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I tried on an Etro suit in gray seersucker from the spring 2005 collection. The fabric felt stiff, like sometimes a Halloween costume or a theater costume might. I inspected the coat very closely. By all measures, it was fully canvassed. Could there be another explanation for the rigidity, the lack of flow, in the fabric?
 

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I would guess that it had some oddities in the fabric composition that gave it the stiffness. Did you check to see if it was 100% wool?
 

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I'll go to the store on Monday to fetch a pair of slacks and will verify the fabric composition, elicit an explanation from the dealer, then report back. Surely it should make for a good laugh.

BTW, at Nordstrom I saw a Hugo Boss suit with the same kind of thing going on at half the price.
 

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The older suits, with small brown inside labels (much like the ones on the shirts) were completely fused and not very nice.

A couple of years ago, Kean switched the production to Boglioli and the suits now have canvassed lapels. These are identified by a different label -- about the size of an index card with text and a border that's woven into the lining. Also, none of the fused pre-Boglioli suits/jackets have colored felt under the collar.
 

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The older suits, with small brown inside labels (much like the ones on the shirts) were completely fused and not very nice.

A couple of years ago, Kean switched the production to Boglioli and the suits now have canvassed lapels.  These are identified by a different label -- about the size of an index card with text and a border that's woven into the lining.  Also, none of the fused pre-Boglioli suits/jackets have colored felt under the collar.
This Etro was entirely canvassed. Under the collar was pink felt.
 

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Hmm... maybe they changed it this season. Was it still priced just over $1k?
 

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Hmm... maybe they changed it this season.  Was it still priced just over $1k?
$1295
 

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UPDATE:

Etro suits for 2005: canvassed lapels, fused chestpiece

The fusing probably accounts for the stiff feel of the fabric which, I now know, is cotton.

I only detected the coat's fusing once I pinched the front of the jacket, pulled it away from the lining, and heard this long, fine ripping sound, sort of like velcro. I assume this is the sound of a fused garment.
 

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Yes, that ripping sound is the friction of the fusing and the "chest piece" (which even a fused suit will have).
 

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