Bespoke Tweed

Make your own unique selection from the Settlers Stores range of bespoke tweed.  Simply choose a swatch below and we will offer a variety of Dutch wax linings for you to pair with. Richly coloured velvet to line collars, buttons and pocket configurations can all be specified.

For us a great part of the adventure has been tracking down the artisan weavers and master craftsmen who are passionate about what they do.

Most of the tweed we use comes from a small mill in the Borders in Scotland that has been involved in the production of fine fabrics for nearly two hundred years. The shuttle operated looms that they still use today are the same as they would have been in the mid 1900’s and because of their artisan nature, they are flexible and able to do small production runs of bespoke tweed for customers like us.

  • “Your parcel arrived today and I just adore it … I may never take it off.”

    Lucy
  • “Thanks sooo much for my tunic it arrived this morning and fits to perfection as though tailor made for me!!!!!!!!!”

    Carolyn
  • “How very brilliant! You wouldn’t believe the number of comments I have got about my shift dress – all sorts of people have asked me where I got it and I have given them your website.  And my friend who took the other red waistcoat has had so many compliments! She was thrilled.”

    Tracey
  • “Patrick is thrilled with his waistcoat – think he will grow old in it.”

    Bev

Our range of tweeds cover a variety of weights and textures to cover every requirement – heavyweight estate tweeds that are “thornproof” for an outdoor lifestyle, lighter weight shetland tweeds that have a different drape and the supersoft merino blend that is softer to touch and more felted in feel.

The tweed, in its finishing process is exposed to high temperatures and we hand stitch all the seams in place which guarantees that the garment will hold its shape, if washed by hand or on a wool cycle on a machine.  NB: the more you wash your tweed garment, the less lanolin it will retain, compromising its waterproof nature.

Our tweeds vary in weight from 390g/m to 650g/m, are all made with pure new merino wool that has been spun to either a shetland or supersoft grade.

Settlers Stores Settlers Tweed
Settlers

Supersoft – 410g/m

Settlers Stores Blaze Tweed
Blaze

Supersoft – 410g/m

Bracken by Settlers Stores
Bracken

Supersoft – 410g/m

Settlers Stores Loch Tweed
Loch

Shetland – 390g/m

Tana tweed by Settlers Stores
Tana

Shetland – 390g/m

Settlers Stores Bison Tweed
Bison

Shetland – 390g/m

Kongoni tweed by Settlers Stores
Kongoni

Shetland – 390g/m

Settlers Stores Turi Tweed
Turi

Shetland – 390g/m

Settlers Stores Heather tweed
Heather

Harris/lambswool blend – 300g/m

Settlers Stores Fen Tweed
Fen

Estate – 650g/m

Settlers Stores Kelp Tweed
Kelp

Estate – 650g/m

Settlers Stores Flint Tweed
Flint

Estate – 650g/m

Dutch Wax

Called Kitenge in East Africa, Ankara by some in West Africa, the 100% cotton that we use for linings is actually printed in Holland.

Although often assumed to be African fabric, the cloth is in fact an imitation of Indonesian hand batik printing (hence the wax of the name), and was originally copied by Dutch textile manufacturers in the nineteenth century. On their way back to Indonesia to trade these fabrics, they then discovered and cultivated an enormous market for them in West Africa.

These six yard lengths of cotton are prewashed by us to avoid shrinkage and totally colourfast. Like any cotton they will soften with wear and work beautifully with the natural wool fibre of the tweed.

The Nigerian-British contemporary artist, Yinka Shonibare uses Dutch wax in his art and installations, explicitly for its colonial and post-colonial associations – the unexpected twist he gives to familiar stories is something that resonates with us at Settlers. Yinka – we salute you.

Settlers Stores Dutch Wax Cloth