Tweed Jackets are variously named according to style, function and place of origin. The history surrounding tweed attire is rich and varied, entwined with the heritage of the regions that produce this most gentlemanly of cloths.
Below we explain each according to it’s own unique style and heritage. From the cloths inspired by the wild Donegal landscape to the Hacking styles evolved for life in the saddle.
Traditionally a Hacking Jacket was a single-breasted tweed jacket worn for riding.
The lapels on a Hacking Jacket meet mid-chest, the jacket is tailored high at the waist with three buttons, ensuring a secure, semi-fitted jacket that allows for free movement.
A Hacking Jacket is traditionally cut a little longer, with a long single centre vent at the back.
The pockets are slanted and you will also find an additional ticket pocket on a Hacking Jacket, just above the right pocket and slightly smaller in size.
The Hunstanton Jacket is similar to the more famous Hacking Jacket in every respect with the exception being that the single vent on the Hacking Jacket is longer in length than the Hunstanton.
Bladen Sheringham Tweed Jackets remain true to the original Sheringham Jacket features.
Slightly more loosely tailored than a Hacking Jacket the Sheringham is a single breasted, 3-button jacket jacket, with an English fitted waist.
The Sheringham has an outside breast pocket, slant flap pockets and two side vents.
The term Sports Jacket is derived from the 19th Century Victorian sporting pedigree of the style.
Sports jackets were necessarily loose fitting, to allow for free movement with gun or rod. And the lapels were long and tapered, making it easy for the wearer to access the multiple inside pockets used for storing sporting paraphernalia.
Today, the Tweed Sports Jacket retains the features of this period. The jacket is cut to sit at the base of the hips. The fit is an easy flattering line, though contemporary tastes do tend to favour a lightly tailored silhouette known as the English Fit.
Sports jackets feature either two, or three buttons; again contemporary tastes favour two buttons, creating a long elegant line from the collarbone to the base of the chest.
The pockets are predominantly straight flap pockets with a single welted breast pocket. Vents are an essential feature on any well-tailored Sports Jacket, be this a single centre vent or a double vent.
The Bladen Hevingham Jacket is a single breasted, 2 button jacket with outside breast pocket, slant flap pockets and side vents. It shares features with the Sports Jacket though it differs in that it is slightly more tailored at the waist.
Magee Donegal Tweed Jackets
The Donegal tweeds made by Magee are famed the world over. Renowned for the evocative colours and textures of the tweeds woven in the Donegal mills. Magee Donegal Tweed Jackets are single breasted, 2 button jackets with outside breast pocket, slant flap pockets and side vents.
To see the full range of Bladen and Magee jackets see the A Hume website.
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