The fabric mills of Senszio

At Senszio we are proud to hold the fine fabrics from these mills in our collections.

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Ermengildo Zegna
More famous for their designer line clothing, Ermenegildo Zegna has its roots in fabric. It was Zegna’s eye for fashion and fine cashmere, wool and mohair fabrics that propelled them to success. Now they are still at the forefront, pioneering the lightweight trend of worsted fabrics. The results of their artisans are always highly praised for their sumptuous sheen and impeccable style.

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Loro Piana
The Vicuña was saved from extinction by Loro Piana. This Alpaca-like creature from the Andes produces some of the finest wool creating a soft and luxurious fabric. Loro Piana also sources fine mohair and cashmeres from across the globe to supplement their offering of fine fabric. Loro Piana Zibeline is one of their signatures, using an ancient Spanish flower to create a unique hammered pattern, both stylish and incredibly soft to the touch.

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Fratelli Tallia Di Delfino
“Luxury is not an exception, but a philosophy” This is the ethos that Fratelli Tallia Di Delfino designs by. Founded in 1903 in the beautiful Biella, they owe their fantastic fabric to the clear running water nearby. Specialising in the finer side of fabrics such as cashmere, silk blends and Super 130s and 150s. Their signature in absolute luxury is their 24K line, where they use real gold in their fabrics. Truly a fabric mill to outfit kings.

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Tessitura Monti
Started by three brothers, Tessitura Monti has survived through 2 world wars to create the finest shirt fabrics. They provide a wide range of very high-quality fabrics made with single-yarn, twisted and double-twisted yarn and with refined and rich raw materials, such as Giza Egyptian cotton and prestigious Flanders linen.

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Thomas Mason
Thomas Mason has been an English fabric producer since 1796. Though they have been owned by the Italian-based textile experts of the Albini family since 1992, they continue to stay true to their roots. Creating shirt fabrics with a quintessentially British style, they set themselves apart with their Seasonal, Silverline and Goldline collections. Distinguished by its style and made with the very best Egyptian two-fold yarns, you can expect the finest in English gentleman fashion.

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Scabal
A Heritage Mill from the rolling hills of Yorkshire, England, Scabal prides itself in their fabric. Though not as lightweight as their Italian counterparts, their super 150s+ still hold a sheen and luster rival to none. A common sight on Saville role, Scabal has the privilege of suiting some of the most influential men of our time, and continues to do so with their truly timeless fabrics.

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Holland and Sherry
Specialising in regional fabrics from their home country of the UK, Holland and Sherry have become known for their immaculate taste and tried tradition. Featuring heavy fabrics ideal for winter chills, their sumptuous wools to rugged Scottish tweeds became the benchmark for quality and craft in the nineteenth century.

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Dormeuil
Truly focused on perfection, Dormeuil sources their raw materials from all corners of the globe to be brought to their award-winning fabric mill in England. From the raw fibers to yarn then to cloth, the fabric they produce is the culmination of a laborious but rewarding process. Known best for their supple cashmere, Dormeuil is best when going for that undercover luxury.

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Vitale Barberis Cononico
One of the oldest fabric mills, founded in 1663, Vitale Barberis Canonico has reinvented itself to stay on top ethical and social standards. With a large archive of different styles and patterns favored by past clients such as Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor, Vitale Barberis Canonico can constantly resurrect timeless classics to re-create with a modern twist.

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Our relationship with trusted fabric mills across the globe allow us to service customers in unique ways. The options are virtually limitless. Reach out for you custom requests and we will work with you to provide whatever you need.

Suit Fabric – The first decision for your custom suit

Quality suit fabric is the foundation of any good suit. The first thing any visit to the tailors will be flipping through stacks and stacks of cloth booklets. It can be a daunting task if you are not versed in the aspects that make each fabric unique. Here we hope to introduce you to the 5 main characteristics you should consider when selecting fabrics.

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Material
Your first choice will be the type of suit fabric, wool, cotton, linen, silk or blends. Wool will be most people’s preferred choice because of its versatility and office friendliness. For tropical countries, consider cotton for its sweat absorbing and light characteristics, or linen for something more casual. The luster of silk and its blends are best saved for special occasions. Read further on materials and their uses here.

Mill
The mill is where the suit fabric is made. Some mills have been around for generations, still creating fabrics from sheep to suit, ensuring a watchful eye every step along the way for absolute perfection. Mills such as Zegna, have built their brand from these enduring traditions and can attract the best in pattern weavers and cloth dyers to create truly iconic fabric. Of course, there are other mills that offer similar quality at a lower price point, but without the prestige and fashion edge. Learn about all the mills we source from here.

