Originally Posted by rrothsch
I am going to order a Navy Flannel suit from WW Chan and I'm looking for a few fabric recommendations. I'd like to spend in the $1,500-$2,000 range and probably 11-13 oz. The intent is to wear in the winter, I like a lot of texture, and prefer a somewhat of a solid. Thus, no pinstripes or checks. In the past I have always bought Holland and Sherry and been very happy so if anyone has any recommendations from a Holland and Sherry book or I'm open to different books as well from other mills.
Fox Brothers will send you swatches, see here.
I have a suit in their gray glen check and I like it a lot. It's supposed to be not as hard wearing as Minnis but I haven't noticed any wear issues.
Minnis will also send you swatches, see here.
No experience with them.
Harrisons also makes nice stuff and I will probably go with them next time, partly because my tailor has the book so I can look through it in person.
There really is no best, equally knowledgeable and experienced people will have different favorites. I would first zero in on what weight you want, decide if you want worsted or woolen, and then compare the navies in that weight from the usual suspects - Minnis, Fox, Harrison, H&S, LGB, etc.