Readers who have their suits and sport coats custom made might be interested in a special fabric run I’m putting together. The current book of J&J Minnis Fresco only has one solid dark brown, the 0518, and to my eye (as well as my tailor’s), it’s too dark for an odd jacket. So, I’m hoping to commission a special run of brown Fresco, something similar to the swatch you see above.
Fresco, for those unfamiliar, is a trademarked term (like Kleenex) for an open weave worsted from J&J Minnis of Huddersfield. The high-twist cloth is woven to resist wrinkling and allow a lot air to pass through, thus making it ideal for summer. It’s a bit rougher to the hand than other tropical wools, such as Smith’s Finmeresco or Holland & Sherry’s Crispaire, which I think makes it exceptionally nice for suits meant to be broken up into separates, or for just sport coats themselves. Super smooth wools are for wimps anyway.
I’m currently talking to Huddersfield Fine Worsteds to see how we can commission this run, but my guess is that we’ll need a minimum order of 60 meters. I’m currently at ~52m, which leaves just two or three more slots for people. If you’re interested, please email me. I’m hoping to get a color similar to sport coat my e-friend Voxsartoria is wearing in the first photo below, or perhaps one shade lighter than the double breasted suit he’s wearing in the second image. The weight will be 10oz.