By Andrew Yamato
Alan’s expertise in helping clients select just the right cloth for their garments has always been one of the fundamental appeals of the Custom Shop. When conceiving each garment he draws upon an encyclopedic knowledge of pattern and weave and decades of clothing design and consulting experience, all of which has informed his unique taste and perspective. What many people don’t realize is that Alan has also applied this expertise to the very design of the cloth we like to offer as “the best of the best.” These are the Alan Flusser Exclusive fabrics, woven expressly for us from Alan’s own designs.
It would have been a real education to be in the same room with Alan and the great Luciano Barbera at the renowned textile mill Carlo Barbera in Biella, Italy as they sat together devising cloths for our collection, sparing no expense in pursuit of the distinctive perfection both men are known for. Sadly, the partnership ended in 2010 with the sale of the mill, but we still have a small archive of these timeless cloths in a range of styles.
One of the few limitations of our made-to-measure program is that we cannot offer it in certain more expensive cloths. As our remaining Flusser Exclusive stock has long since been paid for, however, we’re pleased to offer them this Fall as MTM options. We hope it’s a way to connect the youngest and fastest-growing segment of our clientele with our most rarefied old-world heritage. For those who prefer full custom, we’re offering a reduced price on these final lengths.
Below are brief descriptions of the Flusser Exclusive suiting cloths we have available. Next week we’ll present the jacketings. If you’re interested in any of these cloths, we advise making an appointment soon. Some of these are down to the last few yards, and when they’re gone there will be no more.