The weaves

Twill

Twill weaves have a distinctive diagonal pattern created by the way the vertical and horizontal threads are offset when they are woven. Because it’s so simple and sturdy, twill is often used for suits, blazers and coats, and you’ll see it often on the high street. The characteristic slant of the pattern is most recognisable in fabrics like denim and chinos.

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Sharkskin

Sharkskin is a crisp weave composed of closely-woven fine worsted yarn in a subtle diagonal pattern. Sophisticated and classy, sharkskin suits were traditionally the domain of high flying lawyers and advertising executives, but these days the look is at home in any business or formal setting.

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Hopsack

Hopsack is a plain weave that uses thicker or multiple yarns to create a textured, square-looking pattern. Because it’s slightly more open than other plain weaves, hopsack is wonderfully breathable and comfortable to wear all year round.

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Birdseye

Birdseye is a traditional suiting fabric consisting of very small uniform spots. The weave looks plain from a distance, but up close the delightful detail of the spots is revealed. Because the pattern is so subtle, birdseye is perfect for gents who are keen to add a touch of understated flair to their suits.

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