Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Feb 10, 2008.
Are you going for a woolen flannel or a worsted flannel?
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).
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.
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.
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.
It seems, to me anyway that you really can't go wrong with Minnis across the board.
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.
It depends on what you want. Minnis seem to specialise in conservative cloths these days, those that ae of English make that is.
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.
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?
This feels more wearable
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.
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.
Bigger is better!
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