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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. poorsod

    poorsod Distinguished Member

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    Thanks to all who responded. Interestingly, I can wear my DB Lesser 16 oz to the low 70s as well. The Mistral seems promising though I will make it up as a 3 piece.
     


  2. Gianni Cerutti

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    Nice fabrics...compliments
     


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    woot.

    just ordered 4 yards of harrisons 55230 conquest and 2.5 of 90009 anniv tweed.

    can't wait to turn them into something I'll be wearing
     


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    Has anyone purchased cloth directly from Harrisons and could provide contact information? Thanks.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    I have from their website.
     


  7. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Damn, Harrisons has bought so many historic brands now.

    Here's what I've gathered the UK fine cloth landscape looks like now.


    • Bateman & Ogden 
    • Brook Taverner
    • Bulmer & Lumb 
    ○ Bulmer & Lumb
    ○ Taylor & Lodge
    ○ Arthur Harrison
    ○ Kaye   & Stewart
    ○ Edwin Woodhouse ​
    • Dormeuil
    • Dugdale (great prices)
    ○ Thomas Fisher
    ○ Duffin & Peace​
    • Fox Brothers (sell direct to consumer)
    • LBD Harrisons
    ○ Harrisons of Edinburgh
    ○ Lear Browne and Dunsford
    ○ H Lesser
    ○ Porter and Harding
    ○ Smith's Woolen
    ○ W Bill 
    • Harrison's Burley (eBay)
    • Huddersfield Fine Worsteds 
    ○ Minnis
    ○ John G Hardy
    ○ Taylor and Lodge
    ○ Hunt & Winterbotham ​
    • Holland & Sherry 
    • Lovat
    • Luxury Fabric
    ○ John Foster
    ○ William Halstead
    ○ Joshua Ellis​
    • Scabal 
    • C&J Antich



    Sources: http://www.cutterandtailor.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=26

    http://www.permanentstyle.co.uk/201...lls-and-merchants-explained.html#.UxkLUvlAHnh
     
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  8. Grammaton Cleric

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    The above is helpful, but you're missing quite a few - Johnstons, Grove & Lindley, Schofield & Smith, Glenlyon, Islay Tweed, Ardalandish, Butt of Lewis, Marling & Evans, Reid & Taylor, Hunter's of Brora, Moxon, Molloy, Magee, Halsted, Charles Clayton etc. etc.

    I think you've touched upon the major guys who are well-versed in dealing w/ intl. orders. Members new to the CMT world would do well to stick to Minnis, Dugdales, Harrisons and the like.
     
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  9. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    ^ If you format those in the style I have above (parent company -> subsidiary company/brand), I will add them to the list
     


  10. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    This made me laugh.

    My list was not meant to comprehensive.

    I've ordered from Butt of Lewis. They basically loom out of a basement shop. Not exactly a cloth producer on par with Harrisons, Hudderfield etc. :D
     
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  11. dopey

    dopey Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Do you mean that in terms of quality or volume of production.
     


  12. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Also, according to wiki, Moxon does mainly "silly" expensive cloth (18 ct gold stripe etc.) for oil sheikhs, etc. Not really the practical stuff SFers like.

     


  13. Grammaton Cleric

    Grammaton Cleric Distinguished Member

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    You mentioned that your list indicated the 'fine cloth landscape' in the UK - I know it was not meant to be comprehensive and I was simply pointing out that you're missing both some major names and some smaller gems.

    I'm well aware of the size of Callum's operation. By a similar token, Lovat is a 4-man operation and Harrison's Burley sells rebadged Asian cloth. And Scabal, Dormeuil, and H&S are not British.

    I won't bother listing out the schedule (I literally typed that out in 5 secs from memory) - my broader point, which still stands, that any members new to sourcing their own cloth would do well to stick with the trusted, major guys (which you already listed), rather than a Johnstons, Burley etc.
     
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  14. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    The latter :D
     
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    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Interesting, I had asked about Burley earlier in this thread and everyone seemed to like it.

    Not to say that geographic location of mill necessarily matters, but I had just assumed it was one of those old Edinburgh mills.
     


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