ANDERSON & SHEPPARD + SHETLAND WOOL = THE PERFECT MARRIAGE

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Don’t give me millionaire’s cashmere, super 220’s, guanaco with diamond dust or some fancy worsted with 24K gold pinstriped (although I do love guanaco). Yes I know, how can one not love cashmere or any other majestic cloth meant to be cut by a most noble artisan tailor?

But for me, bespoke and shetland is the match. The charm and beauty of shetland, which maybe is almost mythical, are not the obvious choices when one is bespeaking a jacket, especially in today’s modern world Loro and Zegna cloths.

Anderson & Sheppard is the choice if you’re going to cut a bolt of precious shetland, making indeed the perfect marriage. A&S respects the slightly fuzzy, somewhat scratchy, and always endearing cloth, treating it like a most divine cashmere. You can’t have shoulder pads with shetland. You can’t fuse shetland. Shetland breathes, and depending on weight has drape and needs soft canvassing.

What I first found so appealing about this particular sport coat is the contrast of the exquisite, elegant handwork from a master Anderson & Sheppard tailor and the pure honesty of this most honorable Scottish cloth.

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Camel and light brown herring.

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Here matched with a Finamore Napoli shirt and wool herringbone Charvet tie and cream-colored wool trousers from Anderson & Sheppard, and a cotton wool challis tattersall pocket square hand sewn by yours truly.

 

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The stunning, bejeweled silk boutonniere on a sea of shetland is pure magic.

 

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Hand sewn sham buttonholes give a lovely finish to the sleeve cuffs.

 

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I have four remaining pocket squares cut from one of my many vaults of vintage cloths. This is an 80% cotton, 20% wool English challis. The ground is in natural with a tattersall check of navy, thistle green and light tobacco.

 

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16 1/8″ x 16 1/8″ – $60

15 3/4″ x 15 3/4″ – $60

13 3/4″ x 13 3/4″ – $55

13 3/4″ x 13 3/4″ – $55

Please contact me at ac@dcbs.com

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