Scabal develops its special fabrics by selecting the rarest and most luxurious fibers, as for example gold, diamond fragments, Super 250’S or Vicuña. These very high quality-fabrics are brought out in limited editions, in between seasons.
Scabal has introduced Expression, a Super 200’s blended with Vicuna and Chinchilla 240g, now one of the finest suiting cloths in the Scabal collection. Fine looking, beautifully soft to the touch and with a natural drape that keeps well during use, Expression appeals through its elegance and the luxurious softness of rare fibres.
Traditional weaving techniques Ultra fine 13-micron Super 200’s Merino wool forms the basis of this new cloth. Using advanced spinning technology, Scabal has blended it with Vicuna and Chinchilla fibres, highly valued for their rarity and exceptional softness. “Not only is Expression one of the finest cloths available, it has also been developed to assist the tailor during the various stages of garment making” says Michael Day, Chief Designer at Scabal. “It offers tailors the support and drape required in the creation of a luxury garment; attributes often forgotten in other fine cloths today.”
“These precious, delicate fibres have been blended by the best weavers in our own Yorkshire mill in the heart of England’s textile industry. Their work is still based on the traditional techniques used by our ancestors.”
To complete the traditional processes, Scabal has applied a “London Shrunk” finish to blend the fibres followed by an original “Paper Press”, a highly-skilled pressing method applied as the final treatment, giving the cloth a rich lustrous finish.
Scabal selected Vicuna and Chinchilla as the finishing touches to Expression because of their exceptional rarity and softness. Revered by Inca royalty, Vicuna hair has always been sought for its delicate fleeciness - so much so, that the small and agile camel was almost hunted to extinction in its native Andes highlands. Now under protection, Vicuna numbers have made a dramatic recovery, especially in Peru.
Scabal’s imported Vicuna wool is supported by CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species) certification, guaranteeing that the wool is truly a licensed original product, a scarce attribute in today’s competitive market.
Chinchillas are small rodents which also live high up in the Andes region. They too have been hunted almost to extinction for their exceptionally fine and valuable hair.
Expression is available from June 2010 in 14 elegant soft-stripe and plain designs. In addition to classical dark shades of grey and blue, Scabal has widened worldwide appeal with lighter shades of blue and beige.