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07
MAY
2013

Spring Suit Fabrics, Pt. 1: Mohair

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to start thinking about switching our our closets. With one of the most extensive fabric selections in Philadelphia, we have you covered whether you’re looking for a simple light grey worsted suit or a mint green mohair/wool blend.

What’s mohair, you ask? Welcome to the first of a series on spring fabrics and styles. In this series, we’ll be covering the following materials:

  • Mohair
  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Lightweight wool
  • Piuma
  • Silk
  • Shorts with suit jackets

 

WHAT IS MOHAIR?

 

Best Custom Suit Option Mohair Fabric Swatch in Philadelphia Showroom

Mohair from Scabal.

Bespoke Suit Fabric Mohair Swatch by Henry A. Davidsen

Mohair from Dormeuil.

Also known as the “Diamond Fiber” due to its high luster and sheen, mohair comes from the hair of the angora goat. It’s considered to be a luxury fiber like cashmere and silk and is generally more expensive than regular worsted wool as a result.

Super Suiting Fabric!

One of the most important things to note about mohair is its “hand,” or the way it feels to the touch. It’s not incredibly soft like cashmere or silky like, well, silk. The fabric has a bit of bite to it, meaning that it’s sometimes described as rough or scratchy. Many people are hesitant to buy a mohair suit because of this, but it breaks in very well and gets softer over time.

Okay, we’re cheating a little bit when we say mohair is a spring fabric. It’s actually great all the time because in the wintertime it insulates exceptionally well, but we’re focusing on its most spring-friendly property: moisture-wicking. In addition to this, it’s flame-resistant (yes, seriously), highly durable, and naturally elastic. It also resists wrinkling very well and has incredible “spring” to it; there’s a certain bounce and liveliness to mohair that most wools lack.

Now is the time to think about adding a mohair suit to your collection, so consider one in a light navy or a lighter grey stripe like you see above to look seasonally appropriate. Come June, you’ll look so sharp in your mohair suit that you could cut bread with the crease in the pants.

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