I once preferred Harrison's but I notice a change for the better in this cloth. Not as stiff as before. This is a great color. Making two DB's and one SB in this cloth at present.
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But you're right that it is pretty dark. It has some black threads in it, which I really like. It's chameleon-like in that it looks like a rich brown in bright light and charcoal gray at night. Makes it very versatile.
There's a fabric like this in the 11 oz. Lesser Golden bale. I have a SB suit made up in it (wore it today, actually.) It looks greyer in dimmer light, or if I wear a white shirt; it looks browner in brighter light or if I wear a light blue shirt. I like it a lot.
I've got 2 mentions for Huddersfield Cloth .com on SF. I am curious if there are any more people here who've bought fabric from them. I am looking at some of their "Sales" all wool fabrics.
So I thought the following websites belong to the same BRAND and realized they do not.
I am guessing J&J was bought by Hardy and then by Huddersfield? How did these brands consolidate?
- Huddersfield Fine Worsteds - https://hfwltd.com - The people who make Fresco - Hardy Minnis / J&J Minnis? - Manufacturer
- Huddersfield Cloth - http://www.huddersfieldcloth.com/about.asp - Dealers/ Traders
- Are they reliable source of fabric as well? They have some nice "Sales Specials" going on. Anyone had any experiences with them? Thoughts?
If you e-mail Huddersfield Cloth (I think that the contact e-mail for the cloth offers is mentioned on their Facebook page or website somewhere - it's something like "gcourtnell - at - huddersfield.com", although I could be wrong) and mention the cloth that you are interested in, they will let you know whether it is still available.
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They are happy to post overseas, and they used DHL to send the cloth to me. Obviously, having the cloth sent from the UK to somewhere overseas entails a higher cost, but they deduct VAT from the cost of the cloth which does help to offset the shipping cost.
Regarding Huddersfieldcloth.com, Lynne Mears from Bespokemears spoke with them on my behalf. Apparently, they "did work for Dugdales and started their own business." I did have a jacket made from some of their cloth. I am satisfied with it's quality. Pics were posted in the tweed thread on this forum. Furthermore, I did buy some of their sale cloth. It is currently sitting with my tailor to be made into a 2B SB jacket. He seemed satisfied with the quality of the cloth, but that is before having worked with it. I haven't spoken with him since.
Had a fitting yesterday for a Fox Flannel navy chalk stripe. My first chalk stripe suit actually. It's a DB being made by Steed. Will post photos in A&S thread as Matthew took some that he'll email to me. Seems like a great fabric. Not too heavy and not too light. For a woollen flannel it's a bit smooth right now which I suspect will get more rough after a few wears.
To be creepy, I think I saw you leaving Steed on Monday. I was walking in, you were walking out. Took me a second to realize it, otherwise would have said hello.