As regular customers will know, we have introduced some very special cloths during our double celebration year, all of which contain patterns, some obvious, but mostly subtle or even hidden. As this is the 60th year that Brian Lishak has worked on Savile Row, we thought it would be interesting to look at the fabrics that were being sold in the 1950s when Brian started travelling to the United States of America. What we found was very pleasing; the weaves of the time were complex and often looked their best in the heavyweights so beloved of our customers today.
Heavyweights were popular for their warmth, comfort and durability in a post-war Britain and America. The thicker threads allowed for vivid designs and distinctive patterns; at the time, diamond patterns and tile weaves were very much in favour, but it was complexity that drove the weavers then, almost as if there were a challenge to conceal a code in the cloth, they revelled in creating ever more complex interplays between design and colour.
As the complexity of weaving these designs is greater than that of a simple or plain fabric, they are rarely seen these days, so we have revived them and commissioned our own versions, made to our own design and specifications. We have had them woven in Worsteds for suits and wonderful tweeds for suits and sports coats.
Our worsted suitings were spun and woven by the finest mills in Yorkshire; created in medium and heavy weight they followed our own plain and regular design suitings already favoured by many of our customers, who were delighted by their superb durability and shape-keeping properties.
Our first new range of tweeds for sports coats, made from a superlative wool tweed in Scotland, have been woven to highlight an extraordinarily distinctive design in three shades of brown and make an extremely handsome sports coat which can be worn over fawn or grey trousers, chinos or jeans. Later in these pages you will also find our second new range of tweeds in our stunning anniversary pattern.
We are sure that customers will enjoy these new cloths in old and new patterns, as much now, as when they were first produced sixty years ago; we are delighted to be able to show that the quality and craftsmanship of that era is alive and thriving today.