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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. mktitsworth

    mktitsworth Senior member

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    I'm not disagreeing, just continuing to lament what a difference ~8 degrees of latitude makes. 15+ ounces would make for great pants that come out of my closet when I travel north during F/W and a few more times if I'm lucky. If you did it at 13, I would throw down, but that's really not what it sounds like you are interested in and I think you should pursue that because it sounds cool.
     
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  2. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Senior member

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    Flannel is definitely best around 15oz+. The LL flannel scares me a bit due to the fact that there is no porosity to it (most LL cloths you an actually see through the threads when held against a light, but not the flannel). I have some lightweight stuff and it's a bit flimsy. You can tell the heavier stuff will last a lifetime if taking care of it.
     
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  3. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    We carry Fox and will be happy to work with them for a special run. I'll get the specifics from @unbelragazzo and take it from there.
     
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  4. Grammaton Cleric

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    +1.

    Like others, I've bought some beautiful 10-12oz. Italian flannels in the past, but they certainly don't hold their shape like the heavier stuff. For trousers, a lightweight flannel would be awful.
     
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  5. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Maybe you can compensate by going commando? The fabric on your underwear has to be at least 2oz, I imagine.
     
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  6. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Greg - do you have any lengths of the cotton caccioppoli on hand?
     
  7. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Flannel was originally used as underwear, so this should work perfectly.
     
  8. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you're inclined to commission a special run, I'd think about a "donkey" colored flannel, such as Alden did for LL some time ago. Just not 15-17oz--- more like 13 or 14.
     
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  9. aportnoy

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    I've got suit made up in the Carlo Barbera for Lesser donkey flannel that I'd be happy to share photos of for comparison purposes if that would be helpful?
     
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  10. add911_11

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    o yes that does sound great for a informal winter suit.
     
  11. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That would be great - in my head donkey is a little darker and browner than what I would be going for, but photos would be helpful.
     
  12. bourbonbasted

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    This sounds like a winner to me.
     
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  13. gdl203

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    We don't keep any lengths of cloth here, only books and sometimes cloth in transit from mill/customer to Formosa for a day or two.

    We have started receiving our summer Formosa suits in the Cacciopoli cotton Solaro (as well as some in Minnis Fresco, Drapers tobacco linen, and a lovely Tasmanian wool PoW). So I can help you with pics of swatches from the book or the made-up suit
     
  14. aportnoy

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    Will take some snaps this weekend and post here. The best I can describe the color is as a greyish green. I'm a big fan.
     
  15. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sounds very nice, although different from my proposition. I wouldn't be at all opposed to doing both, although LL may have exclusivity rights on reruns of the donkey.
     
  16. Grammaton Cleric

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    I do prefer unbel's idea of a light tan, especially if it's brought to life as a melange of brown and grey. A donkey, while nice, wouldn't be nearly as useful for a pair of odd trousers.
     
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  17. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If the donkey is the right shade I'd be down for making a suit out of it.
     
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    +1.
     
  19. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have 5y of that same donkey that I may never make. Would sell if offered an unreasonable price.
     
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    This proposition sounds itchy.


    This sounds cool.
     

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