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

  1. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Distinguished 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 Distinguished 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.
     


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


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    Alexander Kabbaz Distinguished 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?
     


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    Yet you nevertheless recommend LP.
    Grayson
     


  6. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Distinguished 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.
     


  7. Alexander Kabbaz

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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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    chorse123 Stylish Dinosaur

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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
     


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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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    Sorry, not a clue.  Just know about London and NY tailors.  Have a nice trip, though.  Charvet & Hermes ties and John Lobb & JM Weston shoes rule.
    Grayson
     


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    Yet you nevertheless recommend LP.
    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. Â 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.
    The suggestion you made of the blended fabric from LP may be excellent - if a blend is what you want to accept. In this case, I am looking for a source for a suit fabric of 10+ oz Irish lined. Linen as it is suposed to be. Notwithstanding that some can conjure up blends that should be better, as measured by any number of factors. I certainly would appreciate any suggestion of source that you may know of for the fabric. Or should I simply keep surfing for a supplier?
     


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    i have never seen him with any linens, but you could contact an ebay seller called how6955 and see if he ever comes across it. he carries a lot of high grade wools normally and is based in Leeds, I believe buying mill offcuts from the area. I have no clue whether that gives him access to Irish linens, but enquiry costs you only an email I guess, and youll never know unless you ask. He sells at unbeatable prices in small quantities. FYI - he is on vacation until May 5
     


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    I do not recommend buying cloth on line as a general rule because:

    1. Unless you're getting a name brand (e.g., Smith's or Loro Piana), you don't know what you're getting. The names frequently mentioned here, such as Lesser and Harrisons, sell quality cloth, but there is a whole world of no name junk being sold.

    2. Even if you're buying a name brand at a bargain price, you're probably getting either a second or cloth that could not be sold at retail, such as a lovely navy with a purple chalkstripe.

    3. Unless you're in the trade and have a great knowledge of the cloth offered (e.g., Holland & Sherry's Snowy River 12 oz. navy), you need to see and feel the cloth. A color image on your computer screen is not a substitute.

    4. As a layman, you might accept a cloth with a defect, which is not readily apparent to you. Either the tailor will refuse to make the suit or the suit will be a disappointment.

    5. If the tailor loses or damages the cloth, then you will have a fight as to who should be responsible.

    6. You might order too little cloth. E.g., a bold plaid will require more cloth. You might also over-compensate by ordering too much cloth.

    In sum, you are better off going to a tailor with a good selection of cloth. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience.

    Good luck.
     


  15. Alexander Kabbaz

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    Charley - I wasn't answering your original question as a number of previous posts had already done that. Another member had inquired about linen blends and I was trying to assist in answering that subsequent question. Sorry if you mistook my response.
    Alex
     


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