The Kipper Clothiers Cloth Series: Cotton Suiting

Because you loved our Wool Suiting post so much, we have decided to delve even deeper into the Cloth Series. 

For the spring and summer, Kipper Clothiers suggests you gather some knowledge about cotton suiting, and why they are your best choice to keep cool on sunny days while still looking refined and in control. Although suits are typically made of wool, if you live in California (like us), love to visit those radiant summer islands, or are wine tasting under the sun, cotton suits will keep you cool. They will also share your favorite colors and will keep your suits effortlessly stylish.

Cottons are usually soft and very light, so cotton suits will usually drape more casually over the shoulders. Depending on the type of cotton, suits may crease more or less to emphasize professionalism or casualness. Despite the fact that cotton suits are lightweight, quality cotton is both durable and very reasonably priced. Not only can you get a quality, breezy feeling cotton suit with all your favorite suiting characteristics and colors, but you definitely won’t break the bank by choosing a cotton suit. The best part is that they can go from incredibly casual to suavely luxurious, and no matter how you play it, all your cotton suits will do exactly what they are meant to do—keep you cool in every which way.

Here’s a cheat sheet of our favorite and most common cottons:

                                                      Scabal

                                                      Scabal

Kapok Cotton - Kapok cotton, also commonly known as Ceiba or silk cotton, is one of the softest, lightest, and most common, yet luxurious, of cottons in suiting. Kapok is very soft to the touch and wrinkle resistant, but its best quality is its thermo-regulating properties. This cotton will cool you down when you’re heating up, and keep you warm when it’s chilly outside. 

                                                          Scabal

                                                          Scabal

Cashmere Cotton - Suits made of cashmere cotton, typically 6% cashmere and 94% cotton, are classy yet subtle. This blend allows a luxurious, comfortable, durable, and lightweight material. Because our cashmere cottons are made of a satin weave construction, they have a lustrous surface that compliments a wide variety of colors. Even the most fashion conscious individual can rest easy knowing that their cashmere cotton suit is a balance of both the softest and most elegant materials, with their best quality being their versatility in both color and construction.

                                                           J. Crew

                                                           J. Crew

Velvet- Go ahead, go crazy -- or just treat yourself because you know you deserve it. Velvet will dress you in the richest type of cotton, and make you want to celebrate life the way it’s meant to be celebrated: in sheer luxury and elegance. Velvet weaves two materials of different thicknesses, simultaneously. The material is then cut up, creating a pile effect and the two fabrics are wound on separate take up rolls. The whole process of making velvets are laborious, which will explain why it’s typically a little pricier. Historically, velvets are often associated with nobility. Thus, velvets are the greatest balance of cotton’s most revered characteristic: lightweight luxury. 

Like the images above? Be sure to join us for our next Scabal Trunk Show to see these fabrics in person!

Hoisum Nguyen

Berkeley, CA