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Dashing Tweeds

  • 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.


  • Wool Week

    12th October, 2015

     

    Gentleman of London flocked to Savile Row this Monday for the start of Wool Week. Campaign for Wool has been championing the fibre around the world but Savile Row, the spiritual home of the suit  is the ultimate location for elucidating the magical transformation of fleece to over coat.

     

    Savile Row was transformed for the day into an arcadian backdrop complete with flocks of Exmoor sheep and Bowmont Merino, whilst 25 models sauntered along the grass laid Row flaunting the skilful creations of London tailors. We teamed up with two hundred year old Davies and Sons to make a modern cycle suit for the traveller category of the show. Using traditional tailoring techniques the excellent fitting suit allows easy movement and is tailored in our original reflective Lumatwill cloth, a weave of fine Merino wool with hi tech retro reflective yarns. The jacket features an action shoulder, initially developed for shooting suits but equally applicable when reaching for handle bars. The jacket cuffs and trouser bottoms both feature an extra reflective strap which fastens and prevents flapping fabric. An additional aspect of the design is a double vented highly reflective panel which buttons up whilst cycling, increasing visibility as well as preventing water spray ruining the back. The whole outfit is topped off with a windswept hat from Karen Henriksen.

     


  • Sheep on the Row

    22nd September, 2015

     

    Drop by Savile Row on Monday 5th October. No, you will not still be hallucinating from the weekend, sheep really will be grazing in Mayfair. Savile Row will be transformed into a green pasture, covered in turf and closed to traffic while Bowmont Merino and Exmoor sheep graze along the street.

     

    The event is the start of Wool Week 2015 organised by The Campaign for Wool. We are very excited to be a part of the event. Models will showcase over 25 bespoke menswear outfits and demonstrate the versatility that can be found in wool. We are partnering with Davies & Sons and together are creating an urban sportswear suit in our unique Lumatwill cloth.

     

    Barns will be at either end of the Row focusing on the landscapes of the main wool growing countries, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. Murdock London, the men’s groomers will support the Campaign with a ‘Shearing Shed’ offering a menu of sheep-inspired grooming treatments. GQ Magazine will partner with the Campaign to capture visitors to the Row in a ‘wool street style’ reportage of the best dressed men in London.

     

    The event runs from 10am to 6pm. Come early before the Row is rammed.

     

    In addition Thursday 8th October is “Wool Night Out” with evening shopping around the Savile Row area. We are part of the evening event where we will be open until 9pm, so do drop by our shop at 26 Sackville Street W1S 3HE for a few drinks and ‘baaah snacks’.


  • Fashion Beans

    10th August, 2015

     

    We really love following the Fashion Beans site, and would like to thank them for featuring our latest collaboration with Fred Perry.

     

    All the pieces are now available from our online store, as well as in store at 26 Sackville Street, London, W1S 3HE.


  • Fred Perry Collaboration

    5th August, 2015

     

     

    Collaboration is a key ethos for us and it seemed like a natural progression to work with British brand Fred Perry, synonymous with the iconic sportsman and his cotton pique tennis innovative tennis shirts.

     

     

    Fred Perry has its heart in British sportswear and street wear yet from the beginning was focused on developing technical improvements to his shirts using lightweight honeycomb structured fabrics and was instrumental in developing the performance enhancing sweatlette. Our aim has been to make traditional British country sportswear urban and modern using fabric development and technological yarns. Both companies share a sense of sporting tradition, yet are sold in the arena of forward looking fashion.

     

     

    We developed a unique reflective tweed cloth for Fred Perry designed in our East London studio and woven on the Scottish borders. Using British wool, which is currently undergoing a renaissance, having been eclipsed for years by imports.

     

     

    For this unique fabric development both brands were interested in a British story. The hard wearing wool is woven in Langholm and reflective yarn from 3M is interwoven every 10mm to create the special Lumatwill fabric. To add to the technical specifications a Teflon treatment is applied during the finishing process which imparts an extra degree of waterproofing as well as protection from grease and hard-wear.


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