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FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY: Menswear Suiting Quilts Show A Full Range


 

Ever wonder how there could be so many different shades of gray in that staple of menswear - charcoal wool? Woolens manufacturers, endlessly inventive, produced different weaves and subtly tweaked color so that during the late 19th through the mid 20th centuries clothing haberdashers, tailors and ultimately consumers would covet the latest look. This spurred selling in a field (men’s fashions) in which very little else changed for decades. 

FISHER HERITAGE’s Laura Fisher has honed her eye for menswear in quilts since curating a museum exhibition of haberdashery textiles titled MASTER PIECES. Suiting quilts had been made all over the world. The basic materials were readily accessible - from worn clothing, or made available to women workers in textile factories who took home workroom off-cuts, or given to tailors’ workers and clients who used the samples from last year’s outdated swatch books. 

Waste not want not is a motto tailor-made for imaginative quilters who turned the wool salvage into warm quilts. The most creative of them embellished their output with colorful embroidery, or turned scraps such as trimmings from pants cuffs and shortened sleeves into dynamic geometric patterned quilts. 

One would think suiting quilts might appear monochromatic, but thanks to the various wools they displayed artistic color shifts with results that appear contemporary and sophisticated - a visual departure from traditional quilts. We  consider them so ‘suitable' in modern home or office interiors. In our collection are:

 

SUITING ‘EYE DAZZLER pieced of pants cuffs and off-cuts 

SUITING ‘DOUBLE DIAMONDS’ generously sized, multiple grays 

SUITING SWATCHES EMBROIDERED HAP with multi-color flowers 

SUITING SWATCHES PLUSHWORK EMBROIDERED CIRCLES AND STARS 

SUITING SWATCHES CONCENTRIC FRAMES 

SUITING SWATCHES DIAL FAMILY SIGNATURES TITHING QUILT 

ALPHABET pieced of suiting and work uniforms

and more; contact us for photos of others. Stay warm this winter with style!