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Stupid Question - Threads Across Lapel Notch

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by JAGMAJ, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. JAGMAJ

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    Yet another opportunity to display my ignorance. I recently bought a used Canali suit off Ebay, and it has threads sewn across the lapel notch (i.e., gorge). I assume this is to keep the lapel from sagging. My question is whether these threads are supposed to be cut off after purchase or do you just leave them (they aren't noticeable until very close)? If you are supposed to cut them off, is there a proper method to safely do so?
     


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    You mean there are visible threads strecthing like spider webs from across the notch of the lapel? That's a new one. Doesn't sound right to me. I'd cut them off.
     


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    Yes to both.
     


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    Okay, if it's a peaked lapel, that is somewhat common. Better makers don't do it, but many RTW makers do. Unless it's driving you nuts, I would leave it there. It's an insurance policy against the lapel sagging in an ugly way. Had they been notch lapels (shudder) I definitely would cut the threads.
     


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    [​IMG] Not the best picture, but you can get an idea of the shape of the lapel. There are tiny threads criss-crossing the notch.
     


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    leave it. it's standard faire on peak lapel suits.
     


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    Thanks for the help. That's the first time I've seen this, but then again, it's the first time I've bought a suit with peaked lapels.
     


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