hat. The black single breasted jacket, black waistcoat, wingcollar and white-dotted blue bowtie are perfect attire for a Sunday stroll in the city; on paved streets, parks and museums.

A lazy stroll in the city includes breaks on benches - enjoying the present

3 Sep 2016

Handmade caps from TheTitfer

I have for the past couple of years had but a single cap that I use for my country attire; the Bond style flat cap from Pakeman, Catto & Carter in a brown-greenish Fulbrook tweed; I like the generous cut and the long peak and the shape has only improved over the course of time.
I do have more caps (flat and newsboy style) in my wardrobe,  but none of them proved to fit me properly in daily use.
So naturally I have been on the lookout for more perfect caps in different cloths and colours.
And just recently I came across Paul Booth from Kempston, Bedfordshire; a trained tailor and cutter with more than 25 years of experience in making hats and caps.

Caps from TheTitfer - a Tam O Shanter and a 1920s cap in a generous fit.