Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
I am still failing too see what is so great about this SG chambray as compared to chambray or end on end from any of the other well known mills.
The "old" stuff is very unique looking for dress shirting. The color variegation is more like hazy fogging than the cross-hatching you get with non-chambray end-on-ends. Like denim. It doesn't sound like any of the serious, high-end mills make anything like it. Well, except for maybe Bonfanti, but I haven't seen any examples yet. Some would say there is good reason for this, and you can
find similar stuff for much less money, as made for casual, sporty clothing and workwear. I'm beginning to believe they are right and there is no intrinsic magic to the stuff--it's just a common product being marketed in an uncommon context. One theory is that it is truly made for work uniforms in France. Sounds ridiculous given the pricing, but who said everyone pays the same price? Remember: France.
The new stuff . . . well, the jury is out. It still looks different from typical end-on-end, but there is really nothing denim-like about it. The variegation is all linear and parallel. There is no "hair" to it. Yet, if you look at the old stuff, the "hair" probably isn't a good thing. It's fibers coming off the yarns. That doesn't speak well to its quality, and the uneven weaving is also questionable. The newer version seems much sounder.