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Fabric Recomendations - Navy Flannel Suit

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
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.
post #2 of 10
Guessing this is your first custom flannel suit. If so (and probably even if not) I'd recommend Minnis. As hard wearing as flannel can be and all-around nice cloth.

Also have a look at Harrisons - also nice stuff, perhaps a shade more delicate but more expensive.
post #3 of 10
Dugdale do a good 390g flannel cloth ( I have a suit made in a charcoal shade) and would be cheaper then H&S and Minnis. I find 13oz flannel too light for a winter suit (especially a two-piece), more of an early autumn suit unless you get a waistcoat made too.

What do you need/want the suit for?
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
I wear a suit everyday to work which is what I will buying this suit for.
post #5 of 10

Pure wool/cashmere would be good for winter.

post #6 of 10
I have a blue flannel suit in a medium weight flannel by Scabal which I am happy with.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by rrothsch View Post

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.
post #8 of 10
Since it sounds like this will see a lot of wear, I'd skip Fox. And cashmere blends.

No experience w/ Scabal flannel. Don't think I've even seen the swatchbook but I imagine it's expensive.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Macallan View Post

Dugdale do a good 390g flannel cloth ( I have a suit made in a charcoal shade) and would be cheaper then H&S and Minnis. I find 13oz flannel too light for a winter suit (especially a two-piece), more of an early autumn suit unless you get a waistcoat made too.
What do you need/want the suit for?

May I ask what range is it under? I am very interested and never knew TF does flannel....
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by rrothsch View Post

I wear a suit everyday to work which is what I will buying this suit for.

 

If its a regular work suit I recommend you get the heaviest cloth you can find, J&J Minnis do four cloths in a 480g and Fox Brothers have a FS405 range.  Maybe Harrisons have a 17oz flannel, not sure. 

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