>> Little did I know that from that talk I did at the London College of Fashion and through the magic of Twitter, the boyf and I would befriend a John Howard Little, a menswear grad from LCF that is on a mission to re-interpret the Chanel jacket. After seeing the Coco Avant Chanel film together with our other halves, John has been researching the construction of the jacket and requested some samples from Linton Tweeds, the mill in Cumbria which has had a long standing relationship with Chanel ever since William Linton was introduced to Gabrielle Chanel in the 20s' (again, more of those kind of tidbits might have beefed up the film a bit more in my opinion…).
According to this very insightful article, there hasn't been a Chanel collection that doesn't have Linton tweeds in it and they get a one year exclusivity on each tweed created for them. At Chanel's request, they have done custom weaves that can involve unconventional materials like rubber flecks, sequins, rafia, velvet ribbon and lycra woven into the tweeds.
Style Salvage Steve and I have our eyes on certain swatches that hopefully John with his magic skills will transform into his own unique version of the Chanel jacket… if then, then I'm also equally tempted by a knitting pattern that I pulled out of Steve's nan's copy of Womens Weekly that will beget me a Chanel-style jacket if I moss stitch with double stranded yarn to get that nubbly effect….