Jamie Ferguson’s Harris Tweed Collaboration Creates Fall’s Coolest Jackets – Robb Report
As an in-demand menswear photographer, Jamie Ferguson is used to photographing clothes, not designing them. But Ferguson – who is perhaps better known by his Instagram name, JKF Man – crossed over to the other side of the lens to design a Harris Tweed that was adapted into a sports jacket by the Anthology and is at the base of an upcoming No Man Walks Alone chore coat.
The project is a kind of homecoming for Ferguson, who at 15 left Canada for the small Scottish village where his mother grew up. During the summer holidays, Ferguson would take road trips through the Scottish Highlands and soak up its visual splendor.
“You would often see these amazing colors in the rugged countryside: purples, reds, oranges, blacks and yellows,” he says. Robb report. So when Ferguson had the opportunity to co-design fabric with Harris Tweed Hebrides in 2021, he only had to look to those memories for inspiration.
“When I started my career in menswear, I quickly fell in love with jackets made from Harris Tweed because of their raw, ready feel and look,” he continues. “I have always sought to combine the colors I saw growing up traveling with this amazing fabric and this collaboration gave me that chance.”
Ferguson first asked to see any unsold houndstooth fabrics the factory had on hand, as he wanted his Harris Tweed to have a vintage feel. After finding a near-ideal fabric, Ferguson requested that only two of his colors be swapped out until he had a pattern in Highland-esque shades of beige, caramel brown, navy blue, soft blue and raspberry pink.
Once the design was determined, 100 yards of fabric were made to the exacting standards set by the Harris Tweed Authority, which specifies that it must be handwoven by residents of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides working from home. Ferguson’s fabric was finished at a weight of 470/500g, or what the rugged factory classifies as ‘featherweight’.
Subsequently, 20 meters were wholesaled to Parisian fashion brand LSD, which plans to sell them to customers as cut lengths for tailoring; An additional 20 yards have been supplied to online-only retailer No Man Walks Alone, which is using it to produce a three-patch-pocket chore jacket set to launch in November; and the remaining 60 meters were reserved for Hong Kong and Taipei-based classic menswear brand The Anthology, which had supported the project since its inception.
In his hands, Ferguson’s fabric became a sports jacket tailored in the style of the Anthology house. The jacket, which is now available online and retails for $1,180, is marked by patch pockets, a 3/2 roll and a slightly elongated, subtly rope-constructed shoulder with no padding.
Anthology co-founder Buzz Tang said he and Ferguson originally considered using Harris Tweed to make a traditional British shooting jacket or field coat. But the duo decided that matching the campaign’s dense fabric with the brand’s “neo-classical” aesthetic would make it more suited to contemporary attire.
“Let the heritage fabric and modern silhouette create their chemistry,” Tang says of the jumpsuit.
After dipping his toes into the design, Ferguson returned to the camera. In early October, he traveled to the Scottish Highlands and Outer Hebrides with Tang and menswear writer Manish Puri (who in this case served as a model) to shoot a campaign around the Anthology jacket, wrapping up the project loop.
If there’s a lesson to be learned from Ferguson’s project, it’s that you can go home and share a little with the rest of the world too.