The Settlers Stores range of luxury tweed fashion clothing is all designed with purpose in mind: comfort, adventure, practicality but with plenty of style.  We use ethical production methods and sustainable fabrics to create a collection that is unique, eccentric, made to order and hand finished to last a lifetime.

Named after explorers and pioneers, each piece is a reinterpretation of a vintage classic, rebooted for a new generation of everyday adventurers.

  • “As you know my waistcoat is one of my most treasured items! xxxxxxx”

    Ann
  • “What a SMASH HIT the present is – he hardly ever takes it off! He is so pleased with it, so thank you, what an amazing creation!”

    Amelia
  • “The waistcoat I bought from you last week has been a great success. Admired by everyone. Thank you.”

    Sonia

Eberhardt Waistcoat

Close fitting, pocketed and lined, stud fasteners to keep out the draught. Named after one of our heroines, Isabelle Eberhardt, who spent years travelling incognito in North Africa, at a time when ladies rarely left their drawing-room.

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“Now, more than ever, do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sundrenched elsewhere.” Isabelle Eberhardt 1877–1904

Tweed Eberhardt Waistcoat by Settlers Stores

Blixen Tunic

Pocketed heaven in a dress – heavy duty zip and leather detail – to throw on in the morning and keep wearing all day. The (Karen von) Blixen Tunic is a staple of our wardrobe.

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“God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road”. Karen Blixen 1885-1962

Tunic Blixen from Settlers Stores tweed clothing

Kingsley Wrap ‘n’ Snap Skirt

Innovative and unexpected, this skirt is our take on the traditional kilt. Lined in wax cloth and with stud fasteners that you can adjust to fit, it is a pleasure to wear over boots or trousers. Named after the great Africanist, writer and early anthropologist, Mary Kingsley, who left a spinster’s life in England to become an explorer and champion of Western traders and African people alike.

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“I cannot be a bush-man and a drawing-roomer.  Would to Allah I was in West Africa now, with a climate that suited me and a people who understood me, and who I could understand.” Mary Kingsley 1862-1900

Kingsley Wrap n Snap Skirt from Settlers Stores
Settlers Stores Markham Tweed Trousers with side pockets and leather detailing

Markham Trousers

A take on the combat trousers, with more than a hint of 40’s glamour about them, these beautifully cut trousers will keep you warm all winter long. Available with or without side pockets, depending on the weight of tweed, we have called them after another trailblazer and aviatrix, Beryl Markham.

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“A map says to you. Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not … I am the earth in the palm of your hand.” Beryl Markham 1902-1986

Isabella Djellaba in Settlers Stores tweed

Isabella Djellaba

Inspired by the Moroccan robe, with a velvet hood and deep pockets, this fully lined tweed djellaba is designed to take you from dawn till dusk – you never need to get dressed again! Called the Isabella in memory of Miss Bird, the naturalist, explorer, botanist and first woman to be made a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1892, this is a robe to live in.

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“Everything suggests a beyond” Isabella Bird 1831-1904

Twain Gilet

Warm and comfortable with deep pockets inside and out, the Mark Twain is so-called after the great American writer and creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. An adamant abolitionist and a champion of women’s rights, in 1906 he founded the Angel Fish and Aquarium Club for his surrogate granddaughters, writing them letters and inviting them to concerts and the theatre.

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Settlers Stores Twain Gilet in tweed

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the one you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain 1835-1910

Monfreid Waistcoat

A versatile slim fitting waistcoat with two inside pockets, named after French author and adventurer, sometime gun runner and drug smuggler whose accounts of adventures in the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa became bestsellers in the 1930’s. To be seen around a campfire or in the urban jungle.

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“Don’t ever be scared of Life, don’t ever be scared of Adventure ; trust chance, luck, destiny. Go and conquer other spaces, other hopes. The rest will be given to you on top.” Henry de Monfreid 1879-1974

Battuta Djellaba in Loch Tweed from Settlers Stores

Battuta Djellaba

Named after Ibn Al Battuta, a Berber scholar of the 13th century who is widely regarded as one of the greatest travellers of all time, the man’s djellaba is based on a Kashmiri pheran.  Loose fitting, with deep pockets and short enough to stride out in style, this is the perfect garment for covering ground on the hillside, keeping warm in the fields at a festival at dawn or relaxing by the fireside at home.

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“Travelling – it leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller.” Ibn Battuta 1304–1369

Bruce Breeks

Copied from a friend’s grandfather’s Plus 8’s from the 1930’s, these breeches are fully lined, deep pocketed with vintage buttons – braces required.  Available in different weights of tweed, they are named after James Bruce, the Scottish explorer and travel writer who spent years living in Ethiopia, tracing the source of the Blue Nile.

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“Bruce belonged to that useful class of men who are ever ready ‘to set their life upon a cast, and stand the hazard of the die.” Head’s Life of Bruce. (James Bruce 1730-1794)

Rosita Kaftan

An elegant cut of a kaftan, made with 100% cotton Dutch Wax and embellished with fluoro trim and braid.

Named after Rosita Forbes, the English adventurer and travel writer who inspired other pioneers that we at Settlers Stores have had the privilege to know – see the Rosita Trust.  Forbes’ own significant interest in women who refuse to accept conventional roles was explored in her book of travel essays Women Called Wild (1935), which brought together her encounters with women in dozens of locations, including Abyssinia, Russia, Dutch Guinea and China.

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“Too much was given us. Far too much was asked of us… For myself, I found the necessary escape – from too much emotion, from so sensitive an awareness of the next world that the permissible conveniences of this one were ignored – in planning a career of adventure.” Rosita Forbes 1890-1967

Rosita Kaftan in dutch wax from Settlers Stores

Johnson Wrap Dress

This fully-lined wrap dress is made in 100% pure cotton ‘Dutch wax’, the dress design is based on our iconic Wrap ‘n’ Snap skirt. Fastened with two sets of antique brass press studs, this empire line dress with a slightly flared A-line skirt, is easy to wear, practical and still makes you feel good. Named after Osa Johnson, the American photographer, author, documentary maker and explorer who with her husband Martin studied the wildlife and peoples of East and Central Africa in the first half of the 20th century.  Her autobiography I Married Adventure (IMA) was the best-selling non-fiction book of 1940.

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“Unexpected difficulties, I think, are at once the challenge and the charm of the lives of all explorers.” Osa Johnson 1894-1953

Settlers Stores Johnson Wrap Dress

Londonderry Denim Wrap Skirt

The Londonderry denim wrap skirt – this iconic design is extremely easy to wear, works as well on a bar stool as on a bicycle and is named after Annie “Londonderry” Cohen Kopchovsky (1870–1947), the first woman to bicycle around the world for a wager in 1894. She was a free-thinking young woman, a Jewish mother of three who reinvented herself as an entrepreneur, athlete, and globetrotter who paid her way around the world wearing advertising hoardings and taking part in local cycling competitions. Annie’s chutzpah and bravado also made her an international symbol of the “New Woman” – a term popularized by the American author Henry James in the late nineteenth century and adopted in the early stages of the modern feminist movement.

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“Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven’t had that what have you had?” Henry James 1843-1916

Settlers Stores Londonderry Denim Wrap Dress