Originally Posted by Holdfast
Those that emphasise traditional aesthetics and handwork will find incorporating modern technical materials difficult because of the clash with what they currently market themselves as.
Correct, though in my mind this 'clash' is an illusion. It seems every bespoke tailor out there seems to have a knee-jerk aversion to fabrics with harmless modern improvements like water-resistance, stretch, etc, that have no noticeable visual or performance difference with traditional 100% wool. I have yet to find any textile engineer or similarly-trained individual ever state that unaltered pure wool somehow 'drapes' better or whatever than altered fabrics... in fact, a tailor I used on the Row, highly esteemed on SF, when I presented him with some stretch suiting, frankly stated it may be a good idea but he didn't have experience working with it.
In my opinion then, it's the clients that are the source of this inexplicable phenomena in menswear; they're the ones demanding old-timey craftsmanship and the materials associated therewith. When they receive the finished product, they then declare how much better pure wool must be, than their JCPenny suit that was undoubtedly hideous because of the lycra it contained. All additional improvements to textiles thus become heresy and tacky.
I'm glad to see that Loro brand you mention is attempting to mesh the two, but I don't think these types of fabrics are ever going to go beyond RTW or MTM, until a new bespoke tailor is willing to differentiate himself.