Originally Posted by edmorel
I don't want to turn this into a LP criminal defense trial as I really don't care. LP is a huge company that makes a ton of cloth in various quality levels. You can find their stuff from crappy JCrew clothing (chinese cashmere) to uber expensive stuff.
I know that the NYC custom set love Loro Piana fabric and Luciano Barberis; they also love 7-8oz cloths. Partly it's the finish, partly it is the softness which comes about because the cloths are 2x1 weaves. The English weave sturdier summer fabrics but they're not as light. Also, most of the men who I have observed buy custom suits don't care if the suits last more than a few years. To make a comparison, shirt fabrics in 140s-220s seem to be the favorites around the forums. No way those last as long as a good 100s but people dont seem to care. Which means the set that prefer the heavier stuff here constitute a fringe confederacy. Most cloths are going to look good new, some of the lighter ones will look tired after extended use. However, this is a complex subject. If people want 16oz suits, let them have them but it isnt that theyre buying 16oz suits, it's their need to declare that it's a superior choice and that lighter fabrics are like tissue paper. This rationalization on their part I find dishonest, espceially if they havent had first hand "taste tests" between various fabrics. Again, a lot of the performance revolves around construction and ultimately provenance. When you buy Lesser or Harrisons cloth, you know you're getting good, solid stuff. When you dig around at a bargain basement jobber, who knows where the cloth really came from? And if it's a Chinese knock off labeled super 150s and it falls apart, it's no ones fault but the buyer's. The super 150s from HArrisons are more solid that most merchant 100s. Personally, I think some of the heavier fabrics do look better not only because most tailors are uncomfortable with the lighter fabrics but also because they drape better and possess more physical/optical depth. Now, If you are a dilettante who puts a suit on for a couple hours a day, maybe it doesn't matter. if you have an actual work day that entails all the things I have come to expect in the tri state area, then the heavier cloths get uncomfortable. At some point you can't wear a suit merely because it looks better or it's the "right" thing to wear, no at some point you have to wear a suit you feel comfortable in. I wont go o far to say that all men who choose heavier fabrics are fringe but many who crow about it on the forums seem to be. And, they seem to be the same set who like to argue without end because it makes them feel alive which probably marginalizes them offline too.