Transitional dressing is no simple task, but the versatility and timeless style of tweed makes it an effortless fabric option that is never far from the sartorial trend radar. And what better way to greet the crisp air and falling leaves of autumn than with a newly tailored tweed overcoat?
We’re delighted to reveal our revamped White Rose collections, just in time for the new season. Available in late October, our Caldonaire and Sporting Tweed ranges have been enhanced with the addition of 27 new patterns and colours, bringing these enduringly popular cloth collections up-to-date with the discerning tastes of modern tailors and wearers alike.
First woven in 1911, this collection was named in homage to the Calder, Don and Aire rivers – the lifeblood of Yorkshire’s industrial development and clothmaking prowess. Dyed, blended, spun, woven and finished within 20 miles of Huddersfield using 100% Shetland wool, the inimitable quality of the region’s soft water is clear in the delicate handle and lustrous finish of the cloth.
Relaunched in 2018 with the addition of eight new patterns, the Caldonaire collection presents a rich selection of lighter-weight tweeds, perfect for tailoring overcoats, outerwear and other casual garments. Providing warmth without extra weight and with a distinctive herringbone weave, this is an iconic Yorkshire tweed that has truly stood the test of time.
Originally launched in the mid-1960s, this collection was a response to the ever-increasing demand for sports jackets amongst the British professional classes, whose weekend attire typically comprised a tattersall checked shirt, a tweed jacket, a pair of cavalry twill or corduroy trousers and always a tie. Sporting Tweed therefore started out as a thorn-proof keepers’ cloth, crafted from 100% British wool – with a lightly water-resistant finish as a result of its rich lanolin content – and robustly woven to last a lifetime.
Revitalised in 2018 with the introduction of 19 new designs, the range remains rooted in Yorkshire – using specially commissioned yarn spun by Lightowlers of Meltham, the melange of colours is carefully composed to evoke the forest greens, moorland browns and soft warm hues of the surrounding landscapes. With an array of inspiring designs in check, overcheck, herringbone and windowpane weaves, this cloth is ideal for crafting durable, characterful outerwear.