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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Feb 10, 2008.
Not Flannel, but I have Lesser for CB available for sale in my sig...
Dudes: it's Carlo Barbera for Lesser Bros., not the other way around. Lesser specified and sold; Barbera milled.
there were two versions
made by cb for lessers
a 13oz and a 14 or 15oz
this one is the heavier
and is now
Thanks too. Hope it turns out well.
For all you cloth buffs out there: the Minnis/Hardy website has been thoroughly overhauled, and now includes a couple of new lines. High points include the Fresco II, which looks really interesting, and a line of new flannels in the Hunt and Winterbotham lines with a couple of wonderfully non-conservative designs. On the other hand, it looks as though HFW is paying ever more attention to Super numbers and Italian design, which I'm not necessarily a big fan of.
Thanks, some of these look great. Look forward to seeing the books in person.
For what it's worth, I received a couple of H&W swatches that included one of the Minnis Fresco II's and one from the H&W Italian line. The Fresco II (it was the solid light gray) was very nice, maybe a little smoother than the original Fresco line, but same body. The Italian one, though, was very thin and flimsy, very disappointing.
Looks like the price for lambswool book is doubled.
I searched most threads with Gladson fabrics mentioned and didn't find much at all. This company seems more know as a distributor than for their own fabric.
Can you share your experience with any of their own fabrics? Thanks in advance!
Never used their mohairs but the worsted flannels are great, and very keenly priced. And it's just "Harrisons Burley".
Some Carlo Barbera for H.Lesser 12/13 oz which I absolutely have no use for. Too heavy for use in South East Asia.
(Image borrowed from NYRanger's post)
For this, the 26070 and 26072 is available.
Lot of people seem to think this is now a B&S thread
Now sitting in the wardarobe until the winter when I will probably commision a 2 pcs suit, H lesser Tropical in 8-9 Ozs, I believe soon to be discontinued (not in the current book but still on their website):
A quick question on cloth buying - do you find it saves money to buy cloth yourself and then take it to a tailor, or does your tailor generally buy at lower prices?
I would like to get a couple of things made in Autumn and at the best price possible.
Depends on the cloth and on the tailor. Generally, it will be less expensive if the tailor orders the cloth. They don't pay VAT, and usually have a running account with the cloth merchant, meaning that they enjoy discounts as they're larger customers. In other words, for most easily available/standard suiting and jacketing cloth, it doesn't make sense to go CMT.
However, if you are looking for something specific from a merchant your tailor doesn't carry, or you have a length of vintage/special fabric (eBay's often good for this), CMT is your only option. Also, crowd-sourced initiatives like the London Lounge Cloth Club and our own special brown Fresco require CMT.
Last thing: don't be fixated on the best price possible. You also want quality, but perhaps most importantly, if you're trickling into the bespoke fold, you'll need to develop a relationship of mutual respect with your tailor. If he doesn't feel respect for his craft, it'll show in the workmanship.
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