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Dashing Tweeds

  • Collaborations and Competitions

    27th April, 2016

     

     

     

     

    In a special collaboration just for London Craft Week Dashing Tweeds has worked on a unique project with Gemma Kay Waggett a celebrated textile designer and graduate of the Royal College of Art.

    Traditional techniques of stitched and smocked fabrics have entranced Gemma and she has reinterpreted these processes in experimental ways by carefully combining layers of colour and pattern using embroidery. For this project Gemma has embroidered mind expanding geometric patterns on our Lumatwill reflective tweed using a colour palette borrowed from vintage cycle caps. The enhanced tweed cloth has then been made into a limited edition range of only 8 cycle hats, produced in Yorkshire by the renowned hatters Lawrence and Foster. The project coincides with the Cycle Revolution show at the Design Museum which features a Savile Row tailored Dashing Tweeds reflective cycle suit.

    To add a contest to London Craft Week the first person on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th May to collect a commemorative postcard from the Design Museum and to cycle to the Dashing Tweeds Mayfair store at 26 Sackville Street London W1S 3HE will be awarded one of these highly desirable cycle caps.

     


  • London Craft Week

    15th April, 2016

     

    During the week of 4th - 7th May Dashing Tweeds is proudly demonstrating the process of weave design. Weaving is one of the most fundamental industries of Great Britain yet the varieties of woven cloth designs have dwindled over the years.

     

    We are bringing variety back to menswear through cloth production. All of our original modern tweeds and high concept woven textiles are designed in our London weave studio before the samples are sent for production to the best mills in the country. Using a tabletop loom in our Mayfair store we will demonstrate how we conceive entirely new fabrics that combine traditional British and antipodeans wool interwoven with the most technical yarns that our modern era can create. Dashing Tweeds uses all the skilled crafts accrued over generations and combine them fearlessly with the zeitgeist to make exceptional fabrics.

     

    The demonstrations will be held at 1pm and 4pm on the 4th, 5th and 6th May, and 11am and 3pm on the 7th May, there is no need to book, just drop in and find out more. 


  • Cycle Revolution

    1st April, 2016

     

    Dashing Tweeds is honoured to be included in the Cycle Revolution exhibition which is currently showing at the Design Museum. Since it opened in 1989 the Design Museum has become an iconic arbiter of style and design. Visited by the discerning public from around the globe, the museum always offers exhibitions which enlighten and educate.

     

     

    Always on the out look for innovations to display, the museum was fascinated by our Lumatwill fabric and the cycle suits we have been tailoring in our urban reflective tweed. They loved our stories of modernising traditional tweed sportswear with new designs inspired by townscapes and the inclusion of high tech retro reflective 3M yarns which are woven with fine Merino wools. 

     

     

    Dashing Tweeds is honoured to be included in the Cycle Revolution exhibition which is currently showing at the Design Museum. Since it opened in 1989 the Design Museum has become an iconic arbiter of style and design. Visited by the discerning public from around the globe, the museum always offers exhibitions which enlighten and educate.

     

     

    It was interesting to learn that England was the world leader in cycle transport at the turn of the last century. Of course, an exhibition which covers innovations in cycling should include a reflective tweed ‘Lumatwill’ Dashing Tweeds cycle suit and this one does not disappoint.

     

     

    The featured suit designed by us and tailored by Davies and Son of Savile Row includes elasticated 'action' shoulders for ease of movement, whilst reaching for the handle bars and a new mud splash flap which fastens up from the rear of the jacket and includes and extra hi vis panel. When not illuminated by head lights the suit simply looks like an elegant faint pinstripe three button blazer jacket and trousers, which can be worn with nonchalance around town. The showcase runs until August at Butlers Wharf so do visit.

     


  • SS16 Cloth Collection

    10th March, 2016

     

    Depictions of the cosmos both modern and historic have inspired our fabric collection this season. We have produced seven original designs, each which capture something new from our visions of outer space.

     

     

    The first three designs of our interstellar series are all an inter play of navy Merino wool and space dyed Japanese cotton. Space dying of the cotton enables the yarn colours phasing in an out along the length, the spectrum ranges from iridescent blues and greens through to navy and charcoal.

    A check design of the Japanese cotton is created in the Robson Reiver pattern. The background of dark navy Merino is woven in the more open mock lino structure and the yarns of variable colours run in both the weft and warp directions.

     

     

    The Seti is a more open mock lino weave structure and in this design the cotton yarn streaks up and down in pinstripes of colour against the ground of Merino Navy.

     

     

    In the Talla design spots of colour pulse along like signals from rotating neutron stars. The navy wool is woven in a classic twill and the subtle pinlights of colour creative a cloth wearable for more formal occasions.

