Originally Posted by zbromer
I'm confused. Multiple shirtmakers (Carl and Freddy) repeatedly claimed that it was not good based on their touching it, feeling it, and looking at it. The shirtmakers who seemed to claim it was good either a) had an interest in selling you the stuff (Rubinacci and Anna) or b) were speaking to you in person and probably didn't want to offend you (Eugene and Stephen).
I'm happy to use Freddy. I almost never pay attention to the fabric maker when I go to him. He tells me a fabric is good. I trust him. He's never trying to upsell. I look at it, touch it, see if I like it, then order it. Pretty simple. Freddy's just an honest guy.
First of all, Eugene has no incentive to commend the stuff. I'm sure he'd rather sell me Alumo.
Second, just as shirtmakers who sell the stuff have an incentive to talk it up, so do those who don't sell it to talk it down. They have other shirtings to sell, after all.
Third, my whole point is that you cannot rely on tailor/shirtmaker opinion precisely because it varies between individuals so much. Now, if they all agree, that counts for something. But one tailor or shirtmaker's opinion is neither here nor there. As consumers of this stuff, we need to be more circumspect and look for broad, meaningful consensus (reputation).
Never trust your tailor too much. He is, through it all, a salesman.