Weight
The weight of the cloth you choose affects everything from the warmth of your suit to the fit. Fabrics can range from something as light as 210 grams per square meter (GSM) to something as heavy as 300 GSM. The weight is not any indication of quality, super 150s and higher can all vary in weight. Where weight makes the most impact is in how you carry yourself in the suit as well as warmth.

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Quality of Suit fabic

If there is one thing that is constant, higher quality means a finer thread, a brighter sheen and a more luxurious feel. This is most prevalent in wool and silk and its blends, though linen and cloth still have their best examples. Silk may be blended with other cloths to add versatility and to also bring down it’s price, while the quality in pure new wool is dictated by its fineness (or diameter) of the wool fiber, either in microns or Super 100s -180s.

Color and Pattern

The final choice, but the most lasting will be the colour and pattern. When first starting out, its best to fill your wardrobe with classic styles that can be worn to a variety of occasions and venues. These will be your blue, grey and charcoal wool suits. When venturing further, we have a weekly style guide that features unique match ups to inspire you. You can also browse our online database of the more popular suit fabrics we offer.

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If you have any further questions, our master tailors will be more than happy to answer your questions. Drop us a line at tailoring@senszio.com

Aftercare Linen – How to clean and care for linen suits

Linen is the fabric of choice when it comes to hot and humid weather. Favoured by gentlemen visiting the far reaching tropics of the world, the linen suit is a unique piece of clothing allowing them to stay comfortable and protected. Your linen suit will always be there to keep you cool as long as you treat it right.

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Characteristics
Linen is one of the oldest cloths man has created. Made out of the woven strands of the Flax plant, linen is both strong and durable. Flax is also the plant that early bowstrings were made out of. Linen makes some small sacrifice in softness to achieve great strength and breathability. This is because the weave of linen fabric is very loose. This loose weave also allows dyes to take hold in Linen easily, making it available in a wide array of different colours. Interestingly, linen is also the only fabric that will actually get stronger when wet, this is due to the water smoothing out the microscopic imperfections in the fabrics, allowing the weave to seamlessly move against each other when stretched, instead of snagging on each other and tearing.

Storage
Linen creases easily, and worse yet, it is notoriously difficult to iron flat. Linen is not affected too drastically by heat and humidity, however is still a natural material and a target for things like pests and mold. Best to still keep your linen garments in a cool and dry storage area. Much like other suits, keep it hung up and fully supported by the shoulders with enough space that it comes out freely when traveling to and from the wardrobe.

Cleaning
Linen is a very strong fabric and can withstand the pummel of the dry cleaners quite readily. That being said, still try to avoid taking your linen suit to the dry cleaners as much as possible. Shirts and trousers can be readily machine washed, the fabric is strong and will not run. Keep your washing machines settings to below 60 °C (140 °F) as an extra precaution. Your Clothing will shrink a little bit due to the fabric’s loose weave. While in the machine, the tumbling plus the heat will cause the strands to tighten up. Simply let your garments hang dry and they will return to near normal size. Do not use a dryer as the shrinking will be far more extreme. Once hung dry, if worn immediately, may still feel a bit tight, however a couple minutes of use will return it to normal size. When ironing your linen garments, patience is key. Turn up your iron to high heat and keep trying until those wrinkles disappear. Linen is a woven fabric so iron in different directions to make sure you are straightening out every single fiber!

Stains
When it comes to stains, you need to act fast. This is to prevent the stain from drying out and setting in. Your goal is to add water to the stain in controlled amounts using a tissue to gently mix with the stain. Then you will use another tissue to absorb the water along with the stain in a soft dabbing motion. Keep adding water and absorbing again until the stain is removed, or no longer has an effect. Linen Is tough, so thankfully you will not do too much damage to it. If the stain persists send it off to the drycleaners.

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Daily Use
Linen is very durable and can be worn as much as desired. Like the jungle explorers of old, simply dunk your linen into a cool stream and dry it by the camp fire and it will be fit to be worn another day. The only fault that wearing linen daily has is that linen has a very particular look and texture. It’s always best to mix up your wardrobe.

Travel
Your next trip to South East Asia or the Middle East would be incomplete without a linen suit. No need for special carrying cases, just gently place in the middle of your luggage, trying to avoid as few folds as possible. Wrinkling is inevitable but easily resolved. Once you are at your destination, send it to be ironed for a fresh look.