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post #1 of 11
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I saw this suit on yoox and it lists the material as 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane Gabardine tech-fiber has anyone seen this material. What is it like?
post #2 of 11
I can't see the link, but I would assume that you are referring to the "stretch gabardine" that Prada became famous for in the 90's. The material is has an interesting texture, a little like wool gabardine mixed with sponge rubber, if that makes any sense at all. Not really suitable for work unless maybe if you work in a very non-traditional office, but I think that it is a good look for nights out - a very modern, casual suit - looks more at home paired with a t-shirt than with a tie. it's also distinctively Prada (especially in the famous cement grey or tan color), if you like that type of thing. The material is durable and resists wrinkles, which is good if you plan to jump fences in your suit (I occasionally do.) I read in an interview with Tony Hawk that Prada stretch suits are great for events where he needed to look good, but also go skateboarding tricks.
post #3 of 11
argh.. 90% polyester.....step AWAY FROM THE "SUIT".. this is not a drill... SATAN, GET BEHIND ME..
post #4 of 11
FOXX Married barely a month and already so crabby?.
post #5 of 11
Take a deep breath. There's nothing wrong with man-made materials if they're high quality. Wool, as natural as it is, can be very low quality as well.
post #6 of 11
There's nothing wrong with man-made materials if they're high quality.
Maybe so, but I've never seen a polyester suit of high enough quality that I would consider owning it, unless I got it at a thrift shop as a "That '70s Show" Halloween costume. This includes suits from the Prada line/season in question, which I tried on and which looked and felt like junk. There are other synthetics and semi-synthetics that I quite like, but even with all the so-called revolutionary microfiber, I just can't take substantial percentages of polyester (over 10%) seriously for anything except athletic wear, for which its moisture-wicking propertes are a plus over natural fibers.
post #7 of 11
Even 1% is too much for me. I hate polyester. The only synthetic fiber I don't mind for regular clothes is rayon. Rayon was developped as a cheap replacement for silk so in most cases I'd prefer silk over rayon but usually when I'm looking at a shirt, that's not an option. With all the ways you can blend natural fibers these days, there isn't much reason for me to chose anything made of synthetics. Synthetics are fine if they're added in moderation to give specific properties to a fabric (such as elasticity) but IMO shouldn't be a large % of the fabric composition. As far as suits are concerned, I wouldn't buy one unless it was 100% natural fibers, lining aside, since most use viscose/rayon and there's no choice about it-another reason to go the bespoke route.
post #8 of 11
I'm not a textile engineer, so you can't hold me to this, but to my knowledge, rayon is actually a natural material made by processing some sort of plant fiber. I used to think it was a synthetic too. I think a lot of people make this mistake because rayon feels very different from wool and cotton, as rather more similar to some forms of polyester. BTW, and I AM a chemical engineer, so do take my word for it, polyester is not a specific material, just the name for a whole family of materials made distinguished by repeating ester functional groups joining long, chain like carbon and hydrogen structures. I generally like my suits to be 100% wool and my dress shirts 100% cotton, but I would be hesitant about condemning a whole class of materials. Shirts with some fraction of polyamide and elastane, for example, tend to keep their shape better than many cotton weaves, and many designers use these rather expensive materials to rather good effect. There are good quality synthetics and bad quality synthetics, just like there is a range of qualities of wool and cotton. And a judicious addition of synthetics may make an otherwise mediocre wool suit feel nearly as springy as if it were a 100% wool suit costs double the price (I suspect that this is why there are many suits out there with 1% elastane).
post #9 of 11
to my knowledge, rayon is actually a natural material made by processing some sort of plant fiber.
You are correct, sir. Rayons, acetates, and other related fabrics are made from reconstituted wood pulp, cotton or other sources of cellulose fibers.
post #10 of 11
Hah. Well there you go then, 100% natural I had actually learned about rayon's original use from here a couple months ago. I guess i didn't read past the history of the material heh
post #11 of 11
Does a silk/wool blend give extra resilience and strength to the wool, while retaining its superior abrasion resistance? I've seen some blends made by Holland & Sherry, but of course they only advertise the 'luxuriousness.' (Some interesting Silk/Linen/Wool cloths for summer, too.) I guess what I'd really like to know is how much does a blend utilise the best of each fibre?
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