The Best of Both Worlds

April 28th, 2017

Every year, just as the weather starts to warm up, we get an influx of requests for lightweight, breathable fabrics.

As you may already know, we love pure linen. Of course, we work in a creative non-corporate environment, so it’s easy to embrace the wrinkling, creasing and casual non-chalance of linen day-to-day. In a more professional setting, a pure linen can look a little too tropical or a little disheveled – I get it.

As a solution to this problem we scoured the textile industry to find the perfect blend with the breathability and texture of linen with the performance and wrinkle resistance of wool. It took some digging, but we eventually found it – in Valle Mosso, an Italian village roughly fifty miles outside of Milan.

Ormezzano is a family-owned fabric mill who’s been innovating menswear textiles since 1924. This year they’ve produced a stunning 75% tropical wool, 25% linen cloth that was exactly what we were looking for. It has the perfect texture to be worn as separates and the handfeel is soft, cool, and crisp. As soon as we found it, I placed my personal order for the Forest version, although it’s also available in Navy, Cloudy Sky, Light Gray, HazelOak…and more (colors available upon request).

Here’s just a taste of how I will be wearing this beauty over the next six (or more) months.

Suit & Tie

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Top pairings for green fabrics: brown, orange, cream, pale blues.

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The subtle grainy texture is one part retro and one part modern – making it a timeless fabric.

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Casually Tailored

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This is pretty much my uniform for most of Spring – an unstructured suit in a textured fabric, a shirt with the collar open, and some sockless loafers.

The key is that all of my shirts can be paired with all my suits, and the loafers are interchangeable as well… I like to be able to get dressed in the dark (or with as little thought as possible) and have an outfit that I can rely on all day and all night, no matter what happens in a New York minute.

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A cotton/linen blend is the equivalent of wool/linen when it comes to shirting fabrics…more on that later.

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Trousers > Jeans

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One thing I almost never wear in the Spring/Summer is a pair of jeans. Denim is a very heavy fabric, best suited for cooler temperatures. There’s nothing worse than sweating through a stiff pair of jeans that’s stuck to your legs…

Take your favorite casual look and swap out the jeans for a tailored trouser in a lightweight fabric. You’ll be more comfortable and the look will be elevated to gentleman status… You’ll thank me later.

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Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford