What are the best shirting fabrics?

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  1. pglover19

    pglover19 Active Member

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    My local shirtmaker has fabric, but is very limited and not my style. My style is more contemporary/modern. He does all the cutting and making of the shirt onsite. However; after 3 shirts he still does not have my template correct. So I am still working with him to make me a perfect shirt.
     
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    dragon8 Senior member

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    alumo's entire line is good. Can't go wrong.
     
  3. Hirsh

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    My vote goes jointly to Carlo Riva, Alumo and the best DJA shirtings:)
     
  4. Hirsh

    Hirsh Senior member

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    I like the sound of Alumo bedding v much indeed!

    Please could you pm me if this becomes possible?

    Thnx:)
     
  5. Hirsh

    Hirsh Senior member

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    +1

    Sad that Riva have discontinued my favourite blue poplin, but plenty of other nice fabrics!
     
  6. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    recently met with the head of sales at Alumo
    bought a number of things for stock and received the swatch books
    even picked up a few more engineered pleats for formal shirts.

    the swatch book is classic. they do stock some seasonal patterns as well.

    the fabrics are expensive, but the quality is solid.
    most of the line is in 100/2 and 120/2.
    expensive compared to other mills.
    but
    the fabric is dense and well constructed.
    no games involving compact yarns and resin finishes.

    worth the price as the shirts will last a long time.

    the bedding project could only be made in a facility that has very wide looms.
    i don't think alumo has these looms
    My italian source will turn out a beautiful product.
     
  7. Hirsh

    Hirsh Senior member

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    Which mill do your Italian shirtings come from?

    Sleeping on Thomas Mason shirting bedding would be gorgeous, although I'd still prefer the Alumo 100s to be honest:)
     
  8. Gianvittorio

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    Riva, Monti, Canclini, Thomas Mason, Albini... and all egyptian cotton. But actually i don't know where to buy...i choose the cotton fabric to my shirtmaker folders....
     
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    Anyone know the U.S. distributor for Canclini?
     
  10. SartodiNapoli

    SartodiNapoli Senior member

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    You got very nice taste as Anna Mattuozzo told me in person about you.

    I hope you feel better btw.

    I will chose Riva and then some Alumo, not all.
     
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    qelfulres New Member

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    Adding to the above Grandi & Rubinelli, Bonfanti, Sic Tess, G&R is hard to beat in terms of value for money.
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  12. SartodiNapoli

    SartodiNapoli Senior member

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    Yes, even has some random good lines, the shrinkage huge compared with the rest. We had to add some extra ease due to it.
     
  13. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    Pglover19, the very word shirting, perhaps best popularised by Alan Flusser in his many books, means a shirt fabric. No need for "shirting fabric" or "suiting fabric" and so on.

    As for the best, well, Carlo Riva's name is thrown in the air often, but their shirtings are hard to come by unless you buy a Kiton shirt. Alumo is always great, Thomas Mason has a nice range.

    The best fabric is the one that serves your intended use best, while also ageing nicely and bringing pleasant sensations when worn and handled. Even superior weaving technology is just marketing if the end result displeases intended use.
     
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    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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