Tweed has a bit of a reputation. It took off as sportswear in a century when sports meant hunting, shooting and fishing. The Englishmen and Scots who first popularized it needed serious protection from the elements; the tweed sport coat or shooting jacket was a functional garment and its heavy, scratchy wool was the 19th-century equivalent of Gore-Tex.
Add to that history the predilection for tweed jackets among country gentleman types—and anyone keen to be taken for one—and it’s easy to see why the fabric is sometimes considered a bit fusty and uncomfortable by those outside the shooting crowd and the professoriate. Read more at Robb Report.