Threading the Needle ~ Headquarters For Harris Tweed
All Harris Tweeds are not created equal. Bolts of the fabric earmarked especially for J. Press impart the hardy robust character and inimitable earthy colorings of these jackets. Crofter woven by hand in the Outer Hebrides Isles off the western coast of Scotland from special mid-weight yarns dyed with indigenous Island vegetation, J. Press Harris Tweed Sport Jackets present a look, feel and attention to tailoring detail and fit unlike any other. Also the smell. A whiff of the fabric still emits a lingering peaty remnant of its crottle lichen dyes.
Tailored especially for J. Press in our traditional natural shoulder three button model with center-hook-vent, swelled edges and horn buttons. J. Squeeze 21st Century Harris Tweeds have been woven in a more comfortable version than those described in our 1987 brochure, “crafted in extra heavyweight island vegetation yarns.” Changing tastes and changing times. My late father, Paul Press, bequeathed much of his wardrobe, including his delectable Olive/Blue Lovat Harris Tweed sport coat to his grandson Ben, fortunately his same size. My son imparted to me his regret, “Dad, I can’t wear it. It weighs more than a horse blanket.”
Nevertheless, even in it’s lighter weight texture, the earth-tone mixtured homespuns maintain the rough character associated with Outer Hebrides wools, hand weaving imposing its classic rugged image and hardy wearability.
J. Press has bolstered its appreciation of the genre in the many decades since it’s off-the-rack inception during the “Heyday of Ivy.” Complementing its widely acknowledged reputation as the prime resource for Donegals and Shetlands, J. Press has since widely featured presentations of their roughly hewn cousin, well deserving of its accolade among Outer Hebrides mavens, “Headquarters for Harris Tweed.”