Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. Axelman 17

    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    Not quite an unfunded liability but hopefully will be soon. Have a big birthday coming up and would like to commission something for the occasion. The party is in May. I was thinking about a linen suit but have recently been drawn more towards the idea of a sportcoat and odd pants. I feel like I understand suiting fabrics decently well but sportcoats are tougher, especially for the warm weather months.

    I spent some time today with Frank thinking through options and below are some contenders. Would welcome any input - please be honest, I dont mind starting over entirely and would welcome suggestions. These are all either linen or linen/wool/silk.

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  2. forex

    forex Senior member

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    ^^2 and 4 look interesting, others not so much. I think I've actually seen #2 being worn as a jacket.
     


  3. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Axe, I have a strong, strong prejudice against all patterned linen. Linen should be solid, end of story.

    If you want a spring-summer pattern, I recommend a blend of some sort. I like a slubby silk-wool quite a lot. Really, any lightweight blend with some silk (wool, cotton, linen, mohair) that shows somes slubs is very nice.

    Or, if you can find it, one of those very, very light lambswools.
     
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  4. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    I like the first one and the denim-y colored solid blue.

    The three light blue ones seem a bit too light. I think you'll be fairly limited with regard to choice of trousers.

    The second swatch doesn't quite have enough contrast among the three colors IMO.
     


  5. Axelman 17

    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    I like the idea of a slubby silk-wool blend. While the third option is probably too light in color, I find the slubs on it appealing. Do you have any suggestions on books to look at?
     
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    tcbrgs Senior member

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    Where are these linen bunches from?
     


  7. marcodalondra

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    With texture but not exactly slubby Drapers has a great book of wool/linen/silk blends, some double faces that will be very suitable for unlined jackets...
     
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  8. Axelman 17

    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    1. Harrisons Mirage
    2. Loro Piana - seasonal collection, not in a book. Fabrics come on a swatch
    3. Cacciopoli
    4. Loro Piana - same situation as (4)
    5-6. Not sure
     


  9. Grammaton Cleric

    Grammaton Cleric Senior member

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    I'm w/ Manton - if you must, go with #3
     


  10. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't care for any of those. The darker blue one is the least bad, if you don't mind the coat looking like an uppity jean jacket.
     
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  11. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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  12. sprout2

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    Try reading

    They have libraries now
     


  13. Sean McKee

    Sean McKee Well-Known Member

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    Here are some ideas for you


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  14. Sean McKee

    Sean McKee Well-Known Member

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    But I do like 4 the most then 2 then 1....the blue would look great with white trousers, Have it made up with white buttons and you'll be styling and be sure to wear white bucks
     


  15. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    Sean, Jos. A. Bank called. Something about a style infringement lawsuit. Anyway give them a call back when you get a chance.
     


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