Originally Posted by mafoofan
Are we seriously entertaining the notion that polyester is a legitimate material for nice shirting? Sorry, but that's just drowning in denial. How many of us could feel the difference between SG chambray and a two-buck-a-yard cotton-poly blend in a blind test? Do you really think there is
a difference? Do you really believe that SG purposely uses polyester to achieve some sort of visual effect? I can't remember hearing something so absurd from someone so well-reputed in the industry.
Come on, guys. Wake up. I fell for it too, but enough is enough. Draw the line. The truth is, this whole experience only proves how little anybody can tell about cloth and other materials by touch, feel, and appearance. That includes tailors and shirtmakers, believe it or not
. We buy stuff like SG chambray on reputation, which is the only metric that can be relied on with any consistency, but then tell ourselves that our refined senses pickup on the intrinsic quality. Well, when I find out a loved cloth is part polyester, that destroys the maker's reputation, humbles me, and makes me doubt everyone who still sticks up for the stuff.
Don't fool yourselves. In men's clothing, reputation is everything, and it always trumps what you think you feel between your fingers.
1. I don't get it. You've been told by shirtmakers that the stuff is crap.
2. Apart from touch, feel and appearance, what exactly is there to shirting fabric?
Basically, I don't understand that your outrage is happening now as opposed to when you were told by your shirtmaker that the stuff is crap. It's crap because it's crap, not because of the revelation that it contains polyester.
There may well never be nice shirting that contains polyester, there may eventually be. I don't know. But crap shirting is crap shirting and I don't know why you need the discovery that it contains polyester to confirm that for you when you'd already been told so by multiple sources.
Again, what was it that you initially liked about the SG chambray?
You're not even pretending that it's a unique fabric anymore, so what was it that you found attractive?