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I am the member to whom Dopey referred and share his feelings about Burgos. Carmen Burgos does the measurements and fittings and appears quite competent. After they make the few relatively minor adjustments to the first draft, I will try to post pictures. She will be in NYC until Sunday and plans to return after the summer. She also said she would visit more frequently if she had more customers. Of course, she might have more customers if she visited more frequently. Dopey...
Actually, in my experience the opposite is usually true. Most, but not all, of the tailors I have used mark up the price of goods. In fact, there was a time not so long ago that mils, nerchants and their agents would not sell to the public in part to allow tailors to make a profit on cloth.
The thread fineness in shirting, much like suiting, contributes to the relative fineness of the cloth. Much of what is called chambray is made of yarns that are nowhere near 120's, much less 200's, For example, as stated above, Bonfanti's chambray, Levanto, is 40/2 x 30/1 and looks and feels entirely different from anything made from 120-200's yarns. The roughness of the fabric and the alternating colors combine to approximate the look and feel of denim, which I think is...
For me, fuzzy doesn't go with dress shirting. To me it's as incongruous as wearing 200's shirting with tweed. I have chambray shirts along the fineness spectrum but I generally reserve them for casual wear.
Do those of you who like the look of a rough chambray wear it with suits? Personally I don't see the allure of pairing a denim look-alike with business dress.
I don't like tie space on any collar, including BD's. Is a BD with little to no tie space "wrong."
And a lot of companies make tissues that we generically call Kleenex. Xerox is another example. Or for those who are old enough to remember, Frigidare.
Again, this all comes from a conflation of the original and generic terms. But if you look at the fabrics actually made by the Irish mills historically, they have always come in a variety of weights, weaves and patterns. So, in answer to your original question whether a Donegal can be a herringbone, the answer is yes and often is.
Donegal yarn is much smaller, the weave is tighter, and the cloth is a lot thinner, less rustic.[/quote] I do not believe that any of this description applies to the traditional handwoven Donegal (upper case "D") tweed made in Donegal, Ireland, which is made in a variety of weights, weaves and patterns. For example, I have Donegal tweed coating from K & H made from thick yarn loosely woven in a herringbone pattern. You commonly see this kind of stuff in old coats from...
I think this is basically correct. I also think Donegal tweed, like Harris, originally referred to handwoven cloth, although, unlike Harris, Irish mills like Magee now offer machine woven cloth as Donegal as well. In addition,the name "Donegal" is not protected in the same manner as Harris and, therefore, cloth can be sold as Donegal by anybody regardless of place of origin, method of weaving or pattern.I think some of the confusion comes from the fact that donegal (with a...
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