Modern Pastoral

Once a frumpy favorite of the English gentry, rustic tweed has a sleek new look for fall

Sherlock Holmes became a tweed icon at the turn of the last century after sporting nubby wool capes while on the trail of London's miscreants. Ralph Lauren's first collection in 1968 made the tweed suit a menswear staple. And now Lower East Side hipsters can't seem to get enough of the classic suiting fabric, signaling that tweed is staging a comeback. For his fall collection, Junya Watanabe spun the storied fabric into schoolboy blazers nostalgic for jaunts across Cambridge's Bridge of Sighs. And with the recent sartorial resurgence, it's no surprise that tweed is migrating beyond lapels and finding its way...

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