I need a pair of corduroys or two as some of mine are showing too much wear, and that reminded me of a unique wool weave: Loro Piana's Zelander, to the best of my knowledge the only tailored clothing quality Merino wool corduroy. But I am afraid of the stuff.
Loro Piana makes some of the world's finest cashmere without question. The trouble in the past was their wool. You see, a decade or more ago they were weaving it using a technique that reduced the strength by 25%, and I had a new suit split in the middle of a leg. Unstressed, and not at a seam either. That is the sort of thing that stays with a man, and, much as I would like a couple pair of wool corduroy trousers I need to first convince myself that they will hold up for more than a few hours.
I will report back after W. W. Chan's winter visit.