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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

If you like the H&S fabric and your tailor can make good trousers with it, why not stick with it? Unless you are going with a different tailor when doing CMT. Messing with a good thing can sometimes be far more costly in the long run.

Valid point. I find H&S a bit pricey, especially for odd trousers. I also wanted to try another mill for cavalry twill, as a basis for comparison.
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Originally Posted by P-K-L View Post

I'd order swatches from HFW anyway since the colours on their website and in real life differ a lot.

Yes, I did that and you are quite right. The photos are fairly poor quality and sometimes the color description was more accurate than the image!

Regarding P&H, am I the only one not too thrilled with Harrisons' website? It takes forever to load and I noticed that they deactivated some of the collections (i.e. Moonbeam) so you can no longer see swatch pics. Besides asking them for swatches, is there another website to browse what they have to offer?
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Yes, I did that and you are quite right. The photos are fairly poor quality and sometimes the color description was more accurate than the image!

Regarding P&H, am I the only one not too thrilled with Harrisons' website? It takes forever to load and I noticed that they deactivated some of the collections (i.e. Moonbeam) so you can no longer see swatch pics. Besides asking them for swatches, is there another website to browse what they have to offer?

Harrisons is in the process of updating their website and have de-activated the overwhelming majority of their collections.  I inquired about it 10 days ago and received the following response: "We are currently working on our website which is taking some time due to the fact we have taken over Smith Woollens and W.Bill now and trying to focus on getting these up and running properly, I would be happy to send you any swatches of the fabric you require."

 

They did too!  The total spectrum of blue/navy blue in the Golden Bale Tropical and a number of selections from the "Glorious Twelfth."  Excellent customer service.
 

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I was wondering when the website would begin to reflect the acquisition of Smith's/W. Bill's. I'm eager to see what's there they've finished the update.

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they've been "in the process" for a few months now. don't hold your breath.

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Given the previous lack of any real digital presence on the part of the those two firms, I count the interminable wait as good progress.

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But they are indeed very helpful at sending swatches.
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Originally Posted by venividivicibj View Post

But they are indeed very helpful at sending swatches.

+1

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I agree with what has been said about Harrisons' service. I too have called them up and they first sent photos, followed by swatches. I like to first peruse the site and narrow down my choices before asking them to send me stuff, instead of asking them to send me so many.

Have any of you visited the W.Bill storeroom in London? I called them a few weeks back and was told I could just drop by, but alas, they aren't open on the weekends (I thought about a short cloth-buying weekend in London!).
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Yes definitely nothing quite as pleasurable as dealing with an English cloth merchant. I swear sometimes they have samples in the post fifteen minutes after I've emailed them, and this is sometimes after I've requested a third batch of samples without buying anything.
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I think you guys may check out the facebook of Merino Brothers, the agent of Harrison in Hong Kong, their photo album has most of the books they carries.
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Originally Posted by Fishball View Post

I think you guys may check out the facebook of Merino Brothers, the agent of Harrison in Hong Kong, their photo album has most of the books they carries.

Excellent suggestion.  That's what I've been doing.

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@SimonC posted back in April some lovely bolts of old english cloth. In the spirit of that post and Manton's orginal post, I would like to share some of my collection of vintage British fabrics. Here just some of my favorites. Hopefully I will have time for a few more posts.

vintage flannel, the guy who sold me it claimed it was 30s but could just as easily be 50s, I don't know and don't really care, it is old and very heavy:

AppleMark

3 pieces of vintage 70s/80s 3ply dormeuil Tonik. I also have charcoal piece and have already funded a beautiful navy/blue shot Tonik




2 pieces of mid to late 80s Lesser blue/grey glenn checks, the raf glen check is a 13oz golden bale, the red overcheck was a special run maybe 10/11 oz.





here is a Wain Shiell twist suiting made in the old Ried and Taylor style from Scotland but also with donegal type fabric specks called Waineagle, very heavy, this is getting funded next:





hopefully i can get around to doing a few more posts like this if it is well received. would love to see some other peoples vintage cloth finds.
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I was looking at the new Grouse Moor range from Holland and Sherry today - it has some very vivid coloured fabrics (all very nice though). I mentioned it to Guy Hills of Dashing Tweeds a bit later when I was in their store - really great guy to talk to BTW and their fabrics have really come on in quality - and he agrees that perhaps they have been having an influence on what other more traditional companies are starting to put out. However he also said that from his own researches into older cloth, with the exception of the war years and just after, men's suiting and jacketing in the first half of the C20th was much more varied in colour than had become the case in the last few years. A lot more quite vivid greens, teals and so on, for example.

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Is there a current thread discussing US tailors that you guys are using? I don't want to wait for someone who travels, and I don't need bespoke. Just looking for someone with a track record of good work, preferably in Houston or Dallas.
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