     

     

    The Nebula cloth features a strong disrupted twill structure that can be seen to resemble futuristic space ship designs from the iconic 1936 series Flash Gordon. Navy and ecru yarns are used to great effect, creating the illusion of an endless series of lightening steps heading to infinity and very possibly beyond.

     

     

    The Parsec worsted cloth takes it’s name from the astronomical measurement of distance whose magnitude may be difficult to comprehend for the earth bound. Light purple Merino yarns interweave with the almost white of ecru undyed wool to form an original interlacing pattern. The light weight 10oz cloth is ideal for summer jackets and trousers.

     

     

    The Magellan design in dark navy and cream can look like an irregular horizontal wave or a form of herringbone design depending on the observer’s point of view. The pure Merino cloth is a perfect weight for summer tailoring and the subtle design can be worn to many occasions.

     

     

    The Gibbous design in a bright green wool with a navy and ecru Merino warp resembles a small basket weave turned though 45 degrees. The small 5 mm scale of the repeat looks intriguing when studied closely but from afar the green cloth shimmers like a magnetic induced plasma cloud. The soft drape of the pure Merino wool makes it ideal for the increasingly fashionable wider leg trousers. 


  • January Sale

    1st January, 2016

     

    It's January sale time, so if you have been pondering a Dashing purchase then now is the time to save 30% off all our ready to wear and accessory collections. We still have a few items from our much desired Fred Perry collaboration this year. The Harrington Jacket is down from £850 to £595 and the hats are a mere £35.

     

    Do drop into our Mayfair store at 26 Sackville Street, London W1. 


  • Christmas Opening Times

    16th December, 2015

     

    Within our shop at 26 Sackville Street, London, we will be open as usual until the 23rd December, which is from 10am - 6pm Monday - Friday, and 11am - 5pm on Saturdays.

     

    Over the Christmas holidays we will be closed from the 24th December until 4th January. If orders are placed online, we will aim to get them out as soon as possible, but please do bear with us during the holidays as there may be some delays.

     

    Any questions, please email Guy@DashingTweeds.co.uk or Holly@DashingTweeds.co.uk.


  • Selected 2015 at Dovecot Studios

    10th December, 2015

     

    Dovecot Studios is a hub of creativity using textiles and tapestry as the chosen art medium. Working with internationally famous artists such as Garry Fabian Miller and Ron Arad the studios combine traditional and modern tapestry techniques from weaving to gun-tufting.

     

    A current collaboration with Ron Arad can be seen in progress below, he is using tapestry as part of his project involving flattening 3D objects. A giant ‘flower press’ flattens cars sideways and using these art works Arad approached Dovecot to once again recreate them as a traditionally functional domestic item; the carpet.

     

    In addition to the studio work Dovecot curates an impressive exhibition every year bringing together makers chosen by an industry panel. We are honored to be a part of Selected 2015 and are showing our Lumatwill cycle suit, British wool and Merino Raglan and our Fred Perry collaboration, along with an august group of celebrated designers and makers including Timorous BeastiesMethod Studio and Gavin Burnett.

     

    The exhibition is open until the 23rd December, if you're in Edinburgh do pop in.

     


  • Twelve Men - Peter

    3rd December, 2015

     

    Continuing the series of our Twelve Men story, introducing Peter.

     

    Peter a youthful gentleman knows how to enjoy life, a feat which involves a deep understanding of past times and luxuries.
    When not working on funding acquisitions for a leading law firm, Peter squeezes in a plethora of interests alongside family life.
    Since student days when friends took him to watch Dancing Brave galloping to win, he has developed a passion for horse racing. The passion runs deeper than jaunts to Cheltenham and Goodwood in his favourite Dashing Tweeds suit. Being so keen on the sport Peter has co-owned several stallions over the years. The latest equine investment is being trained in Ireland and makes for exhilarating weekends to the Galway festival.
    Wine is another hobby that requires attention to detail to achieve an understanding and appreciation of grape varieties. How so many subtle flavours can be produced from vineyards around the globe is endlessly fascinating. The influx of New World wines a few years ago excited Peter’s palette but he is presently keen on Italian vintages. Barbaresco is his current crush and to maintain a good flow for the future his cellar is accumulating the most enticing cases.
    When not out watching cricket, playing golf or putting his encyclopaedic knowledge of British birds to the test, Peter very much enjoys listening to music. His newly acquired record player is rekindling the delights of his vinyl collection as albums by the Scott brothers, Kraftwerk and New Order are brought back to life.
    It is not surprising that when focusing on clothes Peter demands the best. A customer of Savile Row tailor Davies and Sons and revered shirtmaker Sean O’Flynn, Peter enjoys the smart nonchalant dress of the English gentleman and slightly bemoans the creeping trend for discarding neck wear at work. Keeping an eye on trends in menswear Peter takes great pleasure dressing in a distinctive yet elegant manner. Our new bomber jacket in the unique British wool weave we developed for our collaboration with Fred Perry fits the bill perfectly and as you can see Peter sports it with an easy elegance.
    For more information about our collections and the Twelve Men campaign, visit our shop at 26 Sackville Street, London W1S 3HE.

