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post #31 of 55

sanguis: yeah, I found that out in the RL thread. That says it's owned by Jones (as in, Jones New York) though. Eh, I don't mind - I wasn't expecting a beautifully constructed coat for what I paid for it, what I wanted was a knockabout coat in a summer fabric that fit me. At first I was planning to have one made up in a similar style, then I figured 'what the hell, the OTR one fits (it fits, like, *spookily* well, my tailor took one look and said 'nothing to do here'), so why not just pay $300 and wear it rather than pay $700+ to have one that looks like it made?' so...eh. If I'd paid more and expected it to be 'real RL quality' I'd be pissed, but I didn't. :)

 

edit: oh, and to the point of this thread, the issue was the fabric - I still didn't see many other silk/linen blends. I was actually kinda expecting someone to reply to my post and explain that there's some problem with it which is why it's not that common; I'm no fabric expert or anything. But no-one did, so far. The only silk/linen blend I could find from any of the 'big brand' cloth suppliers is Dormeuil's 'Naturals' - http://www.dormeuil.com/en/cloth-collection/detailed-collection/innovative-cloths/naturals/ . Couldn't find anyone on SF who claimed experience with that in a search. Eh, I guess mine will fall apart next week and then I'll know. :)


Edited by AdamWill - 4/18/13 at 11:18am
post #32 of 55
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

I can't agree that a light gray or charcoal odd jacket is a good versatile choice. Navy is still a better choice.

+1.
post #33 of 55

32 posts and no one mentioned the official igent summer fabric yet?

post #34 of 55
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

32 posts and no one mentioned the official igent summer fabric yet?
Which would that be? Fresco and hopsack both seem to have been mentioned.
post #35 of 55

Seersucker?

post #36 of 55
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

32 posts and no one mentioned the official igent summer fabric yet?

There is no official one, each to their own.
Personally I'm more inclined towards lightweight summer fabric in 7oz or 8oz be it bamboo, ramie, hemp, wool blend, linen blend, silk blend or mohair blend and avoiding 100% cotton.
Edited by JTA - 4/19/13 at 5:13am
post #37 of 55
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Originally Posted by AdamWill View Post

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edit: oh, and to the point of this thread, the issue was the fabric - I still didn't see many other silk/linen blends. I was actually kinda expecting someone to reply to my post and explain that there's some problem with it which is why it's not that common; I'm no fabric expert or anything. But no-one did, so far. The only silk/linen blend I could find from any of the 'big brand' cloth suppliers is Dormeuil's 'Naturals' - http://www.dormeuil.com/en/cloth-collection/detailed-collection/innovative-cloths/naturals/ . Couldn't find anyone on SF who claimed experience with that in a search. Eh, I guess mine will fall apart next week and then I'll know. smile.gif

Actually they are starting to be fairly popular with the more well known mills. Loro Piana and Zegna have these as well. I am actually lookingat the zegna one and its called silk linen (51% silk 49% linen). Fairly nice fabric actually. Nice sheen and slubby.

I think you don,t see alot of silk blends mentioned on SF because folks here don't like even the smallest amount of sheen what-so-ever.
post #38 of 55

xenon: Aha, I guess that might explain it. Yeah, 'nice sheen and slubby' about sums it up - has some personality. You couldn't wear it for business, admittedly - I don't have to dress for work, so I like to exploit that :)

post #39 of 55
I just picked up an all navy seersucker blazer from BB with the sale coupons that I'm looking forward too, should be a great summer blazer for the south.
post #40 of 55
I'm skeptical of cotton, but I couldn't resist the $38 deal on cotton "crossover" suits at the Jos. A. Bank outlet in Hagerstown, Md., so I got one in light khaki and one in an olive tending toward brown. I'm paying a lot more than that to hem the pants and correct a pretty bad neck-bunching, but I like the way the suits are fitting. They're side-vented and, by JAB standards, slim-cut.
post #41 of 55
Thread Starter 

Thanks for everyones input. I tried on a BB Fitzgerald jacket but it was too tight in the shoulders chest so I went with a Regent soft cotton jacket in Navy blue that I got for more than half off from the BB site. Hoping I don't get killed with customs on the way into Canada though.

post #42 of 55
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Originally Posted by Big Texas View Post

Linen is all well and good, but if you're looking for something a little bit more versatile (i.e., passable in a more buttoned-up business setting), then wool is the way to go. Hopsack or fresco can wear very cool in the summer, especially if the blazer is unlined or quarter-lined. They're also nice in that they don't wrinkle as noticeably or incorrigibly as linen does.

 

Nothing wrong with linen, per se, but if this is your first blazer -- or your only blazer -- then linen may not be the best first choice.

 

Note that there are linen/wool blends, as well, which wear very nicely in the summer when unlined. Contrary to popular belief, it's not the fabric, per se, that conducts most of the heat in a garment. It's the lining.

 

This.  I even wish I could remove the lining in the sleeves of my un-lined jackets.

 

I also think the blends mentioned above work well.  I prefer a jacket with linen/wool blended than just linen.

post #43 of 55
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Originally Posted by Big Texas View Post

I would go linen/cotton (or linen/wool) over pure cotton. Cotton is seldom a fantastic jacketing material. It is stiff and lacks drape or flow. It also wears a lot warmer than is generally assumed, especially in a chino weave (twill).


and the waiting staff is maybe wearing cotton vests and jackets. You don't want to match them.  that would suck..

post #44 of 55
Linen+cotton, linen, or fresco. Cotton wears warm and has no "give".
post #45 of 55
I recently thrifted a Lubiam (not LBM)1911. It is 1/2 lined made of a great light open weave wool.The inside label says High Twist seems great for summer.
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