Dupioni Silk Suits

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  1. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I think you are right that there is only one mill that makes it anymore, but I have seen more than four colors.  I have seen navy blue, slate blue, harbor blue, elephant gray, tan, and forest green.  There may be others, for all I know.
     


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    My father gave me a Burgandy Dupioni Double brested silk suit.
    It was made for him by Smalto in Paris about 20 years ago.

    It is not something you can wear once a week.

    It is also very warm. But not something that can be worn in the winter.

    I love it, but it is not practical.

    CArl
     


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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Is "como" the same as "dupioni"? A navy or air force blue slubby silk would look pretty cool.

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    I think you are right that there is only one mill that makes it anymore, but I have seen more than four colors. Â I have seen navy blue, slate blue, harbor blue, elephant gray, tan, and forest green. Â There may be others, for all I know.

    Which mill is this?
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=132218

    You are like the dream child of every progressive education expert who thinks he can instill self-esteem by showing that someone with a similar last name to you invented the unicylce or whatever.
     


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    Which mill is this?
    I don't remember. [​IMG]
     


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    greekonomist Senior member

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    Is "como" the same as "dupioni"? A navy or air force blue slubby silk would look pretty cool.

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    Parker! I thought I had gotten over my illogical desire for a dupioni suit. This is not helping.
     


  8. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    I've told this story on here several times...but...last year during the AFI Film Festival in Dallas the downtown Dallas flagship Neiman Marcus store did a film costume display. In the men's department they had a large number of suits from various films including several Robert De Niro suits. One was a slate blue duponi silk suit from The Untouchables. It was three piece with turnback cuffs. I haven't seen too many duponi silk suits I would wear, but that one...unbelievable. I'd have worn that one.
     


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    I think you are right that there is only one mill that makes it anymore, but I have seen more than four colors. Â I have seen navy blue, slate blue, harbor blue, elephant gray, tan, and forest green. Â There may be others, for all I know.

    You left out black.

    Have had a dark navy dupioni SB and tan dupioni DB. Great suits. Remember the trouser held a crease very well.
    Have a light shade of navy cut for a suit but who knows if it will ever get finished. Also have a length in navy on the shelf.
    Most popular use is for white or cream silk DJ.
    Michael Corleone wearing grey silk suit in Nevada comes to mind from the movie.
     


  10. RyJ Maduro

    RyJ Maduro Senior member

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    A silk suit? How, Italian.
     


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    Are we sure we're talking about the same thing here?

    I have a pearl-gray sportcoat labelled dupioni silk, and it is a somewhat coarse but regular weave with minimal stiffness, and a slight sheen. This is consistent with Flusser's references in DTM to the term Dupioni as being Italian for "doubled", and further being a densely woven slightly shiny silk fabric with the weave quite visible.

    My jacket does NOT have the "full of runs" look of shantung silk, with its numerous irregular "slubs" of silk running parallel. I have several ties of this type. It sounds to me like perhaps these two fabric types are being confused.


    I wonder as well.

    I have an mid-grey Domenico Spano silk suit that fits your first description to an absolute tee. It's not slubby. I'm not sure if it qualifies as Dupioni or not.

    FWIW, I like the suit, but clearly, it's not an everyday item in temperate climates. I wear it occasionally during the summer months.
     


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    There is a tan/gold double-breasted suit by Domenico Spano on display right in front of the elevators on the sixth floor at Saks NYC. It has a lot more slubs than the Dupioni suits I have seen, which makes me think it is shantung. Can anyone who has seen it weigh in? I stop and look at it whenever I'm there, and each time there have always been a few others admiring it.
     


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    Somebody here posted a picture of Al Pacino wearing a Dupioni silk suit in the Godfather a while back, but I couldn't find it.

    I think it looks great. I also wish more places would offer shantung ties. They seem to have disappeared.
     


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    Somebody here posted a picture of Al Pacino wearing a Dupioni silk suit in the Godfather a while back, but I couldn't find it.

    I think it looks great. I also wish more places would offer shantung ties. They seem to have disappeared.


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    Very swank.

    I also aspire to a suit made out of moire watered silk.
     


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