In partnership with Vitale Barberis Canonico we developed three exclusive worsted cloths for The Armoury's 10th Anniversary.
To help celebrate our 10th anniversary we pulled out all the stops to make something particularly special. All three are classic worsteds, which VBC call the “Drapers Five Stars” quality. We were originally introduced to this cloth by Antonio Liverano as it’s one of his favorite to work with.
When we visited VBC’s headquarters in 2019, Francesco Barberis told us about how he developed Drapers Five Stars to remind him of his youth in the U.K. The cloth therefore has qualities that we would usually associate with English fabrics; crisp and with great body, thanks to its weight.
We had some ideas of how we could partner to give it a little twist for our line of house tailoring.
The cloth is dry and crisp to the touch but gives off a much warmer visual texture. This in part due to the micro herringbone which provided us with the opportunity to add a baseline of color to the pattern.
As the suit is a blend of beiges and dark brown it pairs well with patterned accessories such as a colorful tie.
This is the ‘Do Everything Suit’. You can wear it from the breakfast meeting to the boardroom or a wedding. Whilst that would be a busy day, this suit wouldn’t look out of place anywhere.
The foundation of the color palette is a very conservative charcoal, but as with it’s sibling above, what makes it interesting is the mixture of greys woven into it. We like it with a classic navy tie and a striped blue shirt.
Although this quality is more often associated with suiting, we thought it would make a great dressy sport coat. With caramel and auburn undertones this jacket reads brownish grey. Exceptionally understated, it can be paired with a light shirt and tie for a formal outfit, or a navy cashmere roll neck and khaki trousers for a more casual day out.