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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. Fishball

    Fishball Senior member

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    I think you guys may check out the facebook of Merino Brothers, the agent of Harrison in Hong Kong, their photo album has most of the books they carries.
     
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  2. KYHillbilly

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    Excellent suggestion. That's what I've been doing.
     
  3. fassbinder

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    @SimonC posted back in April some lovely bolts of old english cloth. In the spirit of that post and Manton's orginal post, I would like to share some of my collection of vintage British fabrics. Here just some of my favorites. Hopefully I will have time for a few more posts.

    vintage flannel, the guy who sold me it claimed it was 30s but could just as easily be 50s, I don't know and don't really care, it is old and very heavy:
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    3 pieces of vintage 70s/80s 3ply dormeuil Tonik. I also have charcoal piece and have already funded a beautiful navy/blue shot Tonik
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    2 pieces of mid to late 80s Lesser blue/grey glenn checks, the raf glen check is a 13oz golden bale, the red overcheck was a special run maybe 10/11 oz.
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    here is a Wain Shiell twist suiting made in the old Ried and Taylor style from Scotland but also with donegal type fabric specks called Waineagle, very heavy, this is getting funded next:
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    hopefully i can get around to doing a few more posts like this if it is well received. would love to see some other peoples vintage cloth finds.
     
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  4. FlyingMonkey

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    I was looking at the new Grouse Moor range from Holland and Sherry today - it has some very vivid coloured fabrics (all very nice though). I mentioned it to Guy Hills of Dashing Tweeds a bit later when I was in their store - really great guy to talk to BTW and their fabrics have really come on in quality - and he agrees that perhaps they have been having an influence on what other more traditional companies are starting to put out. However he also said that from his own researches into older cloth, with the exception of the war years and just after, men's suiting and jacketing in the first half of the C20th was much more varied in colour than had become the case in the last few years. A lot more quite vivid greens, teals and so on, for example.
     
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  5. 1969

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    Is there a current thread discussing US tailors that you guys are using? I don't want to wait for someone who travels, and I don't need bespoke. Just looking for someone with a track record of good work, preferably in Houston or Dallas.
     
  6. KYHillbilly

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    Chris Despos goes back and forth from Chicago to Dallas. By all accounts he's one of the best tailors out there.
     
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  7. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Would love if more tailors would come to LA. everyone seems to go to SF
     
  8. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I bet you can get some sweet bespoke Diesel jeans and MTM Ed Hardy T-shirts in L.A. though.
     
  9. Grammaton Cleric

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    There are quite a few Brits who visit LA - Richard Anderson, Kilgour, Poole, Sweeney, etc.
     
  10. chogall

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    Did they all book the wrong flight?
     
  11. Isolation

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    Received my Fox shipment!

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  12. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    Very sweet hauls. Particularly like the last two. What's the weight of these?
     
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  13. Isolation

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  14. dan'l

    dan'l Senior member

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    I also like that green tweed from Fox and ordered myself a swatch earlier this year.

    Speaking of green tweeds, any ideas where I can find something like this?

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    I think this is called a shepherd's check, right?
     
  15. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My Fox flannel group buy:

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  17. mactire

    mactire Senior member

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    Well regarded German tailor based in Houston: http://www.berlinbespokesuits.com/

    His work is at the highest level, and yes those buttonholes are handsewn.
     
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  18. ctp120

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    While this is certainly true regarding his skill and reputation, I don't think Chris takes on alterations, except perhaps as a favor to bespoke clients. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  19. mactire

    mactire Senior member

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    Beg pardon, I misunderstood the query. Although if I were 1969 I would go to him if I could afford it, and even if I couldn't afford I'd still go. The work is impeccable.
     
  20. mktitsworth

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    This is correct.
     

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