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post #8521 of 12492
Getting back to sharkskin for a second

Trying to get a feel for sharkskin cloth costs. (And cloth in general)

The Minnis stuff costs about $360 for a suit on the retail site. (Incidentally, how does Minnis sharkskin stack up?)

Not sure how much these cloths would run for a suit:


-Smiths Botany (11 oz)
-Smiths Steadfast (14 oz)

-Lessers Lumbs Golden Bale
-Taylor and Lodge Lumbs Golden Bale

-Harrisons Edinburgh Premier Cru (11 oz)
-Harrisons Edinburgh Oyster (13 oz)

-Minnis (13 oz)

-Holland and Sherry Intercity
post #8522 of 12492
I got Smith's Botany (which is 13 oz not 11 oz) for around $130-150 per yard from Isles. I don't suggest buying retail because I doubt you save money. I only did it because NSM doesn't carry Smith's. The Botany has a fantastically wide selection of sharkskin and I suggest you at least peruse the book.
post #8523 of 12492
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Originally Posted by poorsod View Post

I got Smith's Botany (which is 13 oz not 11 oz) for around $130-150 per yard from Isles. I don't suggest buying retail because I doubt you save money. I only did it because NSM doesn't carry Smith's. The Botany has a fantastically wide selection of sharkskin and I suggest you at least peruse the book.

Thanks!

Excited to check out all of these books.
post #8524 of 12492
NSM has access to Lesser, Harrison's, Minnis and H&S. If there are certain books you want, I think it is best to ask them to bring it.
post #8525 of 12492
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

I have a medium grey sharkskin suit coming in from Rubinacci. Lesser Lumb's Golden Bale. Awesome stuff.

To be clear, sharkskin is just form of worsted wool. It's just a different weave pattern, like herringbone or twill. I like it because it adds some color variegation without imposing a distinct pattern.

So I'm trying to do an all bespoke wardrobe in terms of suits. How do you plan out your next purchase in terms of seasonal wear and how often are you ordering? How versatile is a blue/navy suit?
post #8526 of 12492
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Originally Posted by lordsuperb View Post

So I'm trying to do an all bespoke wardrobe in terms of suits. How do you plan out your next purchase in terms of seasonal wear and how often are you ordering? How versatile is a blue/navy suit?

This was a good thread for seasonality matters: http://www.styleforum.net/t/310941/10-suit-wardrobe/100_50

I'm not sure I follow the navy suit question. That's the 1st or 2nd most versatile color you could have...
post #8527 of 12492
Has anyone used cloth from the "other" Harrisons? (Burley, not Edinburgh)

They get pretty good reviews in general: http://www.styleforum.net/t/243521/harrisons-burley-fabrics/0_50

I found this 11-12 oz sharkskin cheap on eBay.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/111169284458?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
post #8528 of 12492

Yes, I use them a lot, as they're the only English mill that sells to the clothiers where I live.  As it's a hot climate, I've only experience with the lighter weights, but I've used several of their cloths and been very happy so far.  

post #8529 of 12492
I have used their Arthur harrison flannels and semi milled wool worsted. Both are excellent choice and I don't find them any worse than similar famous names.
post #8530 of 12492
I have a suit made out of their semi-milled range and it drapes well and like the other posters above have said, the cloth appears as durable as stuff from other makers I have tried such as Harrisons of Edinburgh, Lesser and Smiths.
post #8531 of 12492
Does anyone have pictures or know the number of the H. Lesser Lumb's Golden Bale 13 oz cloth in navy?
thanks
post #8532 of 12492
31168 is the dark navy, 31166 is a shade or two lighter. The lighter looks like sharkskin, darker more like a plain worsted
post #8533 of 12492
thanks so much, Chris. Very much appreciated.
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post #8534 of 12492
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post

Getting back to sharkskin for a second

Trying to get a feel for sharkskin cloth costs. (And cloth in general)

The Minnis stuff costs about $360 for a suit on the retail site. (Incidentally, how does Minnis sharkskin stack up?)

Not sure how much these cloths would run for a suit:


-Smiths Botany (11 oz)
-Smiths Steadfast (14 oz)

-Lessers Lumbs Golden Bale
-Taylor and Lodge Lumbs Golden Bale

-Harrisons Edinburgh Premier Cru (11 oz)
-Harrisons Edinburgh Oyster (13 oz)

-Minnis (13 oz)

-Holland and Sherry Intercity

I ordered 2 yards of Steadfast 1561 (Navy Hopsack) directly from Smiths for 146 pounds. Shipping to USA was 12 pounds.

sales@smithwoollens.co.uk
post #8535 of 12492
I was asking my tailor about houndstooth flannel suitings, and it seems they're pretty thin on the ground. The StyFo-grail Minnis 0656 is apparently discontinued with no lengths left, and they could locate only 1 from Harrisons, 2 from Fox, and 1 from H&S. I asked for mid- to dark-grey. Any other ideas?
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