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    polyester <> acrylic. i have yet to see acrylic that feels good.
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    I can't remember seeing the acrylic mix version, but I have to say, I think that Geoffrey's strength is usually in his natural fibres; linen and cottons in the summer and cashmere and silks in the winter.

    As a big fan of Rei K (I've been buying Comme for Pollyanna for almost 20 years), I can honestly say that I've loved, and bought for myself, many manmade fibre clothes, but nothing compares to natural. You may be able to get interesting effects with creasing and stretching and all manner of other interesting techniques with the manmade stuff but you know, when I felt the over dyed, GBS, cashmere and silk mix garments for this winter I just wanted them, then and there. Clothing is tactile and this is where the new generation are taking Rei to school .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo View Post
    Clothing is tactile and this is where the new generation are taking Rei to school .
    Indeed.
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    and she's taking the money to the bank by using cheap (pricewise) fabrics...............
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    ^Not true.

    She is a very honest designer and uses the fabric's which she feels are best for her design. The problem for a new generation of fashionistas, is that this is no longer a new idea. It's been done... a lot... by Rei and Issey and others. But don't forget that Rei and Issey started this. Before them, top designer labels would only use the best of natural fibres, and don’t forget that the fabric’s themselves may not be expensive but the treatments are.
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    Finally, a couple of GBS shots from when I was away in Ireland, on Holiday...

    The jacket and waistcoat are by Geoffrey


    Sorry about the quality, this one's taken in the lift of the hotel at about 5am, on our way to the airport.


    As you can see, the quality of this man’s work extends to every part of the garment. I just wish that I had thought to photograph the buttons and button holes.





    This jacket and waistcoat are made out of some of the most amazing linen that I've ever seen. The weave is so loose that you can see straight through it, even the parts which are double layered!

    Ps. the little guy is my son
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    so, this is what I was waiting for before starting the thread: http://scoute.org/creators/geoffreybsmall

    few pics:


    special 5-button pure Varese linen, fully-lined jackets,
    made by hand for the legendary Okura store in
    Daikanyama, Tokyo, whose frequent visitors include the
    likes of Rei Kawakubo, writer Take Hirakawa and Paul
    Smith. Hanged to dry in the Cavarzere sun as part of
    their special dyeing process. The sun in Cavarzere
    during the summer is very strong and has special
    properties that affect and age textile fibers in a unique
    way, this is utilized by Small depending upon the
    desired effects he wishes to achieve with colour and
    finish for each particular piece.



    Double breasted jacket made from baby soft, hand dyed
    Piacenza cashmere and silk, borrows from late 19th century
    elements and features a tight body and high-stance
    14-button story with every button different, each made by
    hand and strategically positioned. Handsewn buttonholes
    in pure silk Bozzolo thread run all the way up the lapel,
    working buttonhole sleeve cuffs can be worn up like a shirt.
    Inside, an intricate patchwork lining story of Bemberg
    viscose, silk and cottons from Como. Each jacket requires
    about 4 days of expert work to construct. Only 3 pieces
    are being made this season exclusively for Pollyanna,
    Barnsley UK.



    A silk, wool and viscose cloth woven in Vercelli Italy by
    Lanificio Quarona, normally used for formal wear, was
    transformed by Small using an original classic 19th century
    pattern waistcoat form with luxury Bemberg patchwork
    linