As I wrote a few days ago, winter has begun here, or so it would seem, and so my chilled extremities were happy to see a package containing one camel-colored dressing gown finally arrive from Mr. Hemrajani. Production took considerably more time than expected as it was apparently difficult finding someone in Hong Kong to quilt the lining. That effort was worthwhile however as the combination of the silk and Zegna's 10 ounce/300 gram cashmere exterior is a perfect weight for my sometimes fifty-five degree (13 degrees C) coastal study.
I don't always appreciate modern textiles, preferring heavier stuff and different qualitites than the Supers that dominate the market today. But I admit that lightweight cloth is a boon in this case. Loro Piana's offering weighed half again as much and would clearly have been too hot.
Like pajamas, robes are in my opinion better obtained from a shirtmaker than purchased off the rack. Oh, the ready-to-wear terrycloth versions are fine for a swim, but for sustained lounging these things should fit, and the cost need be no more than RTW of comparable quality. The process does take considerably longer than a trip to the mall, but with a little thought a made to order robe should arrive just in time for winter.