Number 5 – Hampton 104 Red
The very presence of 2 of the Hampton range of casual check fabric in the top 5 illustrates the popularity of large checks
at the moment. Historically, such checks would be confined strictly to casual wear, making the odd appearance
on “Dress down Friday”. Recently, large “casual” checks have been creeping into the work place and have been
accepted as regular office attire for the other days of the week aswell!
Number 4 – Hampton 101 Blue
Another large check, its higher ranking purely down to the fact that it’s blue. Blue is the default colour of most men
as it’s perceived as the most easily wearable. Indeed the majority of our sales are in every shade of blue you can
think of. It’s appearance here is, as mentioned above, down to more casual checks being worn at work. Wearing
a blue check to work is a good way of dipping ones toe in the deep waters of this trend before you plunge right in!
The fact that a plain fabric in white is in the top 5 is no surprise, however, that fact that it is our standard 2 fold 100’s white and
not a finer fabric, is. Grange has been in the collection for almost 40 years and since its inception has not changed it’s
recipe. It is the fabric equivalent of a “Jack of all trades”. It has the characteristic poplin handle that is both fine enough
to feel soft yet has a welcome opaque density. It is a good weight and has a pure optic white finish. Many have adopted
Grange as their standard white quality as it performs well in all areas and is available at an affordable price also.
Number 2 – Tartan Black Watch
Tartan fabric is one of those generic fabric terms that everyone has heard of. It is the classic smart/casual crossover
fabric. It has always been popular but recently it has enjoyed the limelight of being well and truly in vogue.
Many catwalk collections have featured tartan in their shows, more specifically, Black watch and in many
different guises from trimmings to complete three piece suits.
Marcella is the heaviest fabric that we offer. It is fabric with an immense history and was originally designed
to be used purely for the bib front of a formal shirt but today it is probably one of the most versatile fabrics
we supply. The method of production of this fabric is such that the resultant textile has a very distinctive
“stiffness” not to mention its “golfball” appearance. It is it’s density that has enabled it to be used in
making Jeans, hunting stocks, waiscoats, bath robes, bow ties, hats, cap bags, lamp shades, jackets,
coats – not to mention shirts. It enjoys a regular appearance, in one form or another, on the cat walk both
during high profile designer shows and during events showcasing the current crop of the UK’s design students.