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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. sprout2

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    Quote:great color, let me know if you know of a wool gabardine in this color.
     
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  3. OxfordDon

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    Recently funded: LL Sicilian Tweed warn along the Thames.

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    Funded: MTM softshell pants.

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  5. sprout2

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    What are softshell pants?
     
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    @hirschlederne That's mean. ^^^^

    I'm getting a jacket in Ventile (cotton, from SEH Kelly). I guess it's a kind of soft shell, but natural, and I'm told, reasonably water resistant.
     
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    Solbiati has both these shades in their 100% cotton suiting bunch.
     
  9. S K M

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    Gents, I'm about to commission a sharp-looking, double brested, navy blue suit for a summer wedding (my own, actually). What are your recommendations for cloth?

    For a sharp and crisp look I thought about a mohair blend, and had actually subscribed to the recent LL run, but sadly they ran out of cloth even though I had subscribed :( Anyway, as a replacement I thought about Smith Woollen's Super Kid Mohair (70 wool/30 mohair), or likewise from their formal wear bunch. Any experience with these? I would prefer if the surface had some interest to it (hopsack weave or the like) instead of being completely plain/smooth.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  10. Tony Montana

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    Minnis Fresco (possibly with Mohair). Or Minnis Classic (three shades of blue hopsack).
     
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    Thanks, I'm also very fond of fresco, but I think it has a bit too rough or dry feel. However, I haven't tried the versions with mohair so should maybe get some swatches...
     
  12. Tony Montana

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    The new Fresco Lite feels quite smooth (at least compared to the classic Fresco qualities) and would be perfect for conservative summer suits. Fresco Mohair feels quite rough, as do all Mohair cloths I know of. Minnis Classic would not be typical summer weight but I believe you are from Northern Europe so it might still be suitable.
     
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    Dear fellow SFer,

    First of all, congratulations for your forthcoming wedding, I am wishing you all the best!

    If you are adamant on a Wool/Mohair blend, but you would consider an italian cloth option, in the Zegna Seasonal (Anteprima) collection SS'17 you may find a really crisp wool/mohair suiting cloth (don't remember the exact composition), dark navy with a white/light grey pinstripe. It is a very nice cloth that, should you have access to this offering, fits your requirements.

    In order to have your options open, why don't you take a look?

    Cheers,

    Dimitris
     
  14. Mr. Pink

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    I have a suit in the Smith's wool/mohair. Assuming you don't mind a little bit of sheen, it's a great fabric. Drapes well, looks crisp all day, and the colors have a depth that you can't get with wool. I really enjoy wearing it. Be aware, mohair has a little less give than wool so if you wear your suits cut closely, it may be uncomfortable.
     
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    Thank you so much for your suggestions! Sound like the Smith's wool/mohair might actually be what I'm after, but will see if I can check out the Zegna as well.

    Mr. Pink, what version of the Smith's do you have – one of the 30/70 or 60/40 mohair/wool? And I realise mohair will always have a slight sheen, but I hope it's not overtly shiny?

    Cheers!
    S K M
     
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    I suspect they got eaten with the forum move but conceptual 4est posted some photos not long ago in the NMWA thread of his wool/mohair wedding suit (with black canvas so that the flash photos aren't affected--which was a great idea). If you can find the posts you might find out what he chose. The photos looked good.
     
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    Thanks a lot, will try to find it!
     
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    I have the 60/40. I don't find it overly shiny, and before getting it, I was hesitant about mohair for just that reason.
     
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    FYI (no shill) Huddersfield Textiles has some decent looking and super inexpensive Taylor & Lodge (AFAIK) summer jacketings at the moment. It can be a lucky dip, but I got a fav POW suiting from them a while back for pretty much the price of the postage. I assume they still sell to public.
     

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