Thomas Mahon of English Cut was in town this week and he brought sunny days with him as well as a chalk striped Minnis 9/10 ounce fresco double breasted that will be light as a summer breeze when it's ready. It'll be quarter lined with Emerzine for coolness and, as these things go, will no doubt be complete just as the iciest gales of winter arrive.
The prospect of the wait was nothing compared to the relief I felt when I saw the cloth. I'd had a pair of lighter eight ounce fresco made into trousers this summer and I've been disappointed with the way the stuff keeps its shape (it doesn't). Fortunately, the 9/10 doesn't have that problem.
Of course, there's cloth and then there's tailoring. This particular pair of trousers needs less work than the jacket, which isn't suprising since the jacket is much more complex. And I expect that the whole thing will take three more months. That's because each stage always has taken about the same time in the past, and also because Thomas says orders this trip have so far shown no sign of a downturn.
I will admit that my own attitude towards our economic prospects was buoyed considerably by the $1.60 English pound. That's a 20% improvement since Spring, which is every bit as nice as the unseasonably warm weather we're having this week. And I'm looking forward to having just the suit for it.