23 Nov 2015

The 1967 vintage bespoke brown houndstooth check suit

A recent acquiry is this lovely vintage bespoke brown houndstooth check suit; made in Exeter, England in 1967 for a British lieutenant, Royal Marines.
Two-roll-three button SB jacket; no vents. Single pleated trousers with tapered legs. Waistcoat with lapels. Real horn buttons. Beautiful hues.
A true classic.
Only alteration needed was a 1 1/4" sleeve lenghtening.

The houndstooth check originated in the Scottish Lowlands in the 1800s. The traditional houndstooth check is made with alternating bands of four dark and four light threads in both warp and weft. Fillings woven in a simple 2:2 twill, advancing one thread each pass.

Today I wore the suit with a double-cuffed striped shirt and a detachable round collar from Darcy Clothing; a narrow plum silk tie; and dark oak brogue shoes.

In the with-drawing room

8 Nov 2015

The Borsalino Trilby from Hatters Petitgas in Copenhagen

Last weekend I visited the exquisite hatshop Petitgas in Copenhagen and was once again taken by the wits and charms of owner Bernhard Tommerup and his lovely wife.
First time we met was at the Copenhagen Tweed Ride in September when I won the prize for best dressed Gentleman; the prize being a gift voucher to Tommerup's hatshop (link to blog post)

The Petitgas hatshop has been in the same locations since 1857; and much of the interiour remains unchanged. Saying is that Hans Christian Andersen frequented this charming hatshop in KĂžbmagergade.
Hats were made in the back building and as many as 40 people were part of the manufacturing back then. Nowadays hats are not being made here anymore; but quality hats like Borsalino, Mayser and Stetson are in the cupboards and shelves. Bernhard took over the business in January 2013.

Bernhard and his wife have great knowledge about the various hats; furfelt; colours; shapes etc. and will kindly tell you which hats are suitable for you.
Even before I arrived they already knew that I would end up buying this lovely gunmetal furfelt Trilby from Italian Borsalino.
(Only today it struck me that Borsalino started making their quality hats the exact same year as Monsieur Petitgas opened his hatshop in Copenhagen; anno 1857).

I wore my new Borsalino for a Sunday stroll with Spouse and dog in the park surrounding my old Gymnasium. I wore my vintage 1950s dark blue King Coat over a vintage 1960s three-piece brownish Glen Check suit. Handmade shoes from Vass in antique cognac and English tan unlined gloves from Dents.

At the main entrance of my old Gymnasium

2 Nov 2015

End of Season Field Hunting in North Zealand

The first Sunday in November every year since anno 1900 the Danish field hunting society celebrates the end of seasons with a spectacular race in "Dyrehaven" (the deer garden) north of Copenhagen.
The unique area centered by the early-18th-century Baroc country house "Eremitagen" - originally a hunting lodge for the Danish King Christian VI - was in 2015 added to the UNESCO World Heritage list
The orthogonal grid design is exclusively designed for the past par force huntings enjoyed by King and nobility.

Nowadays par force hunting with packs of hounds has been abolished and the field hunt on St. Hubert's Day is a parade ended by a final race towards "Eremitagen"; still a spectacular sight with beautiful hoofed creatures and hunting pink jackets.
The field hunting society has 24-25 annual hunts across woodlands and estates all over Denmark during Spring and Fall. The horsemen participating in most hunts during the two seasons qualify to the final race in "Dyrehaven" - and the chance to win His Royal Highness the Prince Consort's prize.

My wife and I joined our friends from the Copenhagen Tweed Ride Society for a lovely day out in the stunning autumnly woods and fields. The weather was quite good even though the sun was hiding and the hues of the leaves being too subtle.
As many as 40,000 people followed the 160 horsemen this Sunday!

As a small anecdote I can share with you that when the hunting horn blowers played the classical French drinking song "Chevaliers de la table ronde" before the hunt started I sent kind thoughts to my High School French teacher and my class mates...

Waiting for the final race in front of the early-18th-century Baroc hunting lodge.
The Danish Royal family is watching from the balcony
final briefing before the hunt starts

Time passing discussing sartorial matters with Mikkel, Alice and Jimmy

Mikkel testing my antique wooden shooting stick

Beautiful creatures and much drama

The deer watched us with curiosity - seeming to know that the hunt was not for Ungulates today