At Mr Start, the fabric of your tailoring is something we care deeply about, its the very heart of everything, without great fabrics the garment is an empty shell. So for that reason, we only source fabrics from really great mills, exclusively from Italy and the UK. These are factories that we have worked with for years, we're talking 20 or 30 years and in some cases even longer. They work very hard to produce not only incredible innovation but also fabrics that are sustainable because they know their whole supply chain. This is not a new word to these great companies because they have always worked in that way, it is in their DNA.
They might own sheep farms in Australia or New Zealand or cotton plantations in Egypt, which gives them a continuous supply of the very best raw materials to spin the yarns, and then to weave the best fabrics, it guarantees the supply of consistent quality.
Mohair/wool from Vitale Barberis Canonico. Traditional sheep’s wool is spun with a smaller amount of mohair wool from the Angora goat. This gives it extra lustre, it also makes it both durable and resilient. It makes it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. One of the other benefits is it helps to make it more crease-resistant, so this makes an ideal travel suit.
So when you decide to buy a made to measure jacket, suit or a pair of trousers you have the whole world of wonderful fabrics to choose from. That’s part of the pleasure of the experience, choosing a unique fabric from the best manufacturers in the world and the history behind every one of them. Here are a few of the types of fabrics that are available to you and some of the many reasons to choose the one that suits you the best. Of course, we are on hand to guide you through when needed.
Wool with 2% elastin added the elastic makes the fabric stretch a little so as the wearer moves with it not against it, this creates a sporty feel. This enhances the recovery of the fabric, after wearing, so it always stays in perfect shape, creases drop out quickly and because it stretches over the pressure points, like the elbows, this mill is called Angelico
Another mill that we like a lot is called Fratelli Tallia di Delfino, Delfino for short. They make very high-quality fabrics in Merino wool or wool and cashmere, plus many other qualities. They select only the finest wools from Australia and New Zealand, they are especially good for slightly unusual colours.
Loro Piano (currently out of stock in our ready to wear) is a world-famous brand, especially for wool/cashmere or 100% cashmere fabrics. Super high quality, we have made many wool and cashmere jackets in the recent past as well as beautiful suiting. They have many innovative and luxurious fabrics to choose from to make your next suit.