The Best Suit for Traveling: Wrinkle Free Hopsack

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 best suit for traveling

    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.

    the best suit for traveling

    To give you an idea of how light and unstructured this jacket is, Will took it off and rolled it up into a burrito:

    the best suit for traveling

    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.

    the best suit fabric for traveling wrinkle resistant

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    Thanks, as always, for reading. If you have any questions about our online custom menswear, feel free to contact us anytime. We look forward to serving as your personal tailor and stylist. 

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

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    • Dean

      I actually like what Dan and Co. are doing. I still check this all the time. Yeah, I miss a lot of Dan’s opinions on menswear in general. That said, I was about to ditch a brown tie, and now the way Will has this, I won’t. I have been on the hunt for a navy hopsack blazer myself. My flannel and worsted blazers are really not for summer. Here Dan shows how it can be done.

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    • Andrew

      I miss the features that were expressions of individual style, not AOS ads.

      • Dirk Gently

        Everybody does. :*(

      • Hans

        I think you can judge by the comments/lack thereof that many, many of us who have been around since the original Style Blogger days have lost interest in this evolution of the site. I get that Dan had to monetize the business at some point, and I respect his efforts and wish him well, but he has to realize that a site that is now nothing more than constant self-advertisement is going to turn off a large portion of followers and burn through much of the goodwill built over the years. I strongly believe the team knows this, but this is how the site has to be while they ramp up the business. Like many, I’d like to see more of the old type of features as well, but I believe those are likely gone forever. I hate to say it, but I rarely check this site anymore. Looking elsewhere for inspiration now, as the unrelenting “stay tailored” mantra has very little to do with my daily existence, or that of most people I know. I haven’t had to wear a suit or coat to work since 1999, and I work in finance. Best of luck all.

        • TO

          Hans, as a part of the core group of this site’s followers that you eluded to, I am sad to hear you feel that way man.

          In this article specifically, what I found most interesting was learning about a Canadian accessories brand Dan featured called Aklasu that, apparently, is making incredible ties/squares/scarves (just check out their site!! It’s aklasu. co).

          Out of full disclosure, I’m Canadian. The brand has free shipping to US/Canada, the latter of which never happens ! (so I’m admittedly a little extra pumped about continuing to check their offerings :)

        • TimL

          This..” Looking elsewhere for inspiration now, as the unrelenting “stay tailored” mantra has very little to do with my daily existence, or that of most people I know” … is very true.

          I can see these looks anywhere on the web but I came here for inspirations and not sales info.