Waistcoat Wednesday: Spellbound, hobbit-style from Japan

In response to the clamouring from waistcoat aficionados worldwide, I’m back with another instalment of my popular mid-week special, Waistcoat Wednesday. Now I know for a fact that at least one reader has taken up what could become a huge thing, wearing a waistcoat on Wednesday, and I urge others to join in, and please send a photo so I can document the armless movement! To give you an idea of the exciting life of a low-level middle-aged blogger, this morning I noticed I got a hit from Google, where some truly excellent person had searched for … “Waistcoat Wednesday”! Google of course pointed him in the right direction. Thus legends are created. Seriously.



Today’s offering comes from Spellbound, a company I know almost nothing about. They’re Japanese, made in small numbers and only available in odd shops no one has heard about. For me, it’s a nice waistcoat, made of a really coarse, but not uncomfortable, brown wool tweed, with bound seams on the inside, leather details and a cute toggle fastener. Ok, so it’s a touch small for me still, but I normally wear it undone. WellDressedGirlfriend says I look like a hobbit in it, but I’m sure she intends it as a term of endearment. 4




Oh, and for anyone thinking “he sure doesn’t look too comfortable in front of the camera!”, you’d be totally right. Having avoided the focus of the soul-capturing device for most of my 45 years, it’s quite strange to not only ask to be taken photos of, then selecting the best of a poor crop and finally publishing them for the world to see on the web. Trust me, the potential trauma is intense. Please, appreciate it.


Clench, and smile!

Previous Waistcoat Wednesday posts:

Nigel Cabourn, not for the shy

Spellbound, hobbit-style from Japan

NN07 – No nationality, but nice waistcoat

Nigel Cabourn Mallory waistcoat

Whillas & Gunn – Ozzie outback style

ARN Mercantile, let’s play shop!

Be inspired and join in the fun next week.

8 Responses to “Waistcoat Wednesday: Spellbound, hobbit-style from Japan”

  1. Scratch

    I like that waistcoat chap & I’m sure it’d look dandy worn over some elfin chain mail.
    FYI was doing my bit for the cause yesterday and was sporting a rather natty Cabourn Mallory vest.


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