James & Mirin
An overcoat fit for Town & Country
Donegal Tweed - Dashing Tweeds
Lining - Kipper & Chalk
Photograph of Mirin by Bryce Knox. Viscose.
Where to begin. Overcoats are my absolute favourite thing to make. And wear. I have far too many of them. And this one was a total joy to make.
James was looking for something that is smart enough to wear when he is in the city, but warm and practical enough to wear at his home in Scotland. Dashing Tweed's 16% donegal tweed fits the brief so beautifully! It is heavy and warm as anything, and the unusual flecked indigo colour is a really interesting take on a classic navy. The cloth is so soft to touch and will age beautifully, dropping to James's shoulder shape almost like a cardigan.
It has a hidden fly front, short notch lapel. high centre vent and flap pockets in keeping with traditional Covert coats. But is slightly longer for extra warmth.
All that is enough to make it one of my favourite K&C overcoats, but on the inside it gets even better. James' son, Bryce, is a photographer. I took one of his photos of their family whippet, Mirin, and blew it up to use as the lining. The stunning woodlands surrounding Majestic Mirin, complement the colouring of the wool so beautifully. And the family connection to each element make this coat something which will hopefully be loved for many winters to come.