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LET'S TALK ABOUT CLOTH

Posted by Gary Newbold on 30th Nov 2017

LET'S TALK ABOUT CLOTH
Nobody talks about cloth anymore. Everything is about branding, imagery, price architecture, customer profiling ..blah (suppose I'd better include design and style in there as that's my profession).When you buy an item of clothing is your first thought about how the fabric is constructed or woven? Probably not. Style, Fit, Colour, yes and of course the name of the brand that you are interested in. I recently thought about which articles of clothing in my wardrobe have been my favorites for a lon
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THE RISE OF THE QUILT JACKET

Posted by Gary Newbold on 30th Nov 2017

THE RISE OF THE QUILT JACKET
Walk down any High Street in the Western world it and can sometimes feel that the mighty god of Quilts has rained down jackets for everyone to wear. Either that or they are actually breeding. One might say an International epidemic?They are worn by The great and the good, the wealthy and the poor. They are worn by rappers on MTV and yet still they find a home in the heart of the traditional English countryside. As much as I might like to believe 'quilt mythology', there are surely more pragmat
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WHY ARE WE CALLED ENGLISH UTOPIA?

Posted by Gary Newbold on 30th Nov 2017

WHY ARE WE CALLED ENGLISH UTOPIA?
I'm sitting in a Pub in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, waiting for another train. It's Friday afternoon, I have a Pint in hand and enjoying the banter with some retired coal miners, a jovial lightheartedness that says we're all looking forward to the weekend. As I sit at my small copper topped table with open laptop (this is one of the few remaining places where you feel like a dork for using one), I'm torn between wanting to really engage like a local yet realising I should show some reserv
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WWW - THE WEIRD WORLD OF WAXED COTTON

Posted by Gary Newbold on 30th Nov 2017

WWW - THE WEIRD WORLD OF WAXED COTTON
The dark arts of waxed cotton begins with the transformation of a cotton fabric when the wax is applied. When you send your jacket for a rewax it's an entirely different process to how the fabric is waxed in the first instance. Your jacket is literally 'sponged' from a tub of hot wax. However, when the fabric is originally 'finished' at the mill, what looks like a cattle trough (well the ones I've seen) drips wax onto the fabric as it passes under the trough from roller to roller. Now I'm a fa
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