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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. Slickman

    Slickman Senior member

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  2. Stugotes

    Stugotes Senior member

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    Crap, thats the closest thing to jacketing I found there. No hopsack, I was hoping for that, too.

    I see what you mean, though; thanks!
     
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  3. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Maybe you can find Loro Piana N16987. Picture may not look like it's navy but it is.
    From my favorite range of jacketings at present.

    [​IMG]
     
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  4. Loathing

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    A lot of people were making Fresco blazer-suits a few years back: does anyone have any opinion on or experiences of such a suit? I've been thinking of ordering one as a kind of flexible travel suit, but I'm worried that I will hate fresco as a blazer, probably because I think linen is all-around superior for summertime odd jackets and trousers.
     
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    add911_11 Senior member

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    You are right. I find my fresco to be worn as a two piece suit all the time.
     
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    +1



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  7. gopherblue

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    I have one in Minnis 0520 RAF blue and I love it. My most versatile and favorite suit. Jacket works as a blazer, and I do use it that way. I like it so much, I'm having another made in 0511 mid-grey.
     
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    I am looking for a dark grey (not charcoal) mid-weight suiting fabric, but I can't quite find what I am looking for. Any recommendations?
     
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    Got this piece recently...
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    That's single width cloth. Ask your tailor if that's enough.
     
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    Didn't catch that. How many meters should I up the order by? Double?

    I'm not a large guy, 40R, 5'10 180 lbs.
     
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  14. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You will need 4 meters for a regular jacket. Get 4.5 if you are considering patch pockets
     
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    The place I'd like to try is a new operation and has very limited selection of cloth; how do I recognize Fresco by looking at it? I know how it looks like as a jacket, but I'm not sure about a small piece in a book. Is the weight any clue?
     
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    Thank you for your input guys. Looks like it will all boil down to what I prioritize.

    Comfort in heat, durability, drape or a versatile cloth.
     
  17. TRINI

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    Sorry if this sounds obvious but Fresco fabrics would be in a book marked Minnis Fresco.

    If you mean open-weave cloth, then hold it up to the light.
     
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    Thanks for setting me straight, @Despos and @Concordia! Rectified the amount with the seller.
     
  19. jrd617

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    Can we talk sharkskin for a second?

    I had associated the fabric with gangsters, 1960s loungewear, and the like. Shiny stuff made for Las Vegas at night. High silk content.

    [​IMG]

    But I recently realized that are some more refined sharkskin fabrics that really just nicely-textured grey wool (no silk) that can be worn easily during the day. For instance, this one,


    (13 oz Harrison's "Oyster" from Vox)
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    and this one

    (Holland and Sherry Interbook from NMWA)

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    My question is how durable are these fabrics? Do they get shiny easily? (https://twitter.com/CGBCooper/status/421389156485718016)

    Also, who else makes a particularly good sharkskin?
     
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  20. mafoofan

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    Lesser makes a fantastic sharkskin.

    Sharkskin is not an inherently shiny fabric. The English makers tend to make a very traditional, dry sharkskin.

    It's just a particular weave pattern, mixing two colors of yarns. No impact on durability.
     
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