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post #16 of 19

mafoofan: "But I would never recommend a novice buy an expensive bottle of wine without knowing what he is doing. If he must buy a bottle intended to be enjoyed later, after he has acquired a taste, he is better off relying on the advice of "experts" to begin with."


I would not reccomend that too, but errors and trials are often an obliged way for many. As said by Brendon, suppliers and salespeople give lot of misinformation and this can be a real problem for the inexperts.


Petepan: +1,  I'm with you "just a part", hand, knowledge and experience.



post #17 of 19
Ok, so I know this is a 2yr old thread, but my question is a bit more specific:

Say the exact same cotton or wool, from literally the same supplier, etc. If the same end-product is to be produced by a reputable company that's not going to lie about the numbers, then what's the difference between Italian, English, or fabric from any country?

Is there a certain process than an Italian mill goes through that the others don't know about (or just don't care to do)? Extra steps, better looms/machines, better inspection?

At the end of the day, if you have the exact same raw materials and the same process step-by-step and the same machines, then you should end up with the same fabric no matter what place it was made, right?

Are there really that many proprietary steps in this that one can end up telling who made which fabric even if the raw material was the same? (because I'm assuming the machines must be the same too)
post #18 of 19
tcbrgs says: "Most of the fabrics come from the same mills and are of equal quality. You pay for fabric design and ranges. It costs to support lots of stock. Scabal has 5000 fabrics in stock, and big advertising, but they have patterns and qualities as much as you can imagine, but they have a higher price. You can get the same for less, but usually they have cloth that design is unique to them for instance, so you pay the price they ask. "

I think this may have answered my question, found it in another thread. But want to confirm with you guys. So is this correct, coming from a senior member here? The reason you pay a lot more for some fabrics than others is the range (more design work, much more inventory costs), the advertising, and perhaps smaller differences in cost of doing business in England vs Italy vs China?
post #19 of 19
Another thought, England has better water for wool, while Italy has better water for silk. So I've read.
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