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Fabric Recomendations - Navy Flannel Suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rrothsch, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. rrothsch

    rrothsch Well-Known Member

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    I am going to order a Navy Flannel suit from WW Chan and I'm looking for a few fabric recommendations. I'd like to spend in the $1,500-$2,000 range and probably 11-13 oz. The intent is to wear in the winter, I like a lot of texture, and prefer a somewhat of a solid. Thus, no pinstripes or checks. In the past I have always bought Holland and Sherry and been very happy so if anyone has any recommendations from a Holland and Sherry book or I'm open to different books as well from other mills.
     
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  2. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Distinguished Member

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    Guessing this is your first custom flannel suit. If so (and probably even if not) I'd recommend Minnis. As hard wearing as flannel can be and all-around nice cloth.

    Also have a look at Harrisons - also nice stuff, perhaps a shade more delicate but more expensive.
     


  3. Macallan

    Macallan Senior Member

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    Dugdale do a good 390g flannel cloth ( I have a suit made in a charcoal shade) and would be cheaper then H&S and Minnis. I find 13oz flannel too light for a winter suit (especially a two-piece), more of an early autumn suit unless you get a waistcoat made too.

    What do you need/want the suit for?
     


  4. rrothsch

    rrothsch Well-Known Member

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    I wear a suit everyday to work which is what I will buying this suit for.
     


  5. duggyald

    duggyald Senior Member

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    Pure wool/cashmere would be good for winter.
     


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    I have a blue flannel suit in a medium weight flannel by Scabal which I am happy with.
     


  7. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior Member

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    Fox Brothers will send you swatches, see here. I have a suit in their gray glen check and I like it a lot. It's supposed to be not as hard wearing as Minnis but I haven't noticed any wear issues.

    Minnis will also send you swatches, see here. No experience with them.

    Harrisons also makes nice stuff and I will probably go with them next time, partly because my tailor has the book so I can look through it in person.

    There really is no best, equally knowledgeable and experienced people will have different favorites. I would first zero in on what weight you want, decide if you want worsted or woolen, and then compare the navies in that weight from the usual suspects - Minnis, Fox, Harrison, H&S, LGB, etc.
     


  8. Cantabrigian

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    Since it sounds like this will see a lot of wear, I'd skip Fox. And cashmere blends.

    No experience w/ Scabal flannel. Don't think I've even seen the swatchbook but I imagine it's expensive.
     


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    May I ask what range is it under? I am very interested and never knew TF does flannel....
     


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    If its a regular work suit I recommend you get the heaviest cloth you can find, J&J Minnis do four cloths in a 480g and Fox Brothers have a FS405 range. Maybe Harrisons have a 17oz flannel, not sure.
     


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