Sometime last year, I bought a length of The London Lounge’s Etna cloth - a heavy 20oz cashmere jacketing, made with a double faced grey/ brown herringbone (brown on one side, grey on the other). It’s a wonderful material and I was going to have it made into a jacket until The London Lounge came out with their brown herringbone tweed, which is even more in line with what I’ve been looking for. Rougher, fuzzier, and more autumnal, it’s now on its way to Steed to be made into a patch pocketed, single-breasted sport coat.
So now I’m in possession of a double-faced cashmere that I’m not sure what to do with. I thought about selling it back on the market, but it’s such a lovely material that I’d hate to lose it. No, the only way forward is to have something made from it — something unusual enough to make the jacket different from the brown herringbone tweed Steed is making me.
But how can one make a jacket odd?