Tweedle Dee Dee Dum

>> 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….



26 Replies to “Tweedle Dee Dee Dum”

  1. Yeah, I watched a documentary on the whole Chanel couture process and this little old lady makes a special braid or tweed for every season. It was amazing seeing her get to work on this huge loom. haha.
    This all sounds really cool!
    x x x

  2. Lauren – I was thinking of the same thing (Signe Chanel, Episode 3)! Here’s a link:

  3. There is nothing more beautiful that Chanel fantasy tweed – the coloured on with all the ribbons and gold thread, I dream of owning one, one day!
    The project sounds really interesting – look forwards to seeing the results.

  4. Curious to see what he comes up with!
    I just rented the Chanel film the other day. Certain bits were interesting but overall I thought the movie just dragged on much too long without ever coming together in a coherent way and I wasn’t a huge fan of the actress who played the young Chanel. Oh well. To be expected from a TV movie, I suppose.

  5. This sounds like such an interesting project! I’m studying weave for my degree so i can’t help but be obsessed with the Chanel tweed suits – thanks for the great links!

  6. Looking at those swatches, it would be so hard to choose just one! Does the black one have sequins woven in?

  7. Ode to Chanel. Those tiny samples have me pining after a classic tweed blazer.

  8. Isn’t it fab, the tweed cloth samples are a story in their own right – I spent a while doing guess the season/collection/year! And I have to say how exciting about the knitting pattern – is it a very old one?

  9. Oh Linton tweeds, my mum used to take me there to get fabric for my dresses…Did you know Jean Muir used to get a lot of her fabric from there as well…just a little bit of info! x

  10. i’m learning more and more about the art of textile making from all my obsessive fashion blog reading…this is really cool! please do keep posting as this project unfolds – i’d love to hear about the techniques of weaving and combining patterns to come up with new ones 🙂

  11. Hey Susie, I ed John Howard a little over four hours ago to pitch a collab idea.
    Want in?

  12. I love the colours! i must admit i never have much look with tights! my legs are too long and then they ladder – oh the drama! great blog x
    For all things fashion:

  13. I´m longing to see the Chanel film. And I hope the Chanel-jacket interpretation is to be continued. Very interesting I must say.

  14. Miss Susie Bubble-
    Did you happen to know that August 19th was Coco Chanel’s birthday???
    Its also mine, this is why I know these things! 😉
    so neat that you did an homage post about repurposing those jackets specifically on this date!!!

  15. I love tweeds, oh those swatches *drolls*
    I especially seem to have a thing for pale pink tweed jackets, I’m getting quite a collection, hehe, though I guess you only need so many… nope, I need more. 🙂
    Florrie x

  16. I studied at art college in Carlisle in 2002 and our campus in first year was in Shaddon Mills next to Linton tweeds! Nice to see some swatches I still recognise as I would go into the shop to get bags of off-cuts, must dig them out and get creative aswell! 🙂

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