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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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    Franks the man, I hope he's around for decades to come
     
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    That's one of the reasons why I like him. I know (god willing) that he will be around being that he is young.
     
  3. Slickman

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    Yea absolutely, if I ever come across a length of some grey cb for lesser I'll be sure to get it for you
     
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    Carlo Barbera for Lesser is being made again soon...

    iGent clamoring is bringing back a lot of discontinued books

    Scabal Shetland too
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm wet.

    IIRC, the grey twill slickman got is carlo barbera. Frank bought up a bunch of it. I have a lighter than navy herringbone in it. Feels like cashmere, yet wears like steel.
     
  7. jrd617

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    I bet Minnis will bring back Rangoon too
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I never got to experience this rangoon.
     
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    It is great stuff. Minnis had a big sale 7-8 years ago when they sold off the remnants of their Rangoon stock for 12 pounds / meter. :slayer:
     
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    What kind of fabric is it?
     
  11. venividivicibj

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    Tropical wool/fresco lightweight fabric. Supposed to be one of the best. (Never got to try it)
     
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    It can't be much different than regular fresco.
     
  13. Grammaton Cleric

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    ^ I disagree, veni - it's nothing like a Fresco. It's a standard lightweight worsted - more like Lesser Super Tropical.
     
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    Sorry, I meant in the vein of a lightweight fabric meant for the heat. That's why I put tropical/fresco.
     
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    Like Lesser's, but a tad beefier. Nice stuff. I missed most of the sale but snagged some of the black, which I just turned into a suit for concerts and/or academic occasions. Unfortunately, with the postage from and then back to England, it wound up costing close to retail.

    I think ~B~ is selling some on one of his websites. I'm tempted, not that I need any more in the cellar.
     
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    I bought a couple of lengths direct from Minnis when they were selling it off cheap. Plain navy and black/white houndstooth. It's pretty good, but not as good as their Airborne imo, which manages to be both lighter in weight and hangs better.
     
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    Of course, Minnis/Hardy (HFW) was 'just' the merchant. Antich was responsible for the weaving of that beefy but porous Rangoon. It's likely Minnis could no longer source the yarn for that quality. For its heft and finish, it deserves praise. Very unique. But other tropicals were similar but breathed better. It's easy to see why the old school bench tailors liked it, though. Maybe the best all-around summertime travel cloth I know of.
     
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  18. Knox

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    Does anybody have access to the Smith Woollens LUXURY FLANNELS book?
     
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    He is indeed.

    Couldn't resist a length of the navy chalkstripe myself.
     
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    Aaahh - I hate Airborne - worst cloth purchase I ever made. My experience was the polar opposite - far too light and flimsy.
     

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