Escorial wool, a cut-above alternative to cashmere, comes from a super-rare type of sheep originally kept by Spanish royalty. Soft and supple, with springy coiled fibers that naturally resist wrinkling, Escorial is remarkable for its longevity — in other words, it looks really great for a really long time. It’s currently produced by a single mill, and sourced from the only direct descendants of the original Escorial flock, which are now bred in small pockets of Australia and New Zealand. Talk about special.
Liberty Fabrics has been producing some of our favorite prints since 1875. Their signature Tana Lawn® quality is fine, cool, and especially soft. While it's woven from ultra-fine, long-staple Egyptian cotton, it almost behaves like silk, with a lightweight drape and beautiful color vibrancy. In their own words, it's “a fabric built by obsession, perfected into a modern masterpiece of production through a bespoke process that has evolved over a century.” Each print is hand-drawn or painted by their London-based design team, then applied to fabric at Liberty's own printing mill in Northern Italy.
We used this English high-twist wool for the very first suit we ever made. It’s fine and smooth and a little bit crunchy, with a slightly open (read: breathable) weave because the yarns are twisted more tightly than in a typical worsted. That also gives it excellent bounce-back. You have to work pretty hard to wrinkle it — and even when you do, a quick overnight hang will usually have it looking fresh again — so it’s especially good for travel. Between the resilience and the breathability, it’s a true 365-days-a-year fabric.
Cellulare – pronounced ‘chell-you-lah-ray’ – is one of our favorite warm-weather fabrics from Italy. Lightweight and airy, it’s a super special, open weave that can look like honeycomb, latticework, or a cellular network up close. Cellulare naturally leans more casual, but can also be dressed up on occasion. We recommend hang-drying to preserve the openness of the weave and prevent too much shrink.