The cloth we use for most of the suits we make is worsted and you will all be very familiar with the name, taken from the Norfolk village of Worstead, which in the 12th century was a centre of wool yarn and cloth production. Although both are made from sheeps wool, worsted is stronger, finer, smoother, and harder than the standard ‘woollen’ yarn used for knitted garments. Traditionally made from lang-stapled wools from old breeds such as Teeswaters and Romney Marsh, the wool for worsteds is washed, gilled and combed before oiling and spinning rather than carded.
Our worsteds are made from merino wool from sheep predominantly bred in Australia and New Zealand by the leading quality producers; the exceptional quality of the wool is known worldwide and occasionally makes headlines when a record breaking bale is produced. Worsted yarn is graded by its fineness, known in the trade as ‘count’, which ranges from 50s, to regularly used 70s to 80s, which offer durability combined with a good handle, through the mid 100s of great quality, to the Super 200s, a cloth of exceptional handle, comfort and fineness.
It is only the advanced technology in the spinning and weaving industries that means we can now obtain extraordinarily fine qualities in the 150s to 200s range, bringing a level of luxury that is unparalleled. The high count qualities are soft to the touch and a delight to wear and we have put together a collection of the best of these gorgeous cloths, (known somewhat strangely as ‘stuff’) for your delectation. They work well as a suit, blazer, sports coat or trousers, but made from any of these incredible collection of fabrics we have assembled, they attain a level of luxury not attainable elsewhere.