Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Houndstooth Tweed Part 3

From the same series as the houndstooth tweeds posted below in "Part 2", these 3 are all earthtone cloths in a houndstooth pattern with an overcheck type of pattern on top.  Not a true overcheck but the interplay of color between the tooth pattern gives it that effect.   Definitely recommended for separates rather than a full suit unless you have some moxie!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Another hugely popular series, the Vitale Barberis Canonico cloth are all now restocked, including all of the popular navy colors.

These fabrics are from renowned Italian mill Vitale Barberis Canonico, a super 170 wool/silk blend in lightweight approx 9oz.  These are a great choice when you want something a little extra nice for yourself, and as usual I recommend these cloths for non-first time buyers who have already dialed in a good fit (but obviously there's no problem with these as a first time suit).  All of these cloths are available in very limited quantities.

127 True Navy....a very regal shade of Navy, has distinct blue tones and maybe one of the best navy colors I have offered

125 Dark Navy...a more traditional dark navy, perfect for suits intended to be worn in a conservative work environment

124 Cool Medium Grey...this color is similar to Petrol Blue, but is more of a medium shade grey.  Because the grey is a "cool" grey (as opposed to a warm grey), it has a slight blue cast to it.  A great grey color for those who felt the Petrol Blue sharkskin was a bit too blue.

122 Warm Medium Grey...a true medium grey.  The surface texture weave is a very fine nailhead/pindot pattern.

121 Light Grey...a true light grey.  Also has the visible fine nailhead/pindot pattern to the cloth weave.  A great shade if you are looking for a light grey that is not too far from medium.  I wouldn't classify this color as being a pale grey however.

RESTOCKED: Sharkskins!

After a few false starts on availability of these sharkskins which were very popular, I am glad to announce they are finally restocked!  So for all of you who've been asking for the Petrol Blue and the Blue-Grey Sharkskin cloths, they are now available.  This is the swatch from the previous stock I used, the color should not be much different in this new batch, but if they are I will edit the swatches to reflect the change in color, but for now here is what they looked like.  And the lookbook has full worn suit samples of each of these cloths to get an idea of how they look as a full garment

These are English made, super 120s "vintage" sharkskin.  I describe them as vintage since they are more like an early 1960s sharkskin, rather than the highly metallic sharkskin that is more commonly thought of when one uses that term.  Think of "Rat Pack" era American suits, where the cloth has a bit of a sheen due to its 2 thread color weave.  These cloths are a wool/silk blend and have more surface sheen than the cloths I've normally offered.  Despite the sharkskin nomenclature, these choices will still be completely appropriate for those wishing to wear it to work or for interviews as they are NOT metallic and will not have the high reflective property.  Their sheen is subtle and gives the suit a more sophisticated appearance. Prices on the sharkskin are just slightly higher due to the fabric cost, but not much more than the normal cloth selection I offer.  Available in a limited amount and restockability is always uncertain.

-Petrol Blue.   A great greyish blue color for those looking for a different shade of blue and don't want to go traditional navy.  

-Blue-Grey.  A really awesome shade of light grey with a very distinct blue tint to it.  It's hard to say if the color is a greyish blue or a blue-ish grey.  I think half the people who are asked will think it's more grey, the other half will think it's more powder blue.  An amazing shade, and has that vintage early 60s feel that we love at Thick as Thieves.  A great alternative for those looking for a light grey shade suit.

-Medium Grey.  Very nice warm toned medium grey, leaning towards lighter grey.  This is a classic grey color for those who are looking for that perfect lighter-shade. This is a very versatile color as it can be worn with any colors and look appropriate.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2011 Fall Tweeds Part 1

Limited quantity tweeds, once these are gone I don't think I will be able to get more.

-Tweed #5.....a great windowcheck pattern in a complex weave.  Lots of interesting visual texture in a "cool grey" medium shade.  Little bits of blue and orange in the check make this a very interesting cloth and it's guaranteed to sell quickly if the past is any indication as windowcheck plaids tend to go quickly!

-Tweed #7....basically the same pattern as Tweed #5, except the overall shade is a WARM grey, rather than the cool grey of #5.  This color would pair very nicely with dark brown shoes.

These tweeds are only in small amounts, and once they are gone that will probably be it.