My understanding is that in vintage terms, this Harris tweed hacking jacket by Pytchley is the holy grail. And to find couture huntwear that is a) in near perfect condition and b) a near perfect fit is, to coin my favourite phrase of the moment, ‘rarer than hen’s teeth’. So imagine my delight to find this little beauty at the weekend, in the window of The Ballroom, a vintage shop I have been frequenting in Oxford for years. Th tweed is wind-proof, thorn-proof, deliciously warm, and an exquisite weave of varying green wool yarns, from olive to lime, flecked with a rusty orange. The hourglass shape is particularly flattering for a tweed – fitted at the waist, kicking out over the hip – clearly designed for ease of movement, with a silk lining and beautiful tortoiseshell buttons. Perfection.
Printed silk dress
My recent charity shop finds included two Mulberry leather belts, a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo pumps, an Aquascutum shirt and a fine bone china plate with hand-painted mice in orange trousers dangling from balloons… [Lucky me!]