National Tweed Day
National Tweed Day offers everyone the chance to celebrate their favorite style. This day is dedicated to all things tweed, no matter if it involves the woolen fabric from Scotland or something else.
Some people may not be clear on what National Tweed Day actually commemorates. Is it William M “Boss”, the corrupt American Democratic boss who ran Tammany Hall’s political machine, and also ran the “Tweed Ring,” which took between $30 and $200 million in political corruption in New York? Or is it the unique Scottish fabric that is used to make suits, jackets, and trousers in patterns like houndstooth or herringbone?
Which one of these two options is it?
The obvious answer is likely to be the options for Scottish material. However, there is no record of April 3, which is the date that led to Tweed being called Tweed, nor any founders’ birth, death, or dates.
Boss Tweed does however have an April 3rd significance, as he was born on April 3, 1823. Perhaps that is a hint as to the real meaning of the day.
Tweed Day is a day to be celebrated in any case.
Tweed Day can be celebrated in many different ways. These ideas are just a few of the many you can try, or create your own.
Tweed Day can be celebrated by purchasing a new blazer or pants, vest, or complete suit made from the woven wool fabric. Tweed can be turned into a hat, too!
Tweeds can be made in light plaids or houndstooth designs, and often in neutral colors like grays, greens, and beiges. This is the best time to get a tweed item made custom by a tailor or buy it off the shelf.
Even though April can be too warm for wool in certain climates, it is possible to display your tweed clothes in the spring before you move on to the warmer summer.
Are you looking for a way to entertain yourself on Tweed Day
One Disney movie could be the perfect way. The Fox and the Hound features Widow Tweed as the kind lady who cared for Tod, the orphaned Fox and one of the film’s title characters. Amos, the grumpier neighbor who cared for Copper, the hound dog, was another important character.
For those who are a bit older, you might consider watching Sherlock Holmes movies or shows. These will likely feature Holmes in a tweed suit smoking his pipe at 221B Baker Street, London.
It was not known that the University of Minnesota has a museum of art in Duluth. Alice Tweed Tuohy donated her house along with an extensive art collection to help create the museum. This is a great way to celebrate Tweed Day.
The river after which tweed was named is located in southeastern Scotland. This river flows eastward for 97 mile in Scotland. It runs 17 miles along the boundary of England and Scotland. For 2 miles, the River Tweed flows through England before it empties into North Sea.