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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. Dewi

    Dewi Senior member

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    This 7 ounce cotton sounds really nice. Any recommendations on where to look? I honestly know next to nothing about fabric houses, and even less when it comes to cotton. It's something that I really want to educate myself more on, generally speaking.
     
  2. ThinkDerm

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    what do people think of the following Smiths Woolen hopsack options for a suit from Steed:

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  3. aportnoy

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    Love the bottom one, have something just like it.
     
  4. Dewi

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    I very much like the bottom one, the lighter coloured of the three.
     
  5. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    light blue hopsack... do you have a photo of it made up as a suit?
     
  6. Eustace Tilley

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    Smith Woollens Botany.
     
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  9. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    what's the botany line?
     
  10. Slickman

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    Whnay posted some smiths steadfast hopsacks that really looked great, I believe it is substantially heavier, but should PM him to hear what he has to say about it. It could just be me, but I have 2 navy hopsack jackets, one in a winter heavyweight 17oz+ and one in a 10oz fresco (not a hopsack but functionally the same), I feel like a 13oz is neither here nor there.
     
  11. Eustace Tilley

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    Quote:Steadfast is 14oz., so, from a functional perspective, is similar to Botany. Not sure why you believe a 13oz. is 'neither here nor there'? - imo 11-13oz. cloths are often the most versatile. 17oz. is, frankly, a bit of a iGent affection.
     
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    I guess my minds been warped, but 13oz would be too hot for summer, so I'd say if one can, a navy fresco fills that void in the summer months. I thought steadfast was heavier, guess i was wrong on that count.
     
  14. NOBD

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    You could look into Drapers:

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  15. johanm

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    I have a suit in 3912. It's a beautiful shade of navy, very "blue" in person when made up, and even "bright" in some lights. I would hesitate to order a lighter shade than that as I think it would substantially limit the versatility.

    Also, these are NOT hopsacks. They are plain weaves with a smooth finish. I don't believe there are any true basketweaves in the Botany line, though Steadfast has some great ones.
     
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  16. Cantabrigian

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    For a suit, I think the bottom one is a bit too light in that weight.

    Personally, I'd go for the one in the middle.
     
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  17. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    +1
     
  18. Slewfoot

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    Yep. Agreed.
     
  19. ThinkDerm

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    Thanks gents. Steed called them "hopsacks."

    I picked the one in the middle. Steed said that's out right now, so I'm waiting for it to come in. The other two were offered as alternatives.
     
  20. johanm

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    If you're not fixed on navy, take a look at 3977 in the Botany book. It's a beautiful RAF blue sharkskin and my favorite suit.
     

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