The Fine-wale Vest
A Cut Above.
The English have a habit of reinvention. Recently, an Englishman reinvented the wheel. Literally. So, it is by no coincidence that our travels through Savile Row resulted in the discovery of another reinvention— English corduroy.
Worn by factory workers and farmers for its durability, corduroy construction, in operation, resisted tearing but did not allow for contour fits. Suits were out. Besides, there was this delicate issue of social status. That was before ultra-fine wale.
From a distance, they will all wonder if you’re wearing a luxurious velvet three-piece. 21-wale corduroy has that richness, that sheen, but can be cut and manipulated for a better fit. It’s also less encumbered than velvet. Lighter too.
A century ago: Englishmen wore corduroy to work the factory.
In this, you’ll appear to own it.
The Fine-Wale Vest (No. 5471). The astute buyer knows when he purchases a striking three-piece like this he’s added multiple outfits to his repertoire. This vest stands on its own with a button-down and tie or even our Father of all T-shirts. Five navy marble buttons at center front. Adjustable self-fabric belt at back waist. Vertical pocket watch buttonhole at front. Welt pockets at waist. Angled front weskit. Vest backing is blue and white pinstripe. Imported.