Wednesday, January 4, 2006

On The Street……Corduroy Suit

A corduroy suit ,like this one from Domenico Vacca, is a great option for Fall/Winter.

I’ve seen so many, too many actually, super 100′s , 450′s and ultra 6000′s that I’m looking for a fabric with a little more body, and little more chunk, a little more tweedy.

I love the suit Clark Gable is wore in “It Happened One Night”

I’ve been on an old movie kick lately and those heavy-in-the-hand fabrics from the 20′s and 30′s look so fresh to me again.


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  1. Bellospirito

    January 4, 2006 at 10:49 pm

    I really enjoy your blog. I agree about the allure of heavier suiting fabrics. Living in the Northeast, a guy wearing a tropical weight wool suit in the dead of winter has always looked downright strange. Plus it’s an easy way to go hypothermic when the wind whips up your pant leg. I don’t have corduroy yet, but I do have a few very heavy wool or tweed suits that I treasure — a Postman blue serge, smoky gray Prince of Wales check, a brown and black mini-houndstooth, and a couple of navy chalk stripes. You don’t often find these heavyweights on the rack. I ordered them up from Samuelsohn from swatches. They look great at a country inn too when accessorized appropriately, especially the brown.

  2. Anonymous

    January 5, 2006 at 7:13 am


    I could not agree more, the Samuelsohn heavy fabrics and Zealander wool cords are great!

    I love the blog!

  3. i embeds medfør

    January 5, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    I like the colours but I find the jacket too tight. There is no wearing ease. I know this is very common at the moment – the tight tailor made look. But I find it silly when it doesn’t correspond to “the personal architecture” (Flusser).

  4. The Sartorialist

    January 5, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    thanks for the input, the suits sound great.
    I think i have to go shopping this weekend.

    Oliver, the guy in the photo, told me that he had just picked up the corduroy suit from the tailor. I’m sure once he wears it a few toimes it will take on a more natural ease.

  5. Anonymous

    January 5, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    Something doesn’t look right with Oliver’s oufit. Perhaps it’s the tie – too long, too wide and too blue…! The shirt and suit look good.

  6. Jay

    January 6, 2006 at 9:47 am

    The fitting is just the way I like it: cut-to-the-bone.
    The shirt & tie color won’t be my choice. I’d probably go for a white or light blueish shirt and a (cholocate) brownish tie.

  7. Anonymous

    January 11, 2006 at 12:43 pm

    No matter what, the fellow looks as if he’ll “crack” if he moves. Mr. Cooper looks more comfortable in 3x the fabric weight over 60 yrs ago!

  8. Anonymous

    January 11, 2006 at 12:44 pm

    correction… Mr. Gable (same difference)

  9. Anonymous

    January 13, 2006 at 12:39 pm

    Correction: by definition “very neapolitan” is elegant, but nonchalant, white or blue shirt, and comfortable in every way –like Mr. Vacca himself.

    This picture has a more Milanese take and remains “stiff”.

    In NY it’ll do.

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