- Apr 10, 2011
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I think LP is seen as for the casual consumer, while those in the know have the EP.
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My tailor in LA carries Scabal. I'm not up to that level of cost on my commissions yet, but it is lovely fabric. I have spoken to them and they say that they have clients who exclusively go Scabal for their suiting.While we are on the subject of fabric, I wanted to get the thoughts of anyone who cares to opine. At the moment, I primarily offer Loro Piana and the Gladson offerings (Minnis, Hardy, VBC, Harris Tweed, etc). I have been thinking about offering Scabal or Dormueil. I should say that I am pretty pleased with the options available through LP and Gladson, but I dont have much experience with the other two brands. Is there a compelling reason for me to add one or both? Thoughts? Experiences?
^ This, exactly. I can probably get any cloth that I need to if a client knows what they want, but having the books is a different story. My reluctance in part is that I dont have a storefront, so I have to travel with the books. I usually have a good idea of what a client will want and can plan accordingly, but knowing the books and what options are available is pretty helpful.Why can't you get any cloth your clients want? Or are you just talking about stocking the books?
Aren't the EP records known for the extended cuts of a song and usually contain the B side for certain songs not making it to an album? Sometimes the B-sides become cult classics for the serious listeners?
Thanks for drawing a map for meAren't the EP records known for the extended cuts of a song and usually contain the B side for certain songs not making it to an album? Sometimes the B-sides become cult classics for the serious listeners?
Loro Piana (LP) good for the masses but for the niche bespoke market they want the extended version (H. Lesser).
Thanks for the feedback, and it brings up another point: Making something for a member of the general public can be very different than making something for an enthusiast. I would venture that most members here would have some fairly specific ideas about what they want, the fabric, styling, etc. they'd probably also have some idea of how they want it to fit and have some language available to them to describe those preferences.If I were commissioning something I wouldn't miss not being able to see Scabal or Dormeuil. But I generally don't like super flashy stuff. I'm interested in Huddersfield, Holland and Sherry, E. Thomas' more subdued stuff, etc. I'm probably on the more boring side of cloth choices, despite the fact that I love color.
On another note, I don't get a lot from touching the cloth. It doesn't give me much of an idea about how it will wear and I can get a pretty good idea of texture with quality photos online. I'm pretty familiar with how cloths of different weights tend to work for me too, and every manufacturer provides that information on its website. It's more helpful with being able to see how the cloth looks IRL. Monitor settings and all that. But just the same, I've never had something come out extremely different in color from the online photos I've seen from the bigger cloth producers. Anyway, I guess I'm just saying that most of the time I pick out my cloth online since I usually use KW.