The Hopsack “Traveler’s Wool” Suit
March 25th, 2016
I’m always on the hunt for the best menswear fabrics to add to the AOS collection. The process involves a lot of searching and a lot sampling – something that is so often overlooked in the bespoke menswear business. How do you know how a fabric is going to look, feel and perform as a garment if nobody’s ever made it and taken it for a test drive? That’s why we always sample our fabrics and put the finished garments to the test – some don’t make the cut, and some turn out even better than we expected.
If you’ve been a follower since the TSB days, you know that I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect navy hopsack fabric for quite some time. I made my first navy hopsack suit in 2010 – which ended up getting stolen out of my apartment in Harlem. I almost immediately replaced it in early 2011 (one of the perks of working at a bespoke tailor shop). Then in 2012 I sampled a few more hopsack fabrics and eventually released the “perfect blue blazer” as part of a ready-to-wear collaboration with MAB – shout out to the guys out there who are still rocking this jacket!
Well, it’s been a few years, and I finally came across another perfect navy hopsack. This particular cloth is nicknamed “Traveler’s Wool” because the open weave not only breathes extraordinarily well (making it comfortable on airplanes and through changing climates) but it also has a natural ability to release wrinkles and drape with ease – even after a long trip or a long day.
With that said, here Will demonstrates some of the unique properties of the latest fabric added to the AOS Tailor Shop; our navy hopsack “traveler’s suit”.
The texture of the navy hopsack (in combination with the light chest canvas, unpadded natural shoulders and patch pockets) make this suit jacket double as a fantastic blue blazer.
As you probably already know, we love suits that can also be worn as seperates. Along with choosing fabrics that can be mixed-and-matched, this is the best way to build a smart wardrobe and get the most out of your investments.
To give you an idea of how light and unstructured this jacket is, Will took it off and rolled it up into a burrito:
And to give you an idea of how well this cloth releases wrinkles and drapes, here’s what it looks like after un-rolling it, shaking it out, and putting it back on.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.
*All items in this Article are proudly made in the USA and Canada.