Friday, 18 June 2010
Today, English cloth manufacturing is a much smaller affair, as the vast majority of the work has gone abroad to China or India. Nevertheless, those mills that do remain still have some of the best machinery, knowledge and expertise in the world. As a result, they continue to turn out beautiful worsted wools that few other manufacturers can compete with.
When you next buy a suit, it's well worth giving some thought to where the wool has come from. It's easy to be taken in by a high super-number and the assurance that the cloth is 100% wool. These are all very well, but they still don't tell the whole story. You may well make a big saving by buying Chinese or Indian wool, but the quality is unlikely to be anything like as good.