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Harrisons - Mystique v Frontier

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Gorse, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Gorse

    Gorse New Member

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    I'm getting a suit made for my wedding (in June in the UK).

    I'm after a slightly brighter blue than I would usually wear to the office, but one which isn't too off the wall and still looks relatively formal.

    Having visited my tailor, the two that seemed to fit the bill are from Harrisons of Edinburgh and are Mystique 33445 and, the slightly heavier, Frontier 65064.

    Does anyone have any experience of either/both of those fabrics and if so would you recommend them?

    Many thanks indeed - togther with picking the wine, its the one element of the wedding which I'm really enjoying!
     


  2. bertie

    bertie Senior member

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    I have had pants made up in both (though not jackets). I would think Frontier would make a better all around suit. The Mystique is quite light weight.
     


  3. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    If the choice is between them, Frontier it is. Though I think the 10/11 oz Lesser is approximately the same weight, and performs better.
     
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  4. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    Might want to post in the Unfunded Liabilities thread--most of the people who would be able to answer this frequent there.
     


  5. Gorse

    Gorse New Member

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    Gents

    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to this - I really appreciate it.

    I have pressed on and ordered the Frontier; I'll report back with how it goes.

    G
     


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    JLibourel Senior member

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    I have a "blazer suit" made from the 65064 fabric with casual styling. I agree that it is more versatile than the lighter Mystique, and it should be comfortable to wear in all but the very hottest weather.

    Looking at Harrisons' website, it appears they have adopted a different numbering system for the Frontier collection. I believe what they now label #67601 is very similar if not identical to the 65064.
     


  7. Mr. Pink

    Mr. Pink Senior member

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    How does the Frontier compare to the 9/10 oz. Fresco? Can you where it comfortably when the temps are in the 80s?
     


  8. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    Well, it is the Frontier is a 10-ounce fabric with a fairly open weave. I have worn it with good comfort when the temperatures were in the 90s, but I obviously wouldn't want to walk a couple of miles wearing a jacket from this fabric...or any jacket, for that matter, in such temperatures.
     


  9. Lovelace

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    I have experience with both Fresco and Frontier.

    Frontier is a fabulous cloth, makes up very well, has a better hand than Fresco and better patterns too.

    Fresco runs cooler (if there's a breeze). I haven't noticed much difference in the ability to shed wrinkles but imagine that Fresco being a high twist cloth will be superior in this regard. Fresco makes up well.

    To sum up. I would say that Fresco is the better travel cloth, combining coolness with wrinkle resistance. Frontier has the better hand and better patterns.

    My own preference is for Frontier.

    I haven't tried Mystique but the patterns in the book look great.

    Fresco isn't a particularly popular cloth in Britain, my tailor sells little of it. The hand is consider to rough for a cloth of that price/quality he says.
     
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    CrimsonWave Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for that post, Lovelace.
     


  11. RogerC

    RogerC Senior member

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    You may also consider Lesser Tropical. About the same price, and has a wonderful vibrant blue:

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    Lessers have some lovely blues, can't comment on the quality of their tropical wool.

    I think I have that tie. Is it Drakes?
     


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