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Blazer with textured weave?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by calogero, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. calogero

    calogero Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2011
    Hi all,

    I'm having a blazer MTM and would like to avoid the smooth sheen that many wool suits seem to have.

    Should I be opting for an alternative material (such as cotton), or a particular kind of weave?

    Any advice is appreciated.
  2. Millerp

    Millerp Senior member

    Feb 3, 2004
    If by "blazer" you mean the traditional navy kind, then hopsack weave wool is often used.

    If by "blazer" you mean sport coat, then just look at your tailor's bolts of cloth or fabric samples
    and choose a fabric that appeals to you.

    Unless you are going for a very casual summer jacket, cotton would probably not be your best choice.
  3. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

    Mar 22, 2008
    Sounds like you simply want a woolen fabric as opposed to a worsted. Lots of choices out there.
  4. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Sep 18, 2007
    I had a blue blazer made recently and selected a solid navy herringbone weave in a wool/cashmere blend. The effect is subtle but a nice change from a regular navy blazer.
  5. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

    Feb 11, 2009
    A traditional textured material for a blazer would be a hopsack, which has a canvas-like weave, but is made of wool. I also like Harris tweed blazers (they do make navy blue Harris, or at least they used to), but that's more of a niche taste.
  6. comrade

    comrade Senior member

    May 10, 2005
    Menlo Park, CA

    Good Hopsack wears well and does not shine. I have one that is over 15 years old.
    A little dated as to button stance, but shows no wear. I also have a new one in cashmere
    with a barely perceptible herringbone pattern. It'll never shine.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011
  7. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

    Oct 30, 2009

    basically what everyone said... which is to get anything but worsted wool.
    cotton, herringbone, tweed, woolen, linen blend, fresco, etc etc... depending on where you live, seasons, etc
  8. Tailor Dan

    Tailor Dan Senior member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Just want to be clear that hopsack and herringbones generally are found in worsted wools. It just means combed wool. So mentioning these weaves makes no difference except the weaves themselves seem not to shine so quickly. This is a phalicy. They do shine just the same as a plain navy would but the weaves help hide it so are not seen for longer.
  9. fknandrew

    fknandrew Active Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    HI guys. I'm planning to buy a summer jacket/blazer and I have a particular material in mind but I don't know what it is called. Does anyone know the type of jacket/material in this photo? Is it some sort of cotton weave?[​IMG]

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