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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. Maccimus

    Maccimus Senior member

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    I know it is a bit weird but I fully lined (front and back!) my fresco pants to avoid see-thru effect....They are so damn heavy then!:slayer:
     
  2. NewYorkIslander

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    this may or may not interest you guys:

    As some of you know I'm bit of a history buff, and I love good vintage stuff. I've had two overcoats made in some very old (1960s and 1930s) fabrics. Yesterday, i went back to the shop where I picked up the Burgundy fabric that made my Capone Coat:
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    I managed to grab three more extremely interesting pieces, one of which is VERY old. The first two are more interesting than anything else. Firstly, a Holland & Sherry coating I'm thinking of doing a casual coat with, maybe a pea coat, or maybe just a single breasted piece. What i love about it is that its double sided:
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    Blue Grey Twill on one side:
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    Black and Grey Houndstooth on the other:
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    Would love to hear suggestions, though if go a heavy SC, I may do it in the twill,with the houndstooth as the hip patch pockets.

    Next is a beautiful brown melange wool (I guess you'd call it that) from 1945:
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    Its heavy, but nothing nutso, like some older cloths. I'm thinking this will make a nice Polo Coat.

    Lastly, what I think may be as old as the early 1900s (Detmer Woolens have been around since 1885, moved from manhattan to Brooklyn in 1909 after a fire in their Manhattan Offices) based on the weight of the cloth, and the handwriting "Sponged" on the tag, in a beautiful subtle herringbone in what I'd call an espressso brown:

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    This thing just screams Great Coat to me.

    Thought you guys would like to see these. I also picked up a few other lighter weight 1930s woolens from the same place that we'll be using for Yellow Hook that I'm pretty stoked about.
     
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  3. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    That is really, really cool NYI. Can't wait to see how they look made up.
     
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    I line all of my fresco in emerzine, which makes them only marginally less see through.
     
  6. NewYorkIslander

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    That last piece has the date labelled 9/18 1931. Frank clarified it for me. He's going to see if a reversible pea coat is a project his dad would do on the H&S.
     
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  7. Touching Cloth

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    Very cool. Especially that last piece.
     
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  9. ThinkDerm

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    Very solid move.
     
  10. unbelragazzo

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    Some funded liabilities...pink is SG chambray from ASW; blue is London Lounge linen shirting. Happy with both, but especially the linen. Really great stuff. It's laughably expensive, but I am considering getting more:

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  11. aravenel

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    That looks great. Love the collar roll.
     
  12. whnay.

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    What do you like most about the linen?
     
  13. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The color. Really nice foggy grey blue. Even better than the sg blue chambray imho.
     
  14. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Fabric also has really nice body to it without feeling stiff. Feels like it will last forever.
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Very little wrinkling - nothing like a linen SC or trousers. I hung the shirt up after I wore it yesterday, I will take a pic when I get home so you can see how much it wrinkled throughout the day.
     
  17. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This is after a very full day of wear (like 10 am to 1 am):

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  18. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A few pics of SG and LL linen next to each other. The LL is grayer, which I like:

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  19. Eustace Tilley

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    Did you wash the LL linen prior to giving it to Geneva? If not, has the fabric shrunk meaningfully?
     
  20. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Didn't wash it, and haven't washed it since first wearing so can't tell you. While we're on the subject...should I wash this as a normal dress shirt? Or is protocol different for linen?
     

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