In another thread I asked for tips about getting myself an odd jacket (http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=19424). After having discarded the striped option (yes, I sometimes follow advice, thank you), I went to the local Zegna store and had a look at the 2006 autumn/winter MTM catalogue. There were some nice things, and I finally ended up choosing between a somewhat violet "shetlair" herringbone (I think it was) cloth, and another cloth, plain and with a "velvet" feel. The violet cloth was lovely, but I was actually looking for something more "neutral" and easy to "combine". The "velvet" cloth (I do not remember the name of the cloth, I think it was "cashco", but it might have been "shetlair" or "silk skin") came in brown and in dark grey/charcoal. The charcoal option attracted me - I guess it could do both for work and leisure. The thing is that nobody I know or see at work ever wear this kind of "velvet" type jackets. However, I guess that for me, it could work well - I am not working in an extremely formal environment, and many of my clients are quite informal. Any opinions on these "velvet" jackets? (By the way, if someone has seen the catalogue, I am thinking about combining the charcoal "velvet" jacket with the grey trouser cloth that comes on the page with the violet herringbone shetlair jacket cloth).