Etro

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  1. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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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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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Some wools are deliberately treated to make the finished garment a little stiffer (I personally like the effect in some cases). And as Brian said, there may be metal or other components in it.
     


  4. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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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.
     


  5. JDMcDaniel

    JDMcDaniel Well-Known Member

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    To the best of my knowledge, Etro suits are fused.
     


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    jerseyguy Well-Known Member

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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.
     


  7. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    This Etro was entirely canvassed. Under the collar was pink felt.
     


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    jerseyguy Well-Known Member

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


  9. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    $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.
     


  11. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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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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