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Materials & Care

- HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SUIT AND WHAT ITS MADE OF -

CARING FOR YOUR SUIT

Basic care of your hand-made suit:

 

  • Do not wash your suit at home – dry clean it with a professional service

  • For spot removal between dry cleaning: Use a soft damp cloth and blot gently. Do not rub.

  • After wearing, let the jacket and pants air out.

  • Never iron a suit directly. If you need to remove wrinkles in a pinch, you can iron on low heat (no steam) with a thin cloth between the suit and the iron.

 

Wrinkling is the thing most people struggle with, especially when traveling. Below are a few suggestions:

 

  • Protect your suit from wrinkling and potential damage with a suit bag.  suit bag. These bags allow you to transport your suit with as little as possible wrinkling.

  • If its necessary to transport your suit inside a suitcase, check out this helpful folding tutorial:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaaEAFMjJ6s

FABRICS

When selecting a fabric for your suit you'll first consider the aesthetic elements (color, pattern, texture), and then fabric composition and weight.​
 

The season might help you to determine the fabric composition that you want.  Wool (or wool blends) are a good choice for wearing year-round as it is a breathable natural fiber and has been known to help regulate body temperature in the cold and heat.  Cotton and linen are normally worn in warmer seasons or climates.  They are natural fibers and known for their light weight and breathability.

If you have a question about how the fabrics look and feel, refer to the TTN fabric swatches.

MATERIAL COMPOSITION:

Suits are made from a wide range of fabrics, but the most commonly used  fabrics for suits are:

 

Luxury:  Cashmere, mohair and silk

Premium:  Pure wool

Common:  Wool / polyester blend, often with elastic fibers that provide a subtle stretch

Lightweight:  Cotton and Linen

 

Blends are commonly used, as the different fibers have different characteristics:

 

  • Technical: durability, springiness, wrinkle-resistant

  • Tactile:  texture, finish

  • Aesthetic: finish, light reflective, or other

 

Traditional English and Italian tailors generally operate with premium and luxury fabrics, while the majority of brand name quality suits are produced from a wool/polyester blend.

 

If you are considering a wool/polyester blend, aim for the percentage of wool to be close to or above 50%. The lower the percentage of wool, the lower the quality.

 

TTN primarily offers fabrics that are high quality wool/polyester blends.  These are generally a higher quality than what you find in a premium branded off-the-shelf suit.

WEIGHT:

Fabric weight gives you an indication of the season for which it is intended, as it reflects the density and thickness of the fabric.

 

For summer/warm climates:

  • A lighter weight fabric makes it feel like you're wearing less clothing.

  • The weave is looser and thinner, and therefore more breathable.

 

For winter/cold climates:

  • Heavier and thicker fabrics are recommended for warmth.

 

Guidelines for fabric weight:

 

Summer:        Below 250g

Winter:           Over 400g

All season:     Usually between 300 – 400g