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This suit's material?

WilliamG

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Hello, Can you help me identify the exact fabric and style of material used for this suit.
And if you know it, can you tell me the price to tailor it (made to measure)?
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Dirk Wainscotting

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No doubt worsted wool; (urquhart) glen check.

Impossible to state a price. It depends upon the tailor, the quality of the cloth used and the process.
 

KILO NOVEMBER

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It's also known as "glen plaid". Cary Grant wore a similar suit in North by Northwest. An outfit I have used is Prince Henry in Bangkok. They travel around the world, booking a room in a hotel in various cities, taking measurements and showing swatches. According to their web site (http://www.princehenry.biz/product.php) they will make you a two-piece suit of this material for $240.00.
 

BlueTrain

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I once had a suit in that sort of material, back when I was, uh, younger. I really liked the style, although mine was a single-breasted version with contemporary width lapels. It is a good choice for probably a third suit.
 

Mathematicus

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Personally I love glen ckeck, but I'm a bit picky about the dimension of the pattern when we are talking about full suits in this fabric. Too bold patterns are more suitable for sports coats only, they look a bit clownish in a suit (of course it's my opinion). The pattern shown in figure above is pretty conservative, very appropriate both for business and casual wear.

I have recently acquired a nice glen check sports coat dating from 1950s and I'm planning to wear it with separate slacks; instead, I have a pair of old 90s glen checked slacks that I'd like to wear more, probably they could use a good taper.
 

Patrick Hall

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Personally I love glen ckeck, but I'm a bit picky about the dimension of the pattern when we are talking about full suits in this fabric. Too bold patterns are more suitable for sports coats only, they look a bit clownish in a suit (of course it's my opinion).

Glenchecks in the conservative scale of Grant's suit are hard to come by these days. I have a three piece 1940's suit in a similar worsted fabric that I absolutely love. But I haven't seen any modern fabrics that compare. You'd have to dig through swatches at a local tailor to see if someone still makes it. Incidentally, with houndstooth it's the opposite. What I wouldn't give for some of that bold houndstooth fabric that shows up in sport coats in those 40's headshots...
 

Mathematicus

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Glenchecks in the conservative scale of Grant's suit are hard to come by these days. I have a three piece 1940's suit in a similar worsted fabric that I absolutely love. But I haven't seen any modern fabrics that compare. You'd have to dig through swatches at a local tailor to see if someone still makes it. Incidentally, with houndstooth it's the opposite. What I wouldn't give for some of that bold houndstooth fabric that shows up in sport coats in those 40's headshots...
I think I've seen a photo of you in that suit. Very very beautiful indeed.
 

avedwards

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Glenchecks in the conservative scale of Grant's suit are hard to come by these days. I have a three piece 1940's suit in a similar worsted fabric that I absolutely love. But I haven't seen any modern fabrics that compare. You'd have to dig through swatches at a local tailor to see if someone still makes it. Incidentally, with houndstooth it's the opposite. What I wouldn't give for some of that bold houndstooth fabric that shows up in sport coats in those 40's headshots...

Some of the British Huddersfield companies still make finer glen checks. I have a suit which is made from either Holland & Sherry or Dugdale fabric which is charcoal grey on mid grey with a fine blue windowpane pattern over the top, creating a conservative but slightly unusual look.

So to answer the OP's question, a Huddersfield fabric should he able to recreate the look in the picture. They're among the more expensive fabrics out there but the quality is worth it in my opinion.
 

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