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21)   What is Dormieul?
22)   Do you ship to / deliver to UK ? USA ? Australia ? What countries do you ship to ? How long does it take to arrive ?
23)   What is manufactured – Man Made Fabrics and kinds of manufactured fiber?
24)   Can I order swatches?
25)   What is the difference between a Suit Jacket, a Blazer and a Sports Jacket ?
26)   What about Big and Tall sizes?
27)   I would like to order a Suit/Shirt in White/Cream/Blue/Yellow/Pink/Orange or in a colour not shown here . How do I do so ? What Fabric is best for such a garment?
28)   What is a Burn Test? How do I test a fabric?
29)   what is the designer brand Collections?
30)   What is vicuna wool?


  • What is Dormieul? Dormieul is a manufacturer of very high end pure wool cloth for mens suits and slacks. They are located in England and have trading offices in most European countries as well as centers of tailoring in Asia. Cloth from Dormieul is reknowned worldwide for its unique hand and luxurious feel. Dormieul suit fabrics are typically made in the tradition of British tastes with most fabrics being in traditional business colours and patterns such as Chalk Stripes, Bankers Stripes, Pin Stripes, Prince of Wales check etc.
    Dormieul is famous for its ´smooth as silk´ finish of wool suitings and have a lustre to it that exudes High Class Taste and Refinement. A person who wears Dormieul stands out as someone who knows what to wear and how to wear it. You can learn more about fabrics by visiting our Glossary pages or you can do quick Cloth searches using one or more criteria to help pick specific cloth you might be interested in, based on the weight, patterns, content and other requirements. [Top]

  • Do you ship to / deliver to UK ? USA ? Australia ? What countries do you ship to ? How long does it take to arrive ? We Ship and Deliver to any part of the world, including UK, USA, Australia and any other country on the Globe. All our shipments are via international couriers for safe and fast door to door delivery. It takes ten to twelve working days to complete an order and four to five days for delivery by courier. Priority processing can reduce the delivery time by another day or two if the order is required faster than the standard time period taken. Orders, once shipped, can be tracked via our online tracker within the MyAccounts section of our Website. [Top]

  • What is manufactured – Man Made Fabrics and kinds of manufactured fiber? Manufactured Fabrics are usually made of filaments extruded as liquid and formed into various fibers. Because the fiber starts as a liquid, many of the fibers are colored before they become filament, thus they are difficult to dye after the fiber is woven into a fabric.
  • ACETATE is not a strong fiber but can be extruded into fibers of different diameter and woven into fabrics that have the luxurious look of silk but do not wear like silk. Acetate does not absorb moisture readily but dries fast and resists shrinking. This is a resilient fabric that resists wrinkling in addition to being pliable and soft with a good drape. Triacetate is an improved acetate fabric which doesn´t melt as easier and is easier to care for. Remember, acetate in nail polish and nail polish remover will melt acetate as will alcohol so take care with perfumes and nail products including SuperGlue.
  • ACRYLIC is a fine soft and luxurious fabric with the bulk and hand of wool.Light weight and springy, this fabric is non-allergenic, dries quickly, draws moisture away from the body and is washable. Acrylic does not take even a moderate amount of heat. Modacrylics are used in pile fabrics like fake fur and are more flame resistant.
  • LASTEX is an elastic fiber made from Latex. It is most often used with other fibers to create fabrics such as Spandex and foundation garments. Lastex will deteriorate after repeated washing and drying, losing its elasticity.
  • NYLON became a household word in 1940 when it was knitted into hosiery. In 1942 it was called into service for the armed forces use in parachutes, flak vests, combat uniforms, tires and many other vital military uses. Until the war was over nylon was not available to the public. Nylon became one of the most versatile fibers of the man-made fabrics. In addition to hosiery, nylon is used in tricot, netting for bridal veils, and in carpeting.Nylon is stronger yet weighs less than any other commonly used fiber. It is elastic and resilient and responsive to heat setting. Nylon fibers are smooth, non-absorbent and dry quickly. Dirt doesn´t cling to this smooth fiber nor is it weakened by chemicals and perspiration. Extensive washing and drying in an automatic dryer can eventually cause piling. Nylon whites should be washed separately to avoid graying. This fabric may yellow so it should be bleached frequently with sodium perborate bleach. Nylon melts at high temperatures. If ironing is necessary, always use a low temperature on the wrong side.
  • Polyester is manufactured in many weights including fiber-fill used in pillows and upholstery. Threads spun from polyester fibers are strong, wear exceptionally well, and are used extensively in home sewing and manufactured sewing.
  • RAYON, from cellulose, has many of the qualities of cotton, a natural cellulose fiber. Rayon is strong, extremely absorbent, comes in a variety of qualities and weights, and can be made to resemble natural fabrics. Rayon does not melt but burns at high temperatures. Rayon drapes well, has a soft, silky hand, and has a smooth, napped, or bulky surface. Rayon will wrinkle easily and may stretch when wet and shrink when washed. Technological advancements to the rayon process have produced high wet modulus [HWM] rayons such as Lyocell and Modal which makes fabric less prone to stretch when damp or wet. Washable rayon will state the care on the fabric label. Like silk, if you pre-wash rayon fabric prior to construction of the garment, you have a washable garment.
    Here is a Glossary of Rayon Fabrics
  • Fibranne is French term for Viscose rayon.
  • Velvet, although made from silk, is most often produced from the rayon fiber.
  • SPANDEX is an elastic type fiber that can be stretched many times its length and then spring back to the original length. Spandex is more resistant to washing, perspiration, and heat than latex. Spandex is used in foundation garments and hosiery. [Top]

