As the world around us gets colder and colder (if you're living in the northern hemisphere, that is) I know this topic sounds really strange and untimely. If not strange, then at least mildly encouraging, for those of you who hate winter. The tailor I was angsting about who made my last suit turned out to be a winner. The suit he made me is a work of art. It might not compare to something like Oxxford or Kiton, but it's $500 U.S., and at that price, for a very decent bespoke, I really can't complain. So I was browsing through his lightweight fabrics, thinking that I would definitely come back for something for the warmer months. Summer here in Korea is very extreme; we don't reach any blistering temperatures, but it gets extremely humid and, during the monsoons, very wet. I've been meaning to dive for something in a small glen plaid with an overcheck. I see these often on the occasional odd and old Korean man, but the fact that I hardly see anyone wear one makes me want one. The shop also had the usual tropical-weight worsteds in navy, grey, and pinstripes. What do you look for in a warm-weather suit? How do you judge the quality of a tropical-weight fabric? Do you prefer fabrics that feel "drier" or those with a more silky feel? What colors or patterns would best accomplish the goal of looking and feeling cool?
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12/4/03 at 2:58pm