All our fabrics are from English and Italian weavers. One of the most important choices you will make whilst designing your suit will be your choice of fabric. Tailor at Drum proudly offers an ample range of seasonal fabrics from the finest British and Italian weavers.
From its conception in 1836, Holland & Sherry has continued to supply prestigious tailors and luxury brands with the finest cloth. They are constantly engaged in research for ever finer and more luxurious fibres and fabric qualities; sourcing the finest natural fibres, ranging from super 200’s with cashmere to pure worsted Vicuña. Their cloths are woven in the time honoured way by generations of craftsmen to assured quality and good taste. A bespoke tailored garment in luxury Holland & Sherry cloth is truly an investment and always a pleasure to wear.
Britain has traditionally been at the forefront of the textiles and tailoring market for more than 200 years. Holland & Sherry is proud of its British heritage and continues to source cloth from textile manufacturers in Yorkshire and Scotland.
For 170 years, The House of Dormeuil has developed timeless and iconic fabrics that have cemented the Company’s reputation across all five continents. Today, Dormeuil fits comfortably into the world of contemporary luxury, pioneering innovative cloths using the world’s finest and rarest natural fibres. Dormeuil’s collections include the exquisite Haute Couture range that continues to tempt leading fashion houses of our time while also offering limited edition cloths for the extraordinary. These exceptional fabrics are developed by Dormeuil’s own design team and manufactured in non-other than England, using traditional methods that are blended with the very best of modern technology.
Founded in 1863, Harrisons of Edinburgh have always traded in the finest cloths and have been the originators of all their designs.
Harrisons are a specialists in Pure Cashmere suitings, jacketings and coatings, and they provide the less formal suitings in Super 100's, 120's, 150's & 180's in Merino Wool. Harrisons are well known for their fine Scottish Tweed collections under the name Porter & Harding, a collection of bunches ranging from 12ozs up to 18ozs, which can cater for many occasions including outdoor pursuits.
All of the Harrisons Cashmere and suiting fabrics are woven within the United Kingdom, both in Scotland and in Huddersfield, England.
Based in West Yorkshire, Huddersfield Fine Worsteds is an internationally renowned fabric manufacturer supplying the world's biggest design houses and most prestigious tailors with superior and selectively-sourced fabrics. Combining innovation in their designs, and tradition in their outlook, HFW is the epitome of British elegance with global appeal.
The Ermenegildo Zegna wool mill has concentrated mainly on the production of high quality wool, cashmere and mohair fabrics. In other words, the best there could possibly be in the world in terms of noble fibres.
Fabric collections available in our office.
The Scabal credo is "We never cut costs when it comes to materials". Only the noblest materials provide the results and comfort worthy of the Scabal name. Constant improvement through research and design is another Scabal strength. There is a specialist involved in every stage of the production process. This ensure a consistently high level of quality, from the source to the shop, fully controlled by Scabal.
Since 1896, Dugdale Bros & Co has been making the finest cloth for the most eminent tailors. Recognising the importance of changing tastes for luxury and the need for lighter weight, high performing fabrics, new ranges are added each year resulting in an exclusive collection to satisfy the most discerning of customers. They carefully select the best raw materials and after weaving we naturally process the cloth with our soft Yorkshire water using the most modern machinery to give that perfect Dugdale signature finish. Dugdale Bros are now able to offer a wide range of 2,000 materials offering many options for both formal and more casual tailoring. The Dugdale Bros fabric archive was created over several generations and it has proven to be a collection as rich in styles as it is in heritage and is an invaluable inspiration for the future.
Tailor at Drum also hold a wide range of in-house fabrics for a high quality product at a lower price point. Most style choices are included in the price; however, there are a few options that increase the final price of your garment.
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About the fabrics
Our shirts are made using the finest cottons and linen, while for tailoring we use high quality wool, cashmere, mohair, silk and vicuña.
The fabrics differ according to the raw materials used and whether they are worsted or woollen.
Merino sheep produce a clean, white fleece ideal for dying to clear, fresh colours, while the long, fine fibres can be spun to the finest count, woven into the finest fabric and tailored into the finest suits.
