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post #30526 of 53395
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

I've noticed that MJ Bale has started mixing poly into a few of their products. Is this a worrying sign? Gant Rugger did the same thing a few years back: built up the customer base, then suddenly their crew necks that were 100% wool of 100% cotton the year before were 50/50 blends.

http://www.mjbale.com/whats-new/knight-navy-jacket ($595!)
http://www.mjbale.com/clothing/coats-and-jackets/coats/silberberg-tobacco-coat
http://www.mjbale.com/clothing/coats-and-jackets/coats/silberberg-navy-coat
http://www.mjbale.com/whats-new/keating-denim-coat

Their rain macs last year were 100% cotton at the same price (GN and I both own one).

I know that there is a lot of nice poly out there and it doesn't deserve to be condemned purely on the fact that it's synthetic (and it is quite useful for waterproofing in things like rain macs), but still.
Rain macs with poly I can live with. For better or worse there is a pretty good tradition of poly blend (or nylon) raincoats etc. I'm less willing to forgive poly blend jackets, especially for a brand who's very name is so entwined* with the notion of using Australian merino.


*nominee for fxh-style pun of the day.
post #30527 of 53395
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Originally Posted by Prince of Paisley View Post

Rain macs with poly I can live with. For better or worse there is a pretty good tradition of poly blend (or nylon) raincoats etc. I'm less willing to forgive poly blend jackets, especially for a brand who's very name is so entwined* with the notion of using Australian merino.


*nominee for fxh-style pun of the day.

+1. Given that Jensen has stated that he named the brand after bales of wool and his family's wool-farming heritage, it smacks of hypocrisy to start selling jackets that are 50% polyester.

Admittedly, the odd jacket in question is 50% cotton and 50% polyester, rather than wool/poly, but it's still pretty poor form, particularly when the MJ Bale website talks about the trouble that they go to in selecting textiles and making sure the finest fabrics are used in their products.
post #30528 of 53395
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

+1. Given that Jensen has stated that he named the brand after bales of wool and his family's wool-farming heritage, it smacks of hypocrisy to start selling jackets that are 50% polyester.

Admittedly, the odd jacket in question is 50% cotton and 50% polyester, rather than wool/poly, but it's still pretty poor form, particularly when the MJ Bale website talks about the trouble that they go to in selecting textiles and making sure the finest fabrics are used in their products.

It's advertised in their recent email as a "travel jacket", which may have something to do with the composition. Still, I'd think other combos would be better.
post #30529 of 53395
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

It's advertised in their recent email as a "travel jacket", which may have something to do with the composition. Still, I'd think other combos would be better.
I suppose the idea with the poly is it holds its shape better when sitting on long haul flights, packed in suitases etc. But I have to say my 100% wool Westferry from a couple of seasons back has been an excellent travel jacket in that regard, so I'm not sure you really need to mix poly in there, you just have to get the weave right for crease resistance.
post #30530 of 53395
Or embrace creases as well, PoP? I don't mind them smile.gif
post #30531 of 53395
I would think a wool/mohair mix be a better fabric for a travel jacket at that price point.
post #30532 of 53395
If you want a bit of give in a garment I would have thought 5 per cent poly would be enough.
post #30533 of 53395
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Originally Posted by Prince of Paisley View Post

Rain macs with poly I can live with. For better or worse there is a pretty good tradition of poly blend (or nylon) raincoats etc. I'm less willing to forgive poly blend jackets, especially for a brand who's very name is so entwined* with the notion of using Australian merino.

*nominee for fxh-style pun of the day.

I suppose it depends if the customer feels they are being fleeced or having the wool pulled over their eyes. You would think after all the PR about merino etc that they'd be a bit sheepish about using poly.
post #30534 of 53395
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Originally Posted by Michael Sy View Post

I was fortunate enough to eat at Attica in January this year. It was the best dining experience I have ever had. Extremely affordable and the service was exceptional. I had a lengthy conversation with Ben in his garden. A truly outstanding man, with a great deal of talent.

When I go there and eat at my usual table I often have a chat about the business. We usually share a quiet vintage port or two in the garden while he politely asks my advice on food. When he knocks off we often text TBM and head off for a sooovo laki and a Bundy & Coke. Top bloke.
post #30535 of 53395
Re Bale and quality:

I find it's hit and miss.

What I still like about HBone is this:

The product somehow feels more refined. As I mentioned earlier, the hand is softer, the osaka cut is fuller and not too skinny, the lapels (Osaka again) are wider and roll quite nicely etc.

Can't get more specific than that; it's very much in the realm of opinion.
post #30536 of 53395
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

When I go there and eat at my usual table I often have a chat about the business. We usually share a quiet vintage port or two in the garden while he politely asks my advice on food. When he knocks off we often text TBM and head off for a sooovo laki and a Bundy & Coke. Top bloke.

FXH - a man for all seasons.
post #30537 of 53395
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Originally Posted by ColdEyedPugilist View Post

Re Bale and quality:

I find it's hit and miss.

What I still like about HBone is this:

The product somehow feels more refined. As I mentioned earlier, the hand is softer, the osaka cut is fuller and not too skinny, the lapels (Osaka again) are wider and roll quite nicely etc.

Can't get more specific than that; it's very much in the realm of opinion.

I agree. Bale is great for what it is, but it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi...non?
post #30538 of 53395
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

I suppose it depends if the customer feels they are being fleeced or having the wool pulled over their eyes. You would think after all the PR about merino etc that they'd be a bit sheepish about using poly.

Someone buy this man a beer!
post #30539 of 53395
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Or embrace creases as well, PoP? I don't mind them smile.gif
Sure, but you don't want your jackets to look like Barry Cassidy's face.
post #30540 of 53395
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

I suppose it depends if the customer feels they are being fleeced or having the wool pulled over their eyes. You would think after all the PR about merino etc that they'd be a bit sheepish about using poly.
That's all fine if you want to micron-analyse it... but you always have to ram your point home don't ewe?

;-)
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