8 Dec 2016

Brown Field Riding Boots

I have always admired the look of the dashing British officers and Gentlemen in Riding boots; from the bloody fields of Flanders to the vast fields of old Blighty.
I have been on the lookout for a pair of tall brown Field boots for years and only recently I found the exact right pair of boots at the lovely little specialist shop for hunting clothes and accessories: the Vintage Tack Room.

Brown Field Riding Boots; Heavy-weight cavalry-twill riding breeches; and a British Warm: dressed for Bike Polo

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

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.

31 Aug 2016

Polo match - Morning Suit and Top hat

The Polo sport in Denmark is still quite insignificant as we only have a single Polo club and very few people who actually pick up the mallet and play Polo.
So naturally only few Polo matches take place in Denmark; but recently in one of the most beautiful of venues and on one of the last Summer days a match between Denmark and Sweden took place.
I dusted of the old Topper and the cashmere stripes and brought the Mrs. ..

Sporting my vintage 1930s morning suit with a black waistcoat, a white shirt with detachable wing collar (from Darcy Clothing) and a repp stripe Burgundy silk tie from Purdey's

17 Aug 2016

A Prince of Wales Glen Plaid Two-piece Suit with blue Windowpanes

An all time favourite of mine is the beautiful Prince of Wales or Glen Plaid check, so when I first laid my eyes on this suit I immediately fell in love. The colours are quite nice and especially the sky-blue window pane looks fabulous.
Furthermore the suit is bespoke made by a true craftsman, which you can see in the cut, how the canvassing and the lapels are done and the details of the handmade buttonholes.
All tailor labels have sadly been removed. Based on the the fabric and the slim cut I estimate the suit to be of the 1960s.
The fabric is medium to heavy weight and great for all year in Denmark except for the Summer.

I like to wear plain blue shirts with this suit: blue to catch and enhance the hue from the windowpanes and plain as the check pattern itself does not call for more disturbances from stripes, checks or other patterns in shirt and tie.

wearing my two-piece POW check suit, a light blue Stenström's shirt (to match the blue windowpanes), a blue, whitedotted, handrolled Shantung Grenadine tie from Drakes London. Dark Oak Cheaney & Son brogue shoes.

3 Aug 2016

Houndstooth Check suit from bespoke tailors Meyer &Mortimer

My sartorial adventures have lead me pass many tailors but my favourite suits are all from military outfitters and bespoke tailors Meyer & Mortimer of Sackville Street, London.
This lovely two-piece houndstooth check suit was made in 1973 - commisioned by a British Major. A very versatile suit that I use for both office attire and leisure.

Grey Houndstooth Check suit

21 Jul 2016

Vintage 1930s/40s boating blazer from Arthur Shepherd, Cambridge

I love the colourful sports blazers that have been a part of British Summer scene for more than a hundred years. For me the striped boating blazer is quintessential British; I had to have one in my wardrobe - and preferably a really old piece.

I recently acquired this old sports jacket via Ebay; it was dirty, smelly and had a few moth holes and stains at the back, but still a marvelous piece from Gentleman’s Outfitter Arthur Shepherd, Trinity Street, Cambridge.

At the 12th Chap Olympiad, Bedford Square, London. Wearing the striped boating blazer, white linen trousers (1939 vintage), white shirt and detachable bow tie collar (Darcy Clothing) and white brogues from Doucal’s.
(Photo by my chum Mikkel Mastek)

18 Jul 2016

The Chap Olympiad 2016

For me the Chap Olympiad is drawing references to the great British traditions of grand sports events where people high and low come from far & away to meet friends and family, to cheer, to picnic, to enjoy alcoholic beverages, and to watch sports; like Henley, Wimbledon, Ascot and the likes that come like pearls on a string from early Spring and onwards. People dress up attending these events as spectators; makes an effort.

I attended the event at Bedford Square gardens this weekend; the 12th annual Chap Olympiad.
I just went for the weekend staying at London University in Bloomsbury a mere 3 minute walk from Bedford Square. I had hoped to meet and talk with some of the many chaps and chapettes that I have met in the online universe of Instagram, but I never expected such a lovely day in the company of so many happy, devoted, and accomodating people.

The impeccably dressed @Londonchap and I discussing sartorial matters while sipping champagne

10 Jul 2016

Kilt in heathery hills

When one puts a genuine interest in Gentleman's clothing one have to consider also the kilt.
We all know the pictures of the brave Scotsmen in kilt running in the Highlands; and who would not like to be associated with that?!
A couple of years ago I got this beautiful vintage 1934 bespoke-made tweed kilt jacket and ever since considered to acquire a kilt, too. Only recently I got this lovely vintage kilt from my favourite Gentleman's Outfitter Hogspear. The kilt is in ancient Bruce tartan - really well made and heavy!

This weekend the kilt got it's first outing when my wife and I went hiking in the nearby National Park Rebild in Jutland, Denmark.

Walking in the lovely hills of National Park Rebild.
Vintage 1934 tweed kilt jacket; ancient Bruce tartan kilt; and a hand made sporran

25 Jun 2016

Perlustraing at Instagram for the past 6 months

Pardon my lack of attention to this blog; I have been perlustrating at Instagram the past 6 months.
Follow my account: instagram.com/haethaenstat/

29 Feb 2016

Oatmeal Tweed breeches from E.Tautz & Sons

This weekend my wife and I went for a long walk in the countryside next to the inlet of Kalø in the Aarhus Bay area. The weather was perfect for walking near the sea: a clear blue sky and the sea calm as a mirror. 3-4 degrees Celsius called for Tweed, but not necessarily an overcoat.

I wore my Norfolk jacket and a new-to-me pair of 1940s oatmeal Tweed breeches from E. Tautz & Sons, Oxford Street, London.
Edward Tautz founded the company in 1867 and specialised in the hunting-field and military men; considered a specialist in breeches. In 1886, in court, he proved his invention of the original knickerbocker breeches.
The Tweed is very soft; loosely woven in beige and brown yarns. Fishtail back and brace buttons.
From my favorite Gentleman's Outfitter: Hogspear.

We visited the ruins of a Medieval stronghold from AD 1313 beautifully situated on a small peninsular in the beautiful Aarhus Bay.

Tweed cap from Pakeman, Catto & Carter; detachable double round collar; silk tie; pearl tie tack pin; houndstooth Tweed waistcoat; Norfolk jacket from DoubleRL; vintage oatmeal Tweed breeches; green shootingsocks; dark brown longwing brogue shoes; unlined calfskin gloves; ash knob walking stick

10 Jan 2016

Jarvis takes charge

It's important to have a good man taking care of your chaussures; not to end up in the same soup as Bertie Wooster did when the young blighter Edwin attended to Bertie's brown shoes in the time before Jeeves took charge,
To be able to protect his garments from dirt and shoe polish Jarvis will wear protective sleeves and an apron when doing the shoes and boots; the Morning Coat on the hanger nearby.
One could buy one's shoe polish or make it following the old recipe from Mrs. Beeton in her 1861 Book of Household Management.

My man Jarvis takes charge; attending to the shoes