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post #5191 of 10620
Are you going for a woolen flannel or a worsted flannel?
post #5192 of 10620
Probably worsted. I have a couple of tweed odd jackets that I use for winter, and am considering a blazersuit from the London Lounge flannel bunch come autumn. For the moment, I am looking for intermediate wear, even summer (we don't get sweltering heat very often here).
post #5193 of 10620
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Originally Posted by bboysdontcryy View Post


What do you mean 'perform' like a 15 oz Minnis flannel? Do you mean in terms of durability and warmth, or how it looks like when made up?

 

The former - durability and warmth.

 

Fwiw, in contrast to Manton's experience with Solito, I had an 11oz. Draper's flannel made by Raphael many years ago - hate the stuff - pills and wrinkles easily, doesn't hold its shape etc.

post #5194 of 10620
Thread Starter 
Drapers is kind of all over the map in that there is a great deal of it, some of it very good, some of it not so good. I have two flannels (one pents one suit) that are both great but I am told that the pents are english and the suit is Carlo B, which is th best Italian mill).

As a rule, the best of drapers are the cottons, linens and silks.
post #5195 of 10620
I've always found the Minnis flannels to be the best all round. Bit of a wiry feel to them though.

Some of the H&S flannels are very nice, tailor well but won't be as hard wearing (not that flannel is particularly hard wearing anyway) as the Minnis ones.
post #5196 of 10620
It seems, to me anyway that you really can't go wrong with Minnis across the board.
post #5197 of 10620
and Lesser.
post #5198 of 10620
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

It seems, to me anyway that you really can't go wrong with Minnis across the board.

Speaking of which, does anyone know where I can find Minnis outside of the Huddersfield site? Sid's has the fresco and fresco II but I'm looking for some gabardine.
post #5199 of 10620
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

It seems, to me anyway that you really can't go wrong with Minnis across the board.

It depends on what you want. Minnis seem to specialise in conservative cloths these days, those that ae of English make that is.
post #5200 of 10620
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Originally Posted by Liquidus View Post

Does anyone know a way to purchase Smith Woolens fabric direct? The maker itself seems to be not on the internet, and Isles Textiles Group, their US distributor, has not responded to my email. I will try calling them.

I went to the office / mini warehouse today. It's a surpisingly large operation there so I have to think they'd sell you some over the phone and mail it to you.

I wouldn't be shocked if they weren't incredibly keen to mail you a dozen swatches with no firm prospect of an order so it would be best if you knew what you wanted already.

I paid 90/m. I imagine that ex VAT + shipping, you'd be a little better off.
post #5201 of 10620
OK, I can't get LL's houndstooth Shetland out of my mind. It seems like a beautiful cloth, but I'm unsure whether the scale is a touch too big. Is it, or am I just being wimpy?



This feels more wearable

post #5202 of 10620
I've seen it in person and didn't think it was too big. Although I preferred the herringbone and remain disappointed that one didn't get made up.
post #5203 of 10620
Nah, I think big is the way to go here. Small is actually harder to wear since it's more likely to overlap with the scale of patterns in shirts and ties.
post #5204 of 10620
Big!
post #5205 of 10620
Bigger is better!
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