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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. bboysdontcryy

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    Probably worsted. I have a couple of tweed odd jackets that I use for winter, and am considering a blazersuit from the London Lounge flannel bunch come autumn. For the moment, I am looking for intermediate wear, even summer (we don't get sweltering heat very often here).
     
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    The former - durability and warmth.

    Fwiw, in contrast to Manton's experience with Solito, I had an 11oz. Draper's flannel made by Raphael many years ago - hate the stuff - pills and wrinkles easily, doesn't hold its shape etc.
     


  4. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Drapers is kind of all over the map in that there is a great deal of it, some of it very good, some of it not so good. I have two flannels (one pents one suit) that are both great but I am told that the pents are english and the suit is Carlo B, which is th best Italian mill).

    As a rule, the best of drapers are the cottons, linens and silks.
     


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    I've always found the Minnis flannels to be the best all round. Bit of a wiry feel to them though.

    Some of the H&S flannels are very nice, tailor well but won't be as hard wearing (not that flannel is particularly hard wearing anyway) as the Minnis ones.
     


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    It seems, to me anyway that you really can't go wrong with Minnis across the board.
     


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    Speaking of which, does anyone know where I can find Minnis outside of the Huddersfield site? Sid's has the fresco and fresco II but I'm looking for some gabardine.
     


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    It depends on what you want. Minnis seem to specialise in conservative cloths these days, those that ae of English make that is.
     


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    I went to the office / mini warehouse today. It's a surpisingly large operation there so I have to think they'd sell you some over the phone and mail it to you.

    I wouldn't be shocked if they weren't incredibly keen to mail you a dozen swatches with no firm prospect of an order so it would be best if you knew what you wanted already.

    I paid 90/m. I imagine that ex VAT + shipping, you'd be a little better off.
     


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    OK, I can't get LL's houndstooth Shetland out of my mind. It seems like a beautiful cloth, but I'm unsure whether the scale is a touch too big. Is it, or am I just being wimpy?

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    This feels more wearable

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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    I've seen it in person and didn't think it was too big. Although I preferred the herringbone and remain disappointed that one didn't get made up.
     


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    Nah, I think big is the way to go here. Small is actually harder to wear since it's more likely to overlap with the scale of patterns in shirts and ties.
     


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    Bigger is better!
     


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