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The Tweed Run 2012


A selection of our photographs from last Sundays London Tweed Run, beginning in 21st century colour and fading appropriately into grainy monochrome. Up early and fuelled by boiled eggs, strong coffee and a little later our 2011 vintage sloe gin we headed west to the start of this two wheeled parade.

The Tweed Run is about bicycles, a high quality selection ranging from antique penny farthings to 1950’s cruisers to leather-clad fixies built specially for the event. It’s also about attire, everyone makes an effort, some to extraordinary lengths with outfits made of carefully selected period-pieces or new creations inspired by decades past. For us it’s an excuse to dust off our Herdwyck suits, tailoring experiments using early tweed trials, and roll around London on the Cherchbi tandem, should we need an excuse.

This year began with a photo-call at The Royal Albert Hall and followed a meandering route across London taking in Buckingham Palace, pausing for tea at the Imperial War Museum and finishing at The Blacksmith and Toffeemaker in Finsbury for an Auchentoshan whisky in a moustachioed glass.

Many thanks to Andrea Meneghelli and Michela Raoss of Brooks who kindly invited us along. Lovely also to meet Adrian Williams of Pashley and talk bags and bicycles. Also thanks to Andre Klauser, product designer, cyclist, and on this day at least, purveyor of very good quince spirit.