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Fused/Canvassed Suit - What does it mean?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by exchange239, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. exchange239

    exchange239 Well-Known Member

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    I've read the thread by Peezy (10/30/09) about how to tell the difference between a fused and 1/2 and full canvassed suit, but what I am trying to figure out is basically what the difference is in terms of quality.

    I am guessing that full fused suit would be the best quality, while fused suits are generally those cheap off the racks? or is it the other way around?
     
  2. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior member

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    Fusing is when they use glue on the suit's inner lining. Fully canvased (aka full floating canvas) is where the inner canvas lining is sewn in, often with horse hair. The latter is the better, obviously.
     
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    brittain Senior member

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    the problem with fusing is that it can bubble and warp over time, especially if you take your suits to the dry cleaners a lot. While newer fusing isnt as bad as it was 10 years ago, a canvassed suit is still much preferred.
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My chief objection to a fully fused coat is that the lapels typically look dead and flat.
     
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    RoyalPaJamas Senior member

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    How does one go about determining whether a suit is fused, half-canvassed, or fully-canvassed?
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Pinch the cloth below the bottom buttonhole from both the inside and out. Gently pull the layers apart. If you feel a third layer inside, then the coat's fully canvassed.
     
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