- Sep 26, 2007
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Dear Dimitris,Dear @Alan Bee,
I understand, however you may always expand your relationships on this winding Bespoke journey!
Therefore, should you want to branch out to Italian cloth, I would suggest you to contemplate the following:
a) Camelhair: Loro Piana, Piacenza.
b) Cashmere: Ermenegildo Zegna, Piacenza.
and because I believe that you can,
c) Cashmere-Vicuña: Piacenza.
It goes without saying that Italian weights are different from the British ones, but the aesthetic is different as well.
You may try my own merchants in Athens, Greece, the e-mail is: cashco(at)otenet.gr, you will not regret it; as I have mentioned in the past, the owner is very knowledgeable, helpful and honest, second-generation cloth merchant with a brick-and-mortar presence in downtown Athens, and representative for Greece of the above brands as well as Ariston Napoli, along with accessories personally selected from E. Marinella and F. Maglia.
Thank you for the mini lesson in Italian cloth. I started out with Italian cloth at the urging of my Neapolitan tailor when I did not know much about cloth. I suppose it was just easier for him to source.
If I’m honest, my experience has been mixed. I found more consistency in my second round of bespoke projects using strictly English cloth from said English merchants hence my earlier comment.
I have a few jackets from Loro Piana, Ariston, Piacenza etc which began to pill and lose shape in no time. Granted I’m sure there’s got to be some Fuggazzi coming out of English mills as well. Maybe I was just unlucky ...
Happy to have a look at your recommended cloth vendor .....