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Capsule New York, by the Numbers

Every year around this time, the pantheon of fine menswear purveyors sets up shop in a warehouse deep in the hinterlands of Manhattan. And every year around this time, we trek downtown to check it out. Since most brands show clothes that won’t be available for about six months—and because the show is enormous—we decided the best thing to do was break it down, using our patented scientific formula.

Ergo, Capsule New York 2013, by the numbers:»

Make It Brief

  • Najib Benouar

Two of the most storied rugged fabrics still in production are together at last.

Americana torchbearer Filson has gotten together with Scotland’s Harris Tweed to reissue their Original Briefcase in Twill and Tweed. (It even rolls off the tongue nicely.) It’s got Filson’s 22-ounce oil-finish rugged twill and the hearty, knotty Harris tweed that’s stood up to the punishment of the Scottish backcountry for over a century. And it should stand up to the rigors of your office commute—while injecting a bit more tweediness into your daily routine.

You can never have enough tweediness.

The San Francisco Tweed

  • Najib Benouar

The folks at Unionmade (not to be confused with union-hyphen-made) know a thing or two about a good collaboration.

So they recently called up the legendary Harris Tweed factory in Scotland and ordered a few hundred yards of their finest Donegals, windowpanes and flecked herringbones, and sent the lot to their favorite labels to see what they’d come up with. The result: a handsome kaleidoscope of tweediness: totes from Filson, a spectacular blazer from Todd Snyder, a gaggle of cozy down-stuffed tweed from Crescent Down Works and more. You can find Unionmade Harris Tweed in its entirety here, if you’re considering the notion of more tweed in your life—a natural instinct around this time of year.

And you can see the rest of the lookbook, which makes the Northern Californian coast feel even more Scottish than expected, after the jump.»

The Stat Sheet: Kith Letterman Jacket

  • Najib Benouar

It’s not often that trad and athletic apparel intersect. (And even less often that it looks even remotely wearable.)

So we were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this handsome jacket from the latest triple collaboration between NYC shop Kith, Scotland’s Harris Tweed and the Californian standard-bearers of the varsity jacket, Golden Bear. Here’s what else you should know.

The Story: Kith combined two of their loves, Harris Tweed and Golden Bear varsity jackets, to make a limited-run collection of two jackets and a vest.

Who to Channel: Michael J. Fox in the original Teen Wolf—if the movie were set in Edinburgh. (Not to be confused with Jason Bateman in Teen Wolf Too.)

When to Wear It: The quilted lining with the tweed and leather outer should have you in good shape through winter.

Degree of Difficulty: Low, as long as it’s the only article of tweed (or leather) you’re wearing. Exponentially higher if it’s not.

See the varsity jacket in its natural habitat, courtesy of Take Ivy, after the jump.»

Alyssa Arce Didn’t See You There

The Old Ways: ACL shares the story of a traditional October hunting trip, complete with video. [A Continuous Lean]

Awesome People Hanging Out Together: We know, it sounds like a blogger fantasy, but apparently Picasso and Gary Cooper were pretty close in the ’50s. [Driven]

All in the Weave: A look at the faces, threads and machines that bring you Harris Tweed. [Brain Pickings]

Cords of the Future: And in honor of Corduroy Day (that’s 11/11/11, get it?), we offer this pair of Ovadia cargo cords. [Ovadia & Sons]

And to all a good weekend!

The Leather Jacket Goes Tweed

We usually have a hard time getting excited about gear that won’t be in stores for more than six months, but this one—from Schott's Perfecto brand—is the exception.

You might remember the shape as the classic Schott leather jacket, of the Ramones, Brando and a whole lot of bikers. The fabric, on the other hand, is genuine Harris Tweed, of Doctor Who, Miss Marple and a whole lot of Latin teachers.

We’re big fans of both, but we never would have imagined the quintessential biker item made from the stuffiest fabric in the UK. Needless to say, we can’t way to see this one in the wild once August rolls around.

The Power of Tweed


Now that we’re headed into prime layering season, it’s worth brushing up on your fundamentals—and see how the pros do it when they’ve got a whole collection at their disposal.

This gentleman, lifted from Wings + Horns Fall/Winter lookbook, pulls it off just about perfectly. The goal is to keep your deep-winter coat in the closet as long as possible, and a good supply of sweaters, scarves and blazers can carry you all the way to Halloween.

The most important item, as you might have guessed, is that jacket. It’s a little professorial, but as you might have guessed from this month’s GQ, that’s not such a bad thing these days. And since older is better in this instance—and the magic words “Harris Tweed” just about assure you’ll get something beautiful—you should be able to find some real treasures in the vintage world. Just know your sizes and don’t be squeamish about taking them to the tailor.