Our take:A softer, warmer fabric than your typical worsted wool, flannel traces its roots back to 16th-century Wales. For our signature Ludlow suit, we turned to Biella, Italy’s Vitale Barberis Canonico mill, which has been weaving fine woolen fabrics for 15 generations. We then tailored it into an updated version of the midcentury classic.
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Along the foothills of the Alps, in the Piedmont region of Italy, lies Vitale Barberis Canonico, a family-owned business that’s been handing down tradition for 15 generations. Here, they do things a little bit differently—a little more like the old way, when men dressed up for Saturday the same way they did for Monday. Here, they still pay attention to the details and know how a suit should fit—and why every man should wear one. Here, they’re making the fabric for our signature Ludlow suit, and here “cannot be reproduced anywhere else.”