Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. AdamWill

    AdamWill Senior member

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    Anyone had any experience with VBC's 'Spring Classics' line or Fratelli Tallia's 'Summer Double Twist' as spring/summer cloths? I'm getting some summer stuff made up and those are my options on the low end. My tailor's quoting an extra 50% for Harrison's Frontier, not sure if it's worth the extra. (Minnis doesn't have the styles I want, the 'Cool New Wool' stuff from huddersfieldcloth.com is another possibility but it'd be nice if someone could pin down what the heck it actually is :>)
     


  2. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    I had a fitting yesterday on my 'cool new wool', basically it is a smooth version of fresco but has the body of 12oz, it drapes pretty well and good for summer.

    I honestly don't think there is nicer summer business suiting cloth than this in yhe price range.
     


  3. Classic Car

    Classic Car Senior member

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    Can you show us some photos?
     


  4. RogerC

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    It's rebranded Bateman Ogden Panache.
     


  5. AdamWill

    AdamWill Senior member

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    Thanks - that was my best guess, you know it for sure?
     


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    Light reading for tonight

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  7. Gianni Cerutti

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    BEAUTIFUL overcoat...compliment
     


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    Thank you.
     


  9. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Cyber Eliitist

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    Anyone have a good source for wool/flax mixes? Found an awesome PRL ecru and grey puppytooth SC today (a tad small for me, unfortunately). Tag read 50/50 wool/flax. It had a great texture and wore light and crunchy but didn't seem to hold many wrinkles. I'm thinking something similar would make for a great unstructured summer jacket.

    Also wondering if anyone has any experience with flax. I assume it wears similar to linen, but wasn't sure if there was more to it...
     


  10. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Flax is the same as linen, as far as I know. Flax is the plant, linen is the cloth.
     


  11. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Cyber Eliitist

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    That was my original thought. Although the hand of wool/flax jacket was a little coarser than wool/linen mixes I've encountered in the past. That obviously doesn't mean anything, but had me thinking there may be a difference in the production or something.
     


  12. Loathing

    Loathing Senior member

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    Only the finer grades of flax fibre are suitable for making linen cloth, so it's possible the 'flax' description in that Polo jacket means it is made with coarser grade fibres than usual.
     


  13. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Cyber Eliitist

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    This makes a lot more sense to me. And in thinking about it overnight, I know that I have seen tags that read both flax and linen. It seems odd to me that the two would be interchangeable on a composition tag. Plus, to your point, Derek, flax is the precursor to linen.

    So I guess my question still stands. Worse comes to worst I'll likely go back to the quest for a suitable wool/linen(/silk/cashmere) blend, but I was really intrigued by the idea of a crunchier, lightweight, casual fabric to pair with jeans or chinos.
     


  14. jrd617

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    Thought this was worth posting. Polo is selling fresco (Minnis 0501?) suits this season, with the fabric as a main selling point.

    Has someone at RL been lurking on the forum? Fresco is by no means a new fabric, but it seems like they're jumping on the fabric's recent popularity among iGents?

    Fresco still seems rare among RTW. I've seen it in Sartorio recently, but that's it


    http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/...1766339&ab=ln_men_cs1_suits&parentPage=family

     
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  15. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Latest suit technology, "open weave"!!!

    It is funny how it is a selling point of the fabric for warm weather, when sweaters have open weaves too.
     
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