(we need a rising from the dead smilie for these old post resurrections...)
I have found a tailor to make some shirts for me. I am going to start with one shirt, and order a couple more upon successful completion of the first one. He carries Thomas Mason fabric, and has the current Silverline and Goldline books. He got new books in within the last three months, so I assume these are the most recent collection. The Silverline is in two volumes (purple box, IIRC), and Goldline is in a single red book.
He is asking $185 for a Silver line shirt, and $200 for the Gold line. I have been doing a bit of research into the topic, and there seems to be varying opinions around on whether Gold line is worth the extra (however, it seems most are paying more for the up-charge...). Here is some info and links to the Albini site:
Goldline Extra Long Staple Cotton
Goldline is the highest level Thomas Mason service programe in 2/140s yarn count, which was created originally for the company's bicentenary (1796-1996) celebrations. Over the last ten years, the collection has been renewed several times and the new edition was further enriched by refined, tradition-based creative research and use of the finest raw materials.
Egypt's finest cotton, "˜Giza 45', is used for Thomas Mason's Goldline.
The particular climatic conditions and fertile soils along the Nile and around the delta gives rise to the finest cotton in the world. Egypt is currently the world's leading producer of long fibre (>1 and 1/4 inch) and very long fibre (>1 and 3/8 inch), the famous "˜long and extra long staple' cotton.
Highly acclaimed "˜Giza 45' is grown in Kafir S'Ad, a small area to the east of the Nile delta, and represents 0.4% of Egypt's total annual cotton production: just 19,200 of the total 4,539,111 metric cantars (the unit of measurement for cotton corresponding roughly to 50 kg). These fibres make it possible to achieve the fineness, lustre and softness of the best shirt fabrics.
Silverline Extra Long Staple Cotton
Thomas Mason founded his weaving mill in 1796 at the height of the English Industrial Revolution, when many entrepreneurs around Manchester, in Lancashire and in Yorkshire formed together the most famous textile empire of the world.
Two centuries later Thomas Mason 100% cotton fabrics are still being made in the traditional English way, and are sold worldwide.
SILVERLINE is a selection of classic two fold cotton shirtings, produced in the best tradition of fine English cloth.
The combination of a special twist given to the fine yarns, plus the traditional pure finishing method, confer a special lustre and softness, characteristics which make SILVERLINE fabrics quite unique in their class.
SILVERLINE SHIRTINGS make their resultant garments stand apart; defining their style, enhancing their excellence, and ensuring the highest quality of the end product.
Shirts made in SILVERLINE poplin soften with washing, and being both quick and easy to iron, thus combine practicality with the highest tradition of quality.
I plan on wearing the shirts regularly, will be laundering at home, and looking for a white 'fancy' fabric with FC, and two blues (one solid, one with stripes or checks, depending on what I see in the book). Any opinions on Gold v. Silver?