Those who regularly visit our blog, or social media, will know that we have a huge soft spot for HAAR Scotland and what husband and wife duo Darren and Jessica are trying to achieve. So, you can imagine our delight when they sent us their new Sand Cavalry Twill Chore Jacket to review.
But let’s start at the beginning. Founded in October 2016 with very limited funds and no outside investment, HAAR set out with one main self-imposed constraint; to manufacture locally in order to have control over the entire process from concept to completion ensuring the highest quality product. It’s fair to say they have achieved that!
Back to the Chore Jacket in question. Taking inspiration from the golden era of American workwear styles with its approach, it’s a versatile piece that can be worn as outerwear or layered over a shirt or tee. It’s fair to say we adore everything about this jacket, from the natural-coloured British-made Corozo buttons, to the large rectangular reinforced elbow patches. Handmade in small batches in Scotland to maintain quality, attention to detail and to promote a more sustainable manufacturing process, the Chore is priced at £229 – which may seem a little high for an independent brand. Please however, do not be put off by the pricing. You are getting absolute value for your money with this piece, so highly do I rate this jacket, that I even believe it could have retailed for more!
In an age where fast fashion is everywhere amongst us, I would much rather pay more for a well-made, iconic piece, which will stand the test of time. I’m delighted to report that with HAAR Scotland and the Chore Jacket in particular, you get all of the above, and more. I cannot wait to be wearing it in a pub garden this summer – bring it on!