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post #15946 of 19905
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Originally Posted by lordsuperb View Post

Does fresco really keep you cool?

Yessir
post #15947 of 19905
Agreed, save the heavier weight frescos such as Smith's Finmeresco which I find wears very warm. With 20/20 hindsight, the few heavier frescos I have are the only cloths I regret having made up.
post #15948 of 19905
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Originally Posted by aportnoy View Post

Agreed, save the heavier weight frescos such as Smith's Finmeresco which I find wears very warm. With 20/20 hindsight, the few heavier frescos I have are the only cloths I regret having made up.

Finmeresco comes in a lighter weight as well. I actually really liked the swatches compared to Minnis. Lots of nicer colors.
post #15949 of 19905
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Originally Posted by xizenta View Post

Finmeresco comes in a lighter weight as well. I actually really liked the swatches compared to Minnis. Lots of nicer colors.

Thanks, I realize that they come in a range of weights.

The nice colors were what initially drew me to the Simth's. Was simply saying that the heavier weight Smith's fresco (and others, I would assume) wears quite warm and that all frescos are not equal in that respect.
post #15950 of 19905
I have a suit in Smith's Finnmeresco and it's both heavy and hot. I actually think the tailor made the suit out of the wrong weight of the pattern I wanted. It's also lined with silk, which I find to be relatively hot as well.
post #15951 of 19905
Thread Starter 
I've avoided Finnmeresco because of the weight issue. I actually have 3 suits from Minnis 9.5/10 fresco and find it unwearable in summer. Given the way the weather in NY has been the last few years, these suits don't get much wear because the "tween" seasons seem to be about two weeks/year. Though, the navy BlazerSuit™ jacket gets a lot of wear in NorCal and elsewhere.

When Finnmeresco first came out (2007?) it was all 12 ounces and I thought "this cannot be good." Since then they have added lighter weights, but I've not bought. I was taken by the colors--much better than Minnis--but still, too heavy.

The Minnis 8/9, though, is by far the best thing I own for summer heat. The range is limited and there is only one blue, which is way too dark, but still, the grays are terrific.

I guess it depends on your constitution, but for me, it seems that only winter-heavy and summer-superlight offer good values.

I also find that silk lining is way hot, which puts me at odds with the Rubinacci aficionados, but what can I do.
post #15952 of 19905
California weather isn't as bad as NYC, but I've been OK with 9/10 oz Fresco. On a really hot 90+ degree day, I try to not wear a jacket anyway.

FWIW, I'm working on a navy houndstooth Fresco and Huddersfield told me that, in order to get the scale of pattern I want, it'll have to be 10/11 oz. I tried to get it in 9/10 territory, but that would require a smaller pattern. I figured an extra ounce wouldn't hurt.
post #15953 of 19905
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I've avoided Finnmeresco because of the weight issue. I actually have 3 suits from Minnis 9.5/10 fresco and find it unwearable in summer. Given the way the weather in NY has been the last few years, these suits don't get much wear because the "tween" seasons seem to be about two weeks/year. Though, the navy BlazerSuit™ jacket gets a lot of wear in NorCal and elsewhere.

When Finnmeresco first came out (2007?) it was all 12 ounces and I thought "this cannot be good." Since then they have added lighter weights, but I've not bought. I was taken by the colors--much better than Minnis--but still, too heavy.

The Minnis 8/9, though, is by far the best thing I own for summer heat. The range is limited and there is only one blue, which is way too dark, but still, the grays are terrific.

I guess it depends on your constitution, but for me, it seems that only winter-heavy and summer-superlight offer good values.

I also find that silk lining is way hot, which puts me at odds with the Rubinacci aficionados, but what can I do.

What about mohair, and what weight do you consider winter heavy?
post #15954 of 19905
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post


I also find that silk lining is way hot, which puts me at odds with the Rubinacci aficionados, but what can I do.
I hate it and have been thinking of getting them to change it in the suits that have it.
post #15955 of 19905
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Originally Posted by coolpapa View Post


I hate it and have been thinking of getting them to change it in the suits that have it.

Silk doesnt breathe, and as such is a great insulator. I had thoughts about using a vintage Hermes scarf of my grandmother's as the lining of a tuxedo I was having made last year. Since I tend to run nuclear hot (I'm pretty slim and there is no ready explanation for this. Maybe a thyroid thing. Any endocrinologists on the forum?), it simply wasnt a realistic option for me. Those with better heat tolerance may enjoy silk though.

post #15956 of 19905
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I like the look of mohair, or some mohair--not the greaseball 60s mohair but the more refined stuff. I got one mohair suit that is quite nice looking but wears too hot for real summer heat. But it looks super-summery. So it gets worn a few times in late spring and on the rare mild summer days. I had one other piece of very pretty lesser light gray mohair but I traded it to T4 (I don't know if he ever made it or not) and got a light gray minnis fresco 8 oz instead. That remains my go-to summer business suit.
post #15957 of 19905
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Originally Posted by bdavro23 View Post
 

Silk doesnt breathe, and as such is a great insulator. I had thoughts about using a vintage Hermes scarf of my grandmother's as the lining of a tuxedo I was having made last year. Since I tend to run nuclear hot (I'm pretty slim and there is no ready explanation for this. Maybe a thyroid thing. Any endocrinologists on the forum?), it simply wasnt a realistic option for me. Those with better heat tolerance may enjoy silk though.

 

 

Same problem

post #15958 of 19905
My experience is that mohair wears hotter than fresco but maintains its crisp look despite the humidity or sweat. So you look cool, even though you feel hot. I don't mind because I'm in AC most of the time in the summer.

I have a length of 100% mohair waiting to be made up.
post #15959 of 19905

Does anyone have an idea what happened to the Merino Brothers website? Looks like they're undergoing a site update...at least that's my hope, given that virtually their entire inventory is no longer showing up on site.

post #15960 of 19905
Thread Starter 
Supposedly, 100% mohair is prone to cracking. I have no experience with the stuff, but that's what tailors say.
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