     


  • Dashing Gloves

    26th November, 2015

     

    Christmas is galloping towards us and the only thing to do is either hide in your igloo, or face up to an onslaught of drinks and shopping before peace can descend. Assuming the later is more likely for you, perhaps gloves may be the answer. These beautiful gloves are made in Dorset using our unique new tweed design ‘Iona’. The cloth is woven on the Island of Harris by the Carloway mill in the distinctive yarn of the region, and the weave structure and colours are designed by us. We chose the best quality leather for the palm and trim and they are lined in fine silk.

     

     

    Gloves come into their own in winter, but that is not to say they can’t be worn all year round. The brighter blue weave and the leather trim give a vibrancy that tops off our outfit and as you remove your gloves to shake hands they will attract admiration from all around.


  • Ningbo Fashion Week

    4th November, 2015

    To say we conquered China in a single week may be a huge exaggeration but we have certainly met with a great deal of success and delighted everyone we met with all things Dashing.

     

    The government of garment manufacturing city Ningbo very kindly invited us, and the newly formed tailoring firm George Brummell to show at their 19th international fashion week. An action packed event at venues around the city supported by TV coverage, newspaper articles and numerous influential blog posts and social media chats. We were honored to be opening the week with our Catwalk show in their beautifully designed shell shaped show space.

     

    Whilst in London the red carpet was being rolled out for chairman Xi Jinping, our venue in Ningbo was similarly bedecked as the social elite, designer glitterati and manufacturing leaders headed towards the show of British Style.

     

    The Chinese have become increasingly fascinated by English tailoring and the nuances and history of our style, so to feed their appetite and simultaneously educate we decided to put on a history show starting with relevant garments from the last two centuries and ending with the modern fusion of technology and styles of our Lumatwill cloth.

     

     

    Over the last 3 months we worked exhaustively with Savile Row cutter Frank Byars of George Brummell to design and tailor the entire catwalk show for this event, so it was with some in trepidation that we started the initial fitting of our 20 Chinese models the night before the show. Thankfully due to Franks many years of experience the fits were nigh on perfect requiring only a few minor turn ups from the team of tailors we had in the wings. Having finished the fittings at past midnight Holly and I then had to design the choreography and communicate our novel English poses to the Chinese models to prepare for dress rehearsal the following day. Thankfully the technical staff could not have been more helpful and by 1.30 am in the morning we were feeling more confident about putting on this huge event.

     

    The day of the show our team expanded to well over 40 people as the makeup team and fitters arrived to practice the rather tricky task of fitting a perfect looking white tie tails, shooting suits and plus 4s in a matter of minutes as would be required to show all 40 looks on 20 models. Whilst this took place I ran though the visuals and music I had selected to illustrate our story and tweaked the lighting design accordingly. The humid afternoon flew by rather too rapidly and in no time with a faint trickle of perspiration and the tickle of anticipation we were making final adjustments to our lineup of ice cool models swaggering in their new found delight in Norfolk Jackets, top hats, double breasted blazers, Inverness capes and reflective tweed.

     

     

     

     

     

    The lights dimed and to the opening strains of an orchestral version of greensleeves an immaculately dressed tweed coated top hat wearing Chinese gentleman stunned the audience in a contemporary look that would not have been out of place 200 years ago. Closely followed by a couple of sportsman in plus fours, leather padded jackets and a country suit in our new British wool collection as the audience gasped in delight. As hunting horns cutting through the auditorium we delighted the assembled congregation to a full hunting pinks complete with horsewhip and riding hat. The show progressed with the traditionally dressed country folk journeying in time and distance to London clad in Inverness capes and car coats in a preview of our AW 16 cloth collection. The scenes of London where accompanied by the models pacing in perfectly cut business suits in sharp pinstripes and grey flannel, showing the eager Chinese audience the correct attire for international business meetings.

     

    A taste of the English summer then delighted, as short suits in our new SS16 fabrics frolicked down the catwalk, and our best selling cotton jacquard was shown in a fabulous one show one double breasted jacket of our original design. Party clothes in stripes and elegant checks then proceeded to pace down the catwalk, as we were busy readying models for the change needed to attend a British wedding. Severn immaculately clad models then stepped out simultaneously as the pomp and circumstance of the penultimate scene unfolded. Finally 3 Lumatwill three piece suits in navy, yellow and red sharply cut with a fabulous rope shoulder construction and strode down the catwalk to bring what was later voted a by far the most popular show of the whole festival to a close.

     

     

    To watch the whole show, follow the link to our video.


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