Suit Fabrics & The Super System

When shopping for mens suits, most men are either unaware or confused of the options. Buying a quality suit is important, and is an investment in yourself. Regardless of whether you wear them to work or not, your wardrobe should consist of at least two or three well fitting suits.

Ps.... Suit's that no longer fit, don't count!


More often than not, menswear garments are generally made from wool, cotton or synthetic materials. Whether you're after a business suit, wedding suit or formal suit, it's almost always best to purchase a wool suit, or at the very least a wool blend. Wool is a natural fibre that is versatile and stylish, but also breathes. Keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.

There are however many different grades of wool. With the majority of our mens suits, employing the use of fine Italian wool. Our wool suits are generally available in Super 100's and higher. This "Super" system of wools are made using high-tech machines, which allows the wool to be spun lighter and finer then in years previously.  These Super wools are often referred to as Super 100's, 120's, 130's, 150's, 180's. etc. The number which follows is used to describe the fineness of the fabric. With finer fabrics, such as Super 180's being more expensive then Super 100's.

It has become common to use this system as a general ranking rule for the quality of the wool, however this was its intended purpose. The number system, should be used to describe the fineness of the wool. Thus, depending on the use of the suit different wool's may be more appropriate.
For example; buying a Super 180's wool suit, to use as an everyday office or work suit is not recommened, due to the fineness of the fabric. Although more expensive, a Super 180's wool is much more likely to show wear and tear at a quicker rate then a Super 110's, due to its fineness.

With this is mind; should you require a work suit, that will be worn regularly, a Super 100's, 110's and 120's is more appropriate. With the Super 100's being the more durable of the lot. However still being wool, it needs care and love

However if you are in need of an occasional suit, that will only be worn a handful of times a month, then you may like to try a Super 130's or 150's.

Ironically, the finest wools, may not produce the best garments. As the fabric become's finer, so does it's tendency to become wrinkled or creased (like linen), but it also becomes harder to tailor, with the fabric jumping as it is being sewn.

These different types of wool’s are best described, as luxury cars. Super 180's are like Italian sports cars, they may be fast, stunning and expensive, but most of them are not designed to be driven everyday.


Still confused? The bulk of your suit collection, should consist of Super 100's to 120's. These are designed to be worn the bulk of the time, and are more durable. Relatively more durable, these will make perfect business suits. With the remainder being Super 130's and above, as the treasure of your suiting collection. These only come out on special occasions. A great choice for wedding suits.

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