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Dupioni silk suiting

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by taffy, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. taffy

    taffy Active Member

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    Which mills/merchants offer pure dupioni silk suiting fabric?

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  2. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I have Dupioni by Scabal and Loro Piana. There may be other merchants, but those two are enough for me for such a niche fabric.
     
  3. taffy

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    does it wear hot or cool?
    What seasons would it suit well?
    How does it wrinkle/crease?
     
  4. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I have never made one for myself or a client but I am seriously thinking of doing one for myself. I imagine it would be more of a spring suit or something you could wear more formally in the evening all year round. What I have would probably wear too hot for late summer and too delicate and light for fall/ winter, I wouldn't want to get rain on it.

    Wrinkling and creasing shouldn't be too bad, I have a 100% silk suit and many other suits with silk in them and they have very good "memory retention" especially for the weight. Wont be the same as a tweed or a heavy Lesser but should hold up pretty well.

    Its rather expensive cloth especially for something of fairly limited use, my chrome looking zegna silk suit is rather nice but I don't wear it often, just too scary. Its too dressy and nice for everyday but by the same token I wouldn't want to wear it at a big party......maybe a christening or communion really is the place to wear it.

    The dupioni I have from Scabal is particularly beautiful but it doesn't look like Michaels', his has two colors in it, these are solid colors.
     
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  6. chippneckwear

    chippneckwear Well-Known Member

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    I have used Dupioni from Loro Piana. Very costly! The "slubs" mask some of the wrinkling that is part of light silk. Silk does not breathe - it wears hotter than pure fiber non silks of comparable weight. Through the years I made a fair number of blazers and a few suits and a few dinner suits. The blazers are wearable through most of the year.
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    Is the shine comparable to the Dormeuil mohair blend?
    Approximately how much does it run per metre?
     
  8. David Reeves

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    Maybe a bit shinier than something like Tonik but similar. Well if I made you a Tonik mohair 2 piece it would run at 5000 if I did a Dupioni it would be 7000
     

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