Originally Posted by kolecho
It's not about price. Ray deals with tweed, linen and overcoatings. The guys at Smith deal with worsteds. The two premises are within walking distance but I don't think Ray keeps worsted patterns at his place. He has to send your request to the Smith guys. It's easier for you to go direct to Smith and deal with people there who handle worsteds on a daily basis and have such patterns/pieces/rolls within arm's reach to send to you.
Interesting how you presume how something is 'easier' for me / him, but I appreciate your concern. For the record, Ray does keep some worsteds at his underground office, and people like Sean at SW have often referred me back to Ray.
This strikes me as the classic SF post where people feel the need to uncessantly demonstrate their knowledge when no question was asked or assistance requested.