  • Can I order swatches? May we confirm that it is possible to get swatches as per your requirements.
    Please make use of our online swatch form to select upto 20 different fabric and colour choices that interest you most so that swatches of these can be mailed over.
    You can also order beautiful Style Catalogue of our most popular styles for men and 95 swatches personally hand selected by our Master Tailors - in solids and patterns, from light to mid weights, year round fabrics from our mid to upper range collections.
    You would be able to get a $10 discount when placing your next order with us using the swatches shipped to you.
    Please use this form to submit your swatch or catalogue requisition request.
    Please note that since fabrics from our Heritage Gold Collection and some others are not stocked in our inventory but are sourced from our suppliers in Europe as and when an order in these materials is received, we would regretfully be unable to honour swatch requests for materials in this collection. [Top]

  • What is the difference between a Suit Jacket, a Blazer and a Sports Jacket ? Sports jackets, blazers and suit jackets are pretty much the same thing except, suit jackets can have single, side or no vents while sports jackets typically should have a center vent and blazers typically have side vents.
    Another difference is that while suit jackets are matched with exactly the same colour as the pants, sports jackets can be any colour and usually with a pattern such as hounds tooth or herringbone or checks and if solids, they are usually very light or very dark colours..never ´in between´ colours. Sports jackets should never be in stripes or prince of Wales checks as these are suitings.
    Blazers are always solids and only in dark blue, navy, black, burgundy, dark green, red and white or ivory. Blazers must always have gold or silver buttons while sports jackets should have matching buttons as should suit jackets.
    The cut of the three are pretty much similar though sports jackets can never be double breasted.
    Blazers can be single or double breasteds and suits too can be single or double breasteds.
    Vents are the openings on the back of the jackets. Some call it slits. Classic traditional styles usually have one vent..center vent.. at the back of the jacket.
    Very traditional British or 50s and 60s style of jackets have two vents..side vents .. at the back of the jacket and more modern ´Italian cut´ slim styles have no vents at the back of the jacket in which case the hips tend to be a bit on the snug side as well. [Top]

  • What about Big and Tall sizes? We welcome Big and Tall sizes as well as odd sizes, wheelchair fits and hard to fit physiques. Please use the Big and Tall collections linked from the left menu above to view our Big and Tall collections. If ordering big and tall or wheelchair fits, we would prefer images of the front, back and side silhouettes to correctly proportion the custom piece. To send the images, please send them in JPEG format which ends in the extension .jpg and is of no larger than 50 kb in size.
    For Men - Height 5 ft 11 inch and above or Chest 46 and above is Big and Tall.
    For women – Height 5 ft 10 inch and above of size 12 and above is Large sizes.
    Should an order be placed in regular sizing categories and it is found that the sizing is actually big and tall or large sizes, the price differential will automatically be added to the order totals upon processing of the order. [Top]

  • I would like to order a Suit/Shirt in White/Cream/Blue/Yellow/Pink/Orange or in a colour not shown here . How do I do so ? What Fabric is best for such a garment? We are glad to confirm that it is possible to have a suit/shirt/Tuxedo or even a coat, custom made in white/Cream/Blue/Yellow/Pink/Orange or in any other colour currently not displayed at our website.
    We recommend for example, fabrics such as 119, 128, 120, 116, 1011 and other silks and linens as ideal for a custom garment in unusual colours.
    The fabric search function on the left menu can be used to type in the word " silk " or " linen " without the quote marks to do a quick search for all the materials with unusual colours for your custom garment. If the specific colour you are looking for, is not found at our site, please email us us with the colour requirement so that we can source it for your particular order from our suppliers.
    If a white/offwhite/cream/ivory/other colour suit or shirt is required in any of the fabrics, and this colour/colors is not be displayed in the colour palette when choosing the fabric, rest assured that it can be easily sourced from our suppliers.
    In the case of white/offwhite/cream/ivory colours for example, please proceed to the appropriate category or collection and select the item you would like to have made. Then select the style you like and on the subsequent page, please select the fabric you wish us to use. Then, for the sake of order placement, Select any colour from the palette if you dont see a white/offwhite/cream/ivory or your prefered colour available and click on the order button to add to your shopping cart. The next page will bring up the special request sections where in the appropriate field, the colour you would prefer, such as a white/offwhite/cream/ivory can be indicated.
    All the styles displayed in each of the collections can be made in white/offwhite/cream/ivory per your choice provided the selected fabric has it in stock in our inventory or with our suppliers. Should we find your preferred colour not available, Rest assured, we will be emailing you for advice or instructions.
    We will then use your instructions to ignore the selected colour and use the required colour for your custom made garment. [Top]

  • What is a Burn Test? How do I test a fabric? Burn Test - CAUTION. WARNING. BE CAREFUL! This should only be done by skilled burners! Make sure there is a bucket of water nearby and that you burn in a metal bucket or non-plastic sink.
    To identify fabric that is unknown, a simple burn test can be done to determine if the fabric is a natural fiber, man made fiber, or a blend of natural and man made fibers. The burn test is used by many fabric stores and designers and takes practice to determine the exact fiber content. However, an inexperienced person can still determine the difference between many fibers to "narrow" the choices down to natural or man made fibers. This elimination process will give information necessary to decide the care of the fabric.
    WARNING: All fibers will burn! Asbestos treated fibers are, for the most part fire proof. The burning test should be done with caution. Use a small piece of fabric only. Hold the fabric with tweezers, not your fingers. Burn over a metal dish with soda in the bottom or even water in the bottom of the dish. Some fabrics will ignite and melt. The result is burning drips which can adhere to fabric or skin and cause a serious burn.
    Cotton is a plant fiber. When ignited it burns with a steady flame and smells like burning leaves. The ash left is easily crumbled. Small samples of burning cotton can be blown out as you would a candle.
    Linen is also a plant fiber but different from cotton in that the individual plant fibers which make up the yarn are long where cotton fibers are short.
    Linen takes longer to ignite. The fabric closest to the ash is very brittle. Linen is easily extinguished by blowing on it as you would a candle.
    Silk is a protein fiber and usually burns readily, not necessarily with a steady flame, and smells like burning hair. The ash is easily crumbled. Silk samples are not as easily extinguished as cotton or linen.
    Wool is also a protein fiber but is harder to ignite than silk as the individual "hair" fibers are shorter than silk and the weave of the fabrics is generally looser than with silk. The flame is steady but more difficult to keep burning. The smell of burning wool is like burning hair.
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  • what is the designer brand Collections? The fabrics in our Designer Brand collections are sourced from Top Mills and Cloth Manufacturers worldwide. Cloth from mills such as Dormieul, Scabal, Zegna etc are included in this collection.
    The fabrics are some of the best in the world and have a super luxurious finish and hand.
    You can learn more about fabrics by visiting our Glossary pages or you can do quick searches using one or more criteria to help pick specific cloth you might be interested in, based on the weight, patterns, content and other requirments, using our Cloth Search function. [Top]

  • What is vicuna wool? One of the best, most luxurious wool for suits is the vicuna wool taken from the vicuna of the Andes mountains in South America.
    The vicuña is a member of the camel family. It is the smallest of the six species of camel, and is thought to be the wild ancestor of the alpaca. It lives on the high, grassland plateaus of the Andes mountains which range from southern Peru to northern Chile and into parts of Bolivia and Argentina. Only tough bunch grasses and festuca grows here. The sun´s ultraviolet rays burn through the thin atmosphere during the day. At night the heat of the day escapes into the atmosphere and the temperatures go down to freezing.
    Although they look fragile, the vicuña is specially adapted to its high-altitude habitat. It has an incredibly thick, soft coat that traps layers of warm air close to its body and protects it from freezing temperatures. The lower teeth of the vicuña grow constantly, like a rodent´s, so they can eat the tough grasses. The vicuña also walks on the soles of its feet so it can flex its toes and grab on to the rocks and gravel-covered slopes. Vicuña milk is very rich so the babies grow quickly.
    Vicuñas weigh between 75-140 pounds. They are about 4-6 feet long and stand 2-3 1/2 feet at the shoulders. They have very long necks, round heads, and large, forward facing eyes. Their ears are long and pointed and stand up on their heads. Their fur is a rust color, with white around the muzzle,the chest, belly, and the insides of the legs. The white hair on their chests is longer than their other hair.
    Vicuñas graze mostly on grasses. Their teeth are large and grow constantly like those of a rodent. They chew their cud when resting getting more nutrients out of the nutrient poor grass.
    Vicuñas are very shy animals and run away very quickly. They have two territories that they defend from other herds; a feeding territory or about 45 acres, and a smaller sleeping area on higher ground where they are more protected. The vicuña live in herds of 5-10 members, which includes one dominant male and several females and their young. They mate in March and April and their young are born 11 months later. The young stay with their mother and the herd for another 10 months, when they are driven off by the herd. Young males will form bachelor groups and the young females try to find another group to join. This ensures that the herd stays the same size, which is important with their limited food supply.
    The vicuña was almost hunted to extinction for its beautiful soft wool. The Incas used to round up the wild vicuñas and pen them in stone corrals, where they were sheared for their wool. In modern times they were almost wiped out for their meat and wool. By 1960 there were only 6,000 vicuñas left in the wild. Chile and Peru established protected national parks and put a halt to trade in vicuña wool. Now there are about 125,000 vicuñas, but they are still listed as threatened. The vicuña is classified as vulnerable by the IUCN, and as endangered by the USDI. [Top]

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