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January 28, 2009


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Love the sentiment of this post... what a well crafted garment. I love the liner... a vintage "duster". I used to wear a black one... without the coat. Arm ventilation exposed and everything. I think it's begging for another kjoo pin.


I think the color of the tweed would have hooked me, but those buttons are the killer details! Mailed you a package today--should arrive by Monday!


This coat is wonderful ! And you're absolutly right ... Can we change our way of living ? I hope so.


this coat is amazing. i love the color and the buttons. And i really hope that we can see what is the right way.


It is a beauty. No doubt. Wear it. Treasure it. Love it.

Thanks for showing this unique piece.



That coat is a small wonder, for the colour and buttons alone but the incredible art of the tailor/seamstress take it to another league! I think that many, many people are reevaluating their relationship to consumption at the moment, as an economic necessity and perhaps, hopefully as a shift in our system of values as well. I have been questioning my own acquisitive nature, it is something I struggle with but do believe that the vast majority of my purchases are items that are both well made and so beautiful that they will be handed down and treasured (this is my hope anyway). Thank you for sharing your beautiful coat , why oh why can't we have a Value Village here!


I agree- those are amazing finds. Unfortunately I go shopping with my littlest one who isn't very patient. It takes time to search the racks for that one good item...some day I'm sure!


Thank you for these! You know, sometimes I fight with myself to keep from buying a vintage piece, even when it's not my size, just because of the level of craftsmanship like this.


wow, i bet that coat looks amazing on you! love the colour :)


So true...

(How is it I never find things like this at my local thrift stores? Good stuff, yes--But nothing like this.)


I love the color.


I couldn't agree with you more!

When I started reading your post, it made me think of my prized Value Village find: a gorgeous brown Harris Tweed coat! Then I scroll down, and see that yours is also Harris Tweed. Quality takes a long time to wear out, which is why I think it's worth investing in time (scouring for vintage, or making myself) and/or money to get the best we can afford. That way, we need to buy less stuff overall. And we get to enjoy truly beautiful things.


Did you know that real Harris tweed fabric was/is handwoven by the islanders in the outer Hebrides?



See, old Harris Tweed coats like this one are of the BEST quality, mainly because each of them were handmade by one or two people, rather than being passed down an assembly line. Not to mention that the tweed itself is handwoven.

Ever since I was a kid, my parents always said "nothing is made to last these days," and they were right. The living room set at my house nearly 30 years old; the refrigerator that is older than I am is STILL running smoothly, my son has played with toys belonging to my brother and I, the floor model wood-framed television that is also much older than me, was only taken to the trash a few years ago, and even then only a few channels were too snowy to watch. I'd rather use an old cast-iron frying pan than those cruddy non-stick ones, and irons for getting the wrinkles out of clothes? Nothing does it better than a REAL iron, heavy and solid metal that you heat in boiling water or in the oven.

I don't know why some people feel that they absolutely must buy something new just because it's new and in style. Hell, we've had the living room set so long now that it's been in style two or three times already. What contemporary design can say that, hmm?

Lisa Martin

you are so right on with the post. I've heard 'people' say "if we made things in the US, everything would be more expensive". I agree. But A) everyone would make more money B) you wouldn't have to buy replacement items as often and C) This is where we live! USA!
My cousin makes almost all her own clothes, her families clothes and didn't learn to drive until she was probably in her 30's. I remember sitting behind her in church staring at her coat which looked a lot like your coat in the style. I know she handmade it! Wish I'd hung out w/ her more!


I've been looking for a color tweed coat (color as in not grey, or black.) Wow! What a find! I love the buttons, too. Teal is becoming one of my new favorite colors too.

Lucky you!


what a wonderful coat. teal and tweed are a beautiful combination.
I couldn't agree more about quality and value.

Kate Fern

The harris tweed label is so nostalgic, my Dad wore their jackets. He wore everything until worn out. I've inherited his frugality, now I just have to pass it on to the kids!

Thanks for sharing these photos!


I found a perfect old coat in much the same way--what a jewel! I hope you and your coat enjoy many years together. :-)


Besides the incredible coat, what a thought-provoking post. LOVED seeing all the details and workmanship, wow! I'm obsessed with checking these things or I just won't buy. Please tell us if those buttons are glass? And aren't they irridescent even? If they are, I've never seen that shape before, they're gorgeous!!!!


This is a beautiful coat! The level of craftman ship is just amazing. You're right, it's so rare to see that anymore. I've actually been having the same problem with furniture. Everying falls apart so quickly. I've taken to purchasing old sturdy pieces and refinishing them instead. I think I need to follow your lead with clothing too. That is a coat that will last! My coat that I purchased earlier this year is already wearing. With a lot of things people used to buy for life, or at least for many many years. It would be nice to get back to that.

Alice Sailer

Hace poco tiempo me enteré de que las cosas" no duran como antes" por una idea de mercado que parece ser la norma general en estos días la "obsolencia programada" en que las cosas se fabrican con una vida útil corta a propósito para incentivar el consumo. La perversión mayor de este sistema me parece que el consumo exacerbado además conlleva a llenarnos de desechos inútiles... que el reciclaje y la reutilización de unos pocos ni logran solucionar.

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