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Buying fabric online

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Zanzibar, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Presented with the opportunity to source quality tweeds directly and have them sewn by someone that's made dozens of garments for me, in a known silhouette, I see no reason not to eliminate the retail markup.

    In my case, the CMT provider could destroy one batch of cloth for every one sewn successfully and I'd still be way ahead.

    I agree that the circumstances are unusual.
     
  2. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    I agree completely in this instance. And, perhaps, the real incentive isn't saving the few dollars of retail markup, but the quality of the cloth and certainty of make?
     
  3. Charley

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    In an attempt to return to the original thread topic, I ask if someone here knowledgeable of fabrics could suggest a source for the 10.5 oz Irish linen. Preferably with color choices that include a "dirty" white. Possibly a source that is available online - so that I do not have to visit NYC to have a personal conversation with the proprietor. And, while I'm wishing, one with an affordable price.
     
  4. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    No, you must also be proficient at destroying shirts and pressing coat lapels flat in order to achieve that exalted title.
     
  5. lisapop

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    For years, the Rolls Royce of Irish linen was from Spencer Bryson, in Dublin, however I'm not certain if they're still in business. W. Bill in the UK offers superb Irish linen, as well as a distributor out of Italy called Drapers. Hope this helps.
    Grayson
     
  6. Charley

    Charley Senior member

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    Grayson,

    Thank you for the help.
    I found that company within the last few days. It is now part of another group - name now escapes me. Little information available about them on the WWW - they puffed their quality and that was about it. Nothing for retailer or sourcing contact, IIRC. So, I surfed away. I will have to try to find it again and look more thoroughly.
     
  7. lisapop

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    Charley, this organization might be of assistance, too... Irish Linen Guild 028 9268 9999 Fax 028 9268 9968 Email info@irishlinen.co.uk Grayson
     
  8. Darren Beaman

    Darren Beaman Well-Known Member

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    marc

    For years, the Rolls Royce of Irish linen was from Spencer Bryson, in Dublin, however I'm not certain if they're still in business. W. Bill in the UK offers superb Irish linen, as well as a distributor out of Italy called Drapers. Hope this helps.
    Grayson


    Spencer Bryson, still in business, use them myself.

    but if you`re looking for linen hankerchiefs, The Irish Linen Shop, LONDON


    The Irish Linen Shop
    35/36 Burlington Arcade
    Piccadilly
    London W1
    T 020 7493 8949
     
  9. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    grayson,

    if I wanted a suit for the summer with linen in a blend, what would you recommend? I'll be in Paris for this.

    thanks in advance
     
  10. lisapop

    lisapop Senior member

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    I'm drawing a blank on any kind of respected linen blend for suits, etc. I'm not even sure what would be blended with linen, except, possibly cotton, but I would only recommend pure linen. Linen/cotton for shirts, perhaps.
    Grayson
     
  11. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    Perhaps a clueless shirt guy might suggest that you would like to try Loro Piana's new Cruise Collection II 8oz. Linen & Cashmere (50% Cash/50% Linen) which is a nice Summer suiting or their (less attractive) Linen/Wool (55% Linen/ 45% New Zealand Wool) blend called Cambric available in 11oz stripes or 8.5oz solid colors.
     
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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    (50% Cash/50% Linen)

    Loro Piana is mixing linen with money now? Finally, some justification for thier prices.
     
  13. lisapop

    lisapop Senior member

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    LP=Over-hyped, over-marketed, over-priced, underwhelming quality. Carlo Barbera rules.
    Grayson
     
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    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    Absolutely agreed. Now, answer the man's question with the name of the Barbera linen blend ... or are you clueless?
     
  15. lisapop

    lisapop Senior member

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    Yet you nevertheless recommend LP.
    Grayson
     
  16. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    No, I do not. I merely provided a source for something desired by a member which you claimed an inability to supply.

    Nor do I recommend 100's 2x2 shirtings over my usual higher qualities ... but when someone needs a certain purple, orange, & green stripe, 100's are about the only place to find one. Hence, I don't tell them they can't have it, only that they can't have it in the quality I prefer to offer.
     
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    Grayson, to repeat: Now, answer the man's question with the name of the Barbera linen blend ... or are you clueless?
     
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    Isn't linen blended with silk to reduce the wrinkling?
     
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    I did not claim any inability to supply a linen blend--I wrote that I drew a blank, which means I could not come up with a supplier, not that one does not exist. Â I wasn't aware I was being tested. Â Next time, I'll study harder before posting [​IMG] Sounds like a recommendation to me, although it's a case of semantics, I suppose. Â Whatever. Â You "suggest" that someone "would like to try" cloth that you just acknowledged is over-priced and underwhelming in quality. Â Kind of confusing, but I'm not interested in pursuing the debate. I'd much rather clean the lint out of my trouser cuffs. Â Zei gezunt (Be in good health) Â Have a relaxing weekend, a Happy Passover to those who celebrate the holiday, and don't get "unraveled" over cloth. Grayson Post-script...
    Um, unless I'm missing something, *I* was the man who mentioned Carlo Barbera LOL. Â And, while I have not a clue of whether CB offers a linen blend (nor do I care for that matter), even better, I actually have the privilege of WEARING beautiful garments made for me made from Carlo Barbera cloth. Â Take it from me, wearing CB cloth is much more satisfying than silly postings about CB cloth. Grayson
     
  20. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    if I wanted a suit for the summer with linen in a blend, what would you recommend? Â I'll be in Paris for this.
    I'm drawing a blank on any kind of respected linen blend for suits, etc. Â I'm not even sure what would be blended with linen, except, possibly cotton, but I would only recommend pure linen. Â Linen/cotton for shirts, perhaps. Grayson
    All right, then. I will go that way. Any tailors worth a shot in Paris?
     

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