Oftentimes you know a good fabric when you see—or more likely feel—it, but there’s more to it than that, right? Right. Rather than trust our own judgments on yarns, wefts, twists and dyes, we prefer to trust the experts. To find the true best of the best, Saks Fifth Avenue partnered with the Woolmark Company (a non-profit consortium of wool growers and advocates) to create the Fabric No. 1 award, a prestigious prize that honors the world’s premier textile mills and fabrics for tailored suits and sport coats.
This week in our New York store, Saks Senior Vice President of Menswear, Tom Ott, and the Woolmark Company’s Michelle Lee presented the 2013 Fabric No. 1 awards to Britain’s Dormeuil and Italy’s Fratelli Tallia di Delfino. It was a rigorous competition: “Twenty international brands submitted entries this year,” says Made-to-Measure Director Manyell Akinfe-Reed. “The judges look for the feel, aesthetic, salability, color, fabric content and mill reputation. These winners represent the world’s finest mills in menswear.”
According to Saks Vice President and Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings, it’s these types of outstanding fabrics that make the man. “When it comes to quality tailored clothing for men, fabric is a vital part of the equation. The best ones are crafted by fine mills like Dormeuil and Fratelli Tallia di Delfino.” Lucky, then, that both winners will now find a home in Saks’ renowned Made-to-Measure department. Each Fabric No. 1 piece will be identifiable by a custom number and label, marking it as a one-of-a-kind suit or sport coat. And that’s the kind of quality even a novice can appreciate.