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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. dan'l

    dan'l Well-Known Member

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    Well, I do not mean in general how much more one needs compared to the bare minimum quoted by the tailor, but rather if one should plan an extra margin since the cloth is only single width.
     
  2. tchoy

    tchoy Well-Known Member

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    Yes, double the amount if it's a single width cloth plus extra if it's checks, to be sure check with your tailor.
     
  3. Slickman

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    Diework, I'm looking forward to the brown fresco in the coming months, should be a good one
     
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  4. dan'l

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    I am looking for some cavalry twill in tan or beige. Any recommendations? I ordered a pair of trousers in H&S brown cavalry twill from my tailor and am quite happy with them, but since I will be going CMT this time around, I am looking for a different source. Huddersfield carries cavalry twill, but I have not found the exact shade I am after. Any other suggestions?
     
  5. Concordia

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    Porter & Harding?
     
  6. P-K-L

    P-K-L Well-Known Member

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    I'd order swatches from HFW anyway since the colours on their website and in real life differ a lot.
     
  7. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Well-Known Member

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    If you like the H&S fabric and your tailor can make good trousers with it, why not stick with it? Unless you are going with a different tailor when doing CMT. Messing with a good thing can sometimes be far more costly in the long run.
     
  8. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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    very awesome
     
  9. hst

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    Hi guys - any experience with H&S Techlana? How does it hang and perform? Is it a good summer cloth?
     
  10. Jonah

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    This would be interesting to note.
     
  11. dan'l

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    Valid point. I find H&S a bit pricey, especially for odd trousers. I also wanted to try another mill for cavalry twill, as a basis for comparison.
     
  12. dan'l

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    Yes, I did that and you are quite right. The photos are fairly poor quality and sometimes the color description was more accurate than the image!

    Regarding P&H, am I the only one not too thrilled with Harrisons' website? It takes forever to load and I noticed that they deactivated some of the collections (i.e. Moonbeam) so you can no longer see swatch pics. Besides asking them for swatches, is there another website to browse what they have to offer?
     
  13. KYHillbilly

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    Harrisons is in the process of updating their website and have de-activated the overwhelming majority of their collections. I inquired about it 10 days ago and received the following response: "We are currently working on our website which is taking some time due to the fact we have taken over Smith Woollens and W.Bill now and trying to focus on getting these up and running properly, I would be happy to send you any swatches of the fabric you require."

    They did too! The total spectrum of blue/navy blue in the Golden Bale Tropical and a number of selections from the "Glorious Twelfth." Excellent customer service.
     
  14. Stencil

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    I was wondering when the website would begin to reflect the acquisition of Smith's/W. Bill's. I'm eager to see what's there they've finished the update.
     
  15. venividivicibj

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    they've been "in the process" for a few months now. don't hold your breath.
     
  16. Stencil

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    Given the previous lack of any real digital presence on the part of the those two firms, I count the interminable wait as good progress.
     
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  17. venividivicibj

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    But they are indeed very helpful at sending swatches.
     
  18. KYHillbilly

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    +1
     
  19. dan'l

    dan'l Well-Known Member

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    I agree with what has been said about Harrisons' service. I too have called them up and they first sent photos, followed by swatches. I like to first peruse the site and narrow down my choices before asking them to send me stuff, instead of asking them to send me so many.

    Have any of you visited the W.Bill storeroom in London? I called them a few weeks back and was told I could just drop by, but alas, they aren't open on the weekends (I thought about a short cloth-buying weekend in London!).
     
  20. GucciKid

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    Yes definitely nothing quite as pleasurable as dealing with an English cloth merchant. I swear sometimes they have samples in the post fifteen minutes after I've emailed them, and this is sometimes after I've requested a third batch of samples without buying anything.
     

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