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How old is the fabric on your new suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MyOtherLife, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Sorry if I am not using the right lingo on this. Suit fabrics are something I am ready to start learning about intensely.
    A friend of mine told me something that almost blew my hair back.
    Apparently it is something well known to stores/tailors but not the public.
    When a man selects the fabrics from a catalogue for his new bespoke/MTM suit, is he unaware of what year the fabrics were manufactured in.
    Apparently this is the hidden gold for stores/tailors. Buy last years (or older) stock at heavy discount,
    then present it to customers as though it were the latest. The un-suspecting customer has no idea that he has selected from last years (or older) fabrics; and pays top dollar while the store/tailor makes a killing. Now this is what a friend told me. My question is, is this true?
    If so, how common is this syndrome? How does one educate themselves beforehand to familiarize themselves with fabric lots and years? Your thoughts please, and any links I can read & learn.
     


  2. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    Yes - there are tailors who charge the same premium for a cloth that they got at reduced cost. But it is, for the folks I know that have done it, unscrupulous; it just allows them to squeeze a little more margin out orf a not-so-profitable business.

    Additionally, if you have a good relationship with a tailor, you'll get offered deals on such cloths.
     


  3. binge

    binge Senior member

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    I demand that my tailor include a year tag along with the shop tag and other advertisements.
     


  4. Biscotti

    Biscotti Senior member

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    ^^I hope the above is sarcasm... Honestly who cares? Fabrics don't change all that much from year to year.
     


  5. Fishball

    Fishball Senior member

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    If you select from the in house bolts at your tailor shop, most of them are "old stock", in the sense that they are not this year design.
    Bespoke tailoring is not "fashion", the fabrics house do not sell "this year" stock at heavy discount then replace by "new" one.
    Yea, you can got deep discount sometime, but keep in mind that it was also cost for keeping stock.
     


  6. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    I demand that my tailor include a year tag along with the shop tag and other advertisements.

    noob [​IMG]

    My tailor shows me the birth certificate of the sheep used and the date they were shorn for my fabric.
     


  7. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    Rubinacci still has some pretty old deerstalkers in their warehouse.

    Beware.


    - B
     


  8. Nataku

    Nataku Senior member

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    ^^I hope the above is sarcasm... Honestly who cares? Fabrics don't change all that much from year to year.

    +1
     


  9. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    noob [​IMG]

    My tailor shows me the birth certificate of the sheep used and the date they were shorn for my fabric.


    how about mother and fathers names. and also their family trees? thats most important.

    BUT BE ON YOUR GUARD.

    i understand a few rogue sheep have been sneaking in with bogus high super numbers.
     


  10. kuwisdelu

    kuwisdelu Senior member

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    how about mother and fathers names. and also their family trees? thats most important.

    BUT BE ON YOUR GUARD.

    i understand a few rogue sheep have been sneaking in with bogus high numbers.


    I demand DNA tests.
     


  11. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I demand DNA tests.

    let us notify the FBI. there may be a reward.
     


  12. binge

    binge Senior member

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    I demand DNA tests.

    Be sure to have the telomeres measured carefully.
     


  13. Albern

    Albern Senior member

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    You guys complicate things sometimes. I just want to know the sheep's name.
     


  14. kuwisdelu

    kuwisdelu Senior member

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    Be sure to have the telomeres measured carefully.

    Not enough. I further request 100% polymerase lining so I never have to resort to reweaving.
     


  15. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    noob [​IMG] My tailor shows me the birth certificate of the sheep used and the date they were shorn for my fabric.
    Seriously.
     


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