17 Sep 2014

Copenhagen Tweed Ride 2014

This weekend I attended the Copenhagen Tweed Ride; a very warm-hearted event with a few but dedicated and generous people. We were 60 some souls participating in the cycling trough the central historical Copenhagen; even passing by the Royal Palace, Amalienborg.
It is a true joy to see so many well dressed people in tweed!

All of us together outside of the National Gallery of Denmark (built 1889-1896)

Passing by the Royal Palace, photo by Emile Vinge
Cycling through the streets of Copenhagen, photo by Janek Mastek

I noticed many inspirational details - sartorial whatnots and accessories. Below are a few examples.

Tweed jacket made by his Grandfather for his Uncle, photo by Emile Vinge

Love Maja's red tweed suit; and the "belted" back of his suit, photo by Emile Vinge

Really love Jimmy's vintage veterinarian guncheck tweed suit, photo by Lars Winther

In regards to the means of transportion nobody could match Søren's beautiful Pashley Parabike

Prizes for best dressed man and woman, best haircut or hat for women and best moustache or beard for men were awarded to the tickled pink tweed riders.

The gentleman with the straw boater won the "Best Dressed Gentleman" award

More pictures can be found on social medias #cphtweed14

Talking to Maja at the pub, photo by Emile Vinge

10 Sep 2014

The Norfolk Jacket

Recently I acquired a beautiful Norfolk Jacket from Malford of London. As Autumn is getting closer and Copenhagen Tweed Ride coming up next weekend I will soon have an opportunity to wear this lovely garment.
The Norfolk jacket's origin dates back to the mid 19th century, but exactly where and why is apparently uncertain; either the 15th Duke of Norfolk or the Earl of Leicester - both with huge estates in the county of Norfolk - is tributed the invention of the box-pleated, belted jacket.
The jacket is very versatile and a wardrobe staple for well dressed gentlemen. Designed for various country pursuits like shooting, walking and bicycling.

My Norfolk jacket is made in Italy by Ralph Lauren company DoubleR. A three/roll four button construction; single long vent.
I have seen many interpretations of the Norfolk, but I really love this design which resembles early 1920s cuts; I am not so fond of the more generously cut 1950s version or the 1970s conventionalised and in my opinon dull interpretation.
The quality and the finish is quite good; and I am rather pleased with the narrow fit. It will surely not be the last time that I look for jackets from DoubleR company.
The tweed fabric is very soft and the colours are beautiful in reddish brown and orange hues. All buttons are of braided thick cut leather.

I had an inner chest pocket altered into an outer chest vertical slit pocket; The Norfolk being belted and high cut is meant to be closed, so in order to have access to more pockets while in the outdoor vertical chest pockets are required.

The pocket watch slides perfectly into the chest pocket
I also added a horn button on the back of the right lapel so I can close the jacket with the storm collar.
Closed storm collar
If you study the pictures I have pinned at Pinterest you will see more examples of these chest pockets; e.g. at the jacket worn by HRH Prince Philip.

HRH Prince Philip wearing a Norfolk suit