On the occasion of this weekend’s premiere of the Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, at Sundance, we are ever reminded of his iconic allegiance to the turtleneck. (Ashton Kutcher seems to have done a fine job of pulling it off himself.)
In fact, ever since we told the menswear-osphere to stop fearing the turtleneck, we’ve been noticing dapperly swaddled necks popping up everywhere—we won’t take full credit for the garment’s renaissance—on runways, in magazines, at tradeshows and even in our favorite menswear shops.
If you’ve ever wondered where the indie folk crowd gets those woodsy on-stage suits, we’ve finally got an answer.
Behold Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver. More importantly, behold his new Dunderdon tweed suit, which he’s wearing to the Grammys. (The shirt is Levi’s Vintage Clothing, for the curious.) It’s a halfway point between black tie and “wandering in the woods,” which makes it a pretty good fit.
Now that our wardrobe is firmly in winter mode, we’re donning some variety of tweed on a near-daily basis. It’s some of the most versatile stuff in our closet. So to celebrate the season of tweed, we’ve put together a quick photoset of the fabric at its best. Take notes, gentlemen.
In honor of today’s Context flash sale, we’re playing buy/sell/hold with some of the more intriguing items. (For those unversed in market lingo, “buy” means buy, “sell” means don’t buy, and “hold” means only if you want to.) The stock ranges from Woolrich flannels to Nigel Cabourn’s loudest trench coat, and we’re tackling it without pity.
Tweed and corduroy start getting a lot of love once cold weather rolls around, but it’s still remarkably hard to find our favorite wintry fabric—the velvety wonder known as moleskin.
Unlike its corded equivalent, this is basically a December-and-January item, but don’t be surprised if it becomes your favorite pant in the world for that nine-week span—something like the lower-body equivalent of a Barbour coat.
Dunderdon is responsible for the best version we’ve found, this slim-fit cotton pant. (Trend or no, we’ll skip the cargo pockets, but suit yourself.) It’s the latest in a long line of good winter gear to come out of their Gothenburg shop. Not coincidentally, those Swedish winters don’t kid around.
As you may have noticed from the recent drizzle, we’ve entered the doldrums of early fall—and it may be time to add a few bits of outerwear to your rotation. First on the docket: the scarf.
This wool item comes from Gothenburg’s Dunderdon, both gray enough to match your tweed and light enough to match the season. It’s close to the lightest outerwear piece there is, easily stuffed into a briefcase or left on a coat hanger if the weather takes a turn for the summery. Consider yourself prepared.