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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    later on I had lunch with Irving Kristol there.

    any one else want to get in on the name-dropping?
     
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    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    That makes sense. I honestly didn't know.


    Manton, if you mean this in a negative sense, or read what I wrote as 'name-dropping', I think you might have taken what I said out of context. Name-dropping on a style forum is stupid, functionally useless, and socially gauche. My only intention for writing that up was by way of providing context (given I think most here might not know of AEI), and expressing surprise that the article on cloth was featured in an AEI publication. And to talk a little about the food and suits I saw in that room.

    It's like spotting an advertisement for Henry Poole in the Harvard Law Review Journal. If you're not bowled over by that, I don't know what you'd be bowled over by.

    If you think otherwise, I fear you might have misapprehended.
     
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    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Lots of people have lunch with me, but they are modest and don't brag about it.
     
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    add911_11 Senior member

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    What are you smoking? your subject sounds too fun.
     
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    I don't think it's disco at all.

    I think it's a very smooth, hard finish with a lot of black in the weave. That makes it not so sportcoat-able.
     
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    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If it is the same cloth I am thinking of, it also has some indigo/purple in it. It looks much darker than the photo - almost dark navy/MB, until you put it next to real MB.
     
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    OK, well, you got me I guess. Let's move on.

    I've seen an entire length of the cloth, so I've got some idea of what it would look like done up as a jacket or suit. It's got a little bit of sheen to it when it moves around, but it's definitely not "shiny" or "disco". It is darker than the photo, but it's got some life to the color. Here's a photo of ethandesu's suit of the same fabric:

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    It comes off as darker than this photo in person, but this gives you some idea of the richness and variation of the color.

    The silk blends are a good idea, but all the ones I saw were either too shiny or not shiny enough. I also like the vibrancy that comes from the lighter threads, as opposed to just shininess.
     
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    More or less. I have also heard that I look like that mohair goat in my avatar.
     
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    :)

    Mohair comes from the Angora goat.

    Often confused with the Angora rabbit which provides the soft wool used in sweaters and the like and are confusingly sometimes referred to as Mohair sweaters.
     
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    He needs to button up his waistcoat. Ruining the look of what looks like a nicely cut 3 piece with a cack handed attempt at sprutzzurezzz.

    You used to get shot Mohairs in some bold contrasting colours.

    I've seen them in Green & Blue. Navy & Purple, Bronze & Black and a few others over the years.

    These cloths were favourites of the Mods and Rude Boys over here (Britain) in the 60's and is the origin of the the term Two Tone.

    You would struggle to find such bold cloths these days and not just Mohairs.

    Is that a bad thing? Not sure.

    H
     
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    I'm sure.
     
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    LOL. Those colours sound outrageous.
     
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    :)

    I know what you mean.

    When I said navy and purple it was more a reddish-purple and was actually quite fetching. I could see it working in certain applications. High fashion or couture for example.

    Difficult to describe, you'd have to see it. Not as 'eye glazing' as you think.
     
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    The cloth selection these days seems tame compared to even 20 years ago.

    Some of the stuff my tailor has on his shelves from the 60's and 70's Well.
     
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