The wool has characteristic crimp and elasticity, creating unparalleled style, drape, comfort and performance for the wearer. The handle and lustre is of exceptional softness and kindness to the touch, unlike any other fibre.
The refined, unique Merino fleece is shorn once a year and is analysed for micron, colour and brightness, comfort, fibre length and strength, amongst other measures of quality. The fineness of Merino wool is measured by its micron value: the lower the number, the finer and better the quality.
The Cashmere goat is to be found principally on the cold and dry highlands of Central Asia at 3,000 to 5,000 metres above sea level. From here the wool travels to India or across the Himalayan Mountains, to China, where it is distributed to mills throughout the western world.
The low bulk, high loft fibres combine to make the warmest, most comfortable garments money can buy. In softness, warmth and fineness of fibre Cashmere is comparable to Vicuña. Cashmere is appropriate for all climates as the high moisture absorbency rate allows the fibres to maintain their insulation properties in varying conditions of relative humidity. Cashmere clothes are luxurious with a soft and seductive handle, beautiful drape and timeless appeal.
Mohair is the hair from the Angora goat. It is distinctive from wool, in that it has a different fibre structure, which hangs in ringlets and is exceedingly fine, soft and silky.
To achieve the best quality of Mohair fibre, the fleece should be shorn from goats under eight years old, as the hair becomes too coarse after this. The first clipping from the Angora goat is called ‘Kid Mohair’ and because it is the first ever clip, the fibre tends to be the softest.
Mohair is the most durable of all animal fibres, with natural lustre and resistance to dirt and creasing. Angora goats thrive in habitats of high altitude, warm climate, abundant grazing pastures and fresh water.
As with wool, mohair can be spun on the woollen or worsted system. Worsted mohair suit fabrics have a clean, crisp handle with a bright, lively surface as the natural lustre of the fibre is used to full effect. They are light in weight, and yet the strength of the fibre guarantees a hard wearing, long lasting cloth.
The incredibly soft and luxurious handle of the vicuña fleece has made this shy and diminutive creature a most sought-after treasure since the time of the Incas. A vicuña’s fur is thick but soft and the fibre length is rarely more than 25mm making it more suitable for woollen spun fabrics.
Silk is a natural protein fibre spun by the silkworm as it makes its cocoon and is one of the strongest natural fibres. Silk has always held a special position as a quality fibre. Silk fibres have a triangular cross section with rounded corners, allowing light to reflect at many different angles giving a natural shine and lustre. Appropriate for all climates, the naturally good moisture absorbency of silk allows the fibres to maintain their insulation properties making silk cloth comfortable to wear even in warm climates.
Cotton is a soft, vegetable fibre that grows in a form known as a boll around the seeds of the cotton plant, a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including the Americas, India and Africa. Successful cultivation of cotton requires a long frost-free period, plenty of sunshine, and a moderate rainfall.
The fibre can be spun into yarn or thread producing a soft, breathable textile. Cotton has been spun, woven, and dyed since prehistoric times, originally clothing the people of ancient India, Egypt, and China.
Linen is highly absorbent and a good conductor of heat, keeping the body cool when worn in hot climates. It has a smooth, lustrous surface with a natural resistance to dirt and staining and is the strongest of the vegetable fibres, with two to three times the strength of cotton.
Linen fabrics have a high natural lustre, with the ability to absorb and lose water rapidly, gaining up to 20% moisture content without feeling damp. The natural look of linen cloth is an elegant choice for casual wear, warm weather, weekends and holidays.
Worsted or Woollen
Worsted fabric are generally cooler and lighter and have a more satin-like appearance. They are made from longer fibres, which produce finer yarns. Worsted yarns can also be high-twisted, which increases strength and crease recovery and gives the fabric a cooler, dried handle.
Woollen fabrics have a bulkier look, are warmer and are used mainly for winter wear. They are made with shorter fibre, which tend to “stick out” from the yarn, giving the fabric its characteristic fuzzy, full and warm appearance. Woollen fabrics are generally heavier than worsted ones. In the finishing stages, they can be filled and gauzed (brushed) to make the hair rise from the surface and accentuate volume and softness.