Originally Posted by Shirtmaven
I handle fabric all day long.
I will give you my impression on only what has passed through my hands
Burnside good fabric
Grange what I have handled recently has a very dry finish.
which is different from a natural finish without resins
I am not a huge fan of the highly resined finishes found on fabrics from Soktas, but Grange does not feel good in my hand.
One customer had shrinkage issues with one of the fabrics. I made several shirts from Grange for him(he supplied the fabric).
It feels as if the yarn counts are not as tight as what I have seen from some of the Indian Mills.
Grasmere is very good.
Hampton is not good. feels cheap. Most likely made in china.
Imperial this is the worst excuse for 170/2 I have ever felt.
Kendal I like this. and would use this.
King also has a dry finish. and King AQ is 2x1 not 2x2. it is OK, but nothing special. same thoughts as Grange
Monarch is ok I can import its equivalent from India for less then half the price
pinpoint PV that I made for someone is 2x1 not 2x2
Windsor feels thin for 140/2. the construction is not very dense.
Zephyr is good
Not every fabric I have in stock is amazing, but I wont attempt to sell it as something it isn't
I am not shy to admit which fabrics come from the better Indian mills.
There are only a few mills left producing 100% of their fabric in Europe I guess the Czech republic is included.
this rant is not about Acorn selling to the general public.
just that the consumer should know what they are buying.
none is fake. all was bought directly from acorn.
I have 40 year old fabrics that are still in perfect shape(well the whites are not so white anymore)