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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. A Y

    A Y Well-Known Member

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    I also have a few Brisa suits: the light grey, dark grey, navy PoW, and a navy solid in the works. It is a tough fabric that resists creases well, breathes well, and feels lighter than its weight. I wouldn't call it spongey, except maybe in comparison to a very dry cloth. It is still relatively crisp feeling, like a dry worsted.

    Also, I saw the Golden Bale book this morning and now I want some! Frack. The dark grey birdseye (31167, I think) looks nice. Has anyone had that made up and if so, what kind of suit?
     
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    is there still interest in this? This being a Slewfoot Brown Fresco re-run. I would be interested in a jacket length. not sure where things left off.
     
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    I like that one as well. I was trying to decide between that and the navy birdseye for a DB suit. (Though I think the number may be 31178.)
     
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    Are there photos of this Golden Bale book online anywhere?
     
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    Thanks! I forgot that Harrison's was dealing with them now.
     
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    I have the grey birdseye Golden Bale pre Harrison made up quite a few years ago. It remains one of my favourite suit, it was one of the nicest fabric that I've come across. I haven't see the new Golden Bale book but so I can't comment on the fabric post Harrisons taken over. My was a 3 button single breasted suit.
     
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    Thank you. I'm trying to figure out if the cloth will be OK as a DB. An SB, probably with notch lapels, is the default choice.
     
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    It would look great in a DB, from a distance it's look like solid grey. I thinks birdseye are underrated.
     
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    One of my first good English-style suits was a birdseye DB (Polo, in 1988). It lasted a long time as one of my favorites but is long since gone. Eventually I will have it remade. If you make yours DB, you will make me happy.
     
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    I am consistently blown away by how tasteful the fabrics are in the Golden Bale book. Its a shame they are so expensive. I wish they would just run all those patterns in a less expensive cloth.
     
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    What is the $$$ for the new Golden Bale?
     
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    Would love to know also what tailors are charging for it :)
     
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    I just know both Frank and Chan have always charged a significant premium for it. All in, was about 20% more expensive than a suit in a more typical fabric. Considering that most of that cost is fixed regardless of cloth, it's pretty hefty.
     
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    Good idea to try and find a proxy that can get a better price for you
     
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    I definitely plan on doing a DB suit in birdseye at some point. Likely navy. I know that Dugdale has a great one in their Royal Classics book as seen below. Look forward to seeing the Golden Bale in person sometime.

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    How much does Isles charge for the GB?USD400/meter?
     
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    I don't know, but from my experience their prices are steep, especially when it came to the quotes they were giving me for lessers fabrics. It was cheaper to order directly from harrisons and pay in pounds, I kid you not! I'm guessing they were factoring duty costs into their price, but I'm not 100% positive. There are some proxies here on SF that might be able to quote a better price, but I don't want to shout-out any names.
     
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    Thanks, I guess I will have to seriously consider DB.


    I believe mine charges an extra 300UKP per suit for Golden Bale. No idea what the cloth costs by itself, but I get the feeling that they charge normal people a lot more than tailors.
     
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    That's is a very reasonable price for opting to use Golden Bale from your tailor.
     

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