About Our Fabrics
At Bespoke Edge, we have earned a reputation of providing a unique luxury experience by focusing on a number of key areas. With this article I want to give you an introduction on some of our most prestigious cloths. These clothing houses described below are all storied companies that for decades have provided custom menswear shops with the tools they need to create some of the most impressive garments in the world.
It’s also worth noting that when you’re a clothier like we are, you are solicited by cloth providers on a regular basis. But what makes it onto our shelf needs to be (1) a high performing cloth and (2) be a style that we personally like. For instance, even our solid colors have either a subtle textural weave to them, or have such an incredible drape, that they stand apart from the crowd. This thoughtful approach to curating our library of fabrics is an important tenet of our business.
Holland & Sherry
Established in 1836, Holland & Sherry has built a venerable reputation on its quality and careful manufacture of cloths. Today they provide a range of luxury fabrics like Super 240’s worsted, pure cashmere, pure worsted vicuña and a handful of really phenomenal blends.
The company was first founded by Stephen Holland and Frederick Sherry when they began their business as woolen merchants at 10 Old Bond Street in London. By the turn of the 20th century a sales office had been opened in New York. Subsequent decades saw growth in countries around the world and by 1982 the business moved its head office to Savile Row. Of all the cloth merchants established in the late 1800’s in Golden Square, what was once the epicenter of the woolen trade in London, only Holland & Sherry remains today.
While our H&S books lean towards the more conservative, our fall and winter-weight swatch books are pretty awesome. The blend of texture and color makes for an excellent cold weather sportcoat.
Also noteworthy, are the handful of cloth in forest green. They are lightweight and make for an excellent 4-season suit, but still have a nice textural component.
Gladson is Ryan’s personal favorite cloth house and has been sourcing fine cloths to the world’s leading custom shops for over fifty years. The company began as Gladson of England in 1948 and was founded by a man named Benjamin Solomon. At the time, he had been selling English fabrics to wholesale manufacturers on 4th Avenue in Manhattan. The company started to make a name for itself by selling English mohair suits as they became popular in the 50s and 60s.
Today, aside from providing an excellent selection of English wools, the company also carries an impressive line of Italian silk fabrics. If you’re looking for a fun spring or summer sportcoat, but with a refined finish, a Gladson swatch book is probably the one for you.
Drago and Rosenthal
Our Rosenthal books comprise our opening range of fabric and our Drago book is a step above with some excellent Super 130’s. Both feature a wide selection of solid and patterned suit and sportcoat cloth. If you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of custom suiting, cloth in either of these books might be the best place to start.
And then there’s Scabal, our finest cloth. Scabal is a prestigious cloth house with some of the softest and most complex weaves you’ve even seen. For suit cloth softer than your pajamas (seriously!) or a tuxedo cloth that would make a movie star envious, these are the swatch books to look at.
Wrap Up: our fabrics
A fine fabric will ensure that you have a suit you can wear for many years to come, but our skill in fitting and design will make for a suit that you will want to wear for years to come. Take a look at our gallery to see what some of our clients have made with these fabrics.