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What is ‘half hand canvassing’?

Some people are very interested in the precise method of manufacture used. And it’s a good thing to be interested in how such a valuable garment is constructed so that you can best enjoy it now and into the future. Cheaper suits tend to come “fused” – so that the interlining is ‘glued’. This tends to produce rippling across the chest and can lead to a suit having a much shorter useful lifespan.

We use the modern way of making suits, referred to as “half hand canvassing”. This is where the chest area is canvassed – thus creating a floating piece – while the bottom area is fused. We use very soft Italian canvas and French interlining for the fusion.

Some would say that means that we have a ‘floating canvas’ but the correct description is “half hand canvassing”.

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