Monthly Archives: October 2014

Button fastening

Although it might sound obvious to many of you experienced gentlemen out there, but did you know that tradition dictates that you should always leave the bottom button on your suit jacket undone?

So, if you have a 3 button, only fasten 2 and with a 2 button you should only fasten 1.

For what concerns sleeve buttons, they are fake/not working on commercial suits, while with high-end and custom suits, you will see opened sleeve buttons (aka working cuffs). Some call it a “show-off” some call it a “personal style detail”. I will leave that up to you.

 

Suit fabrics

Evaluating suit fabrics

Suit fabrics - Super 110's

Super 110’s

Evaluating suit fabrics is the most important step towards building your dream garment. I’m sure that you’ve come across fabrics grading labels that say: “Super 120’s or 130’s or 150’s or even Super 200’s”. But the question is: what does that “Super” number really tell you?

 

The number denotes the fineness of the individual fibers that make up the actual wool (only wool); similar to the thread count you see on bed linen. Typically, the higher numbers designate a thinner, silkier fabric, which is also rarer with a higher price tag.

The trade off for the luxurious feel is that these finer fibers also wear through quicker, so they’re not good as an everyday workhorse.

But be careful, especially with Chinese manufactured fabrics, the term is often abused to (unfairly) appeal more to the consumer. In fact, the market is overflown with suits & sport jackets that carry labels with high Super graded wool, that is in fact not even close to that number. As the matter of facts, it is often not even wool at all!

Super 150's?

Suit fabrics – Is it really Super 150’s?

Overall, when choosing fabrics for your next suit, pay attention to important details about it such as: weight, fineness, origin, etc.; you’ll be amazed by how much difference the right choice will make for you.

Contact an expert to learn more about which type of fabrics are best for your next suit or sport jacket.

Suit fabrics - Super 180's

Genuine Super 180’s – Our top of the line wool collection

Italian Made to Measure Blog

Hello Gentlemen,

Style is not something that you can acquire overnight or that you can purchase at the store by spending big $$ with high priced items.

Style is something you incorporate into your every day life and is projected by what you wear. That is why they say that what you wear is who you are.

This blog has been created with the intent of sharing valuable information about formal menswear but also as a lounge for well-dressed gentlemen. Your opinion is valuable to all of us so feel free to jump in and say what you think!

Grazie e Arrivederci!

Massimo