Monday, March 23, 2009
There are other shades but the three most elegant linen suits to my eye are colored french blue, cream and mustard, the shade of Neapolitan tailor Antonio Panico's suit in the photograph.
I am thinking about linen today as I will be spending some time with Mr. Patrick Chu of Hong Kong's W. W. Chan and may order another. The price is half that of my English tailors and that is a considerable advantage for what is essentially just a warm weather walk in the park pleasure suit. Quarter lined blue single breasted with patch pockets is the most useful.
I have written before that the key to successful linen wearing is the weight of the cloth. The lighter stuff creases where the heavier versions rumple. Rumples make for a more useful suit than do wrinkles.
Flâneurs who are looking for linen cloth might want to spend some time with Scabal's linen swatches. Their half-width 13 ounce (400 gram) stuff is a bit lighter than Holland & Sherry's 14 ounce book, and it has a softer hand as if its been washed in the River Tweed or something. I have several pair of trousers from it and, if I do overcome my reluctance to add another tailor to my mix, it will be from Scabal's fabric.
So much for my plan to post swatches of the three linen suit colors as I cannot seem to get on to Scabal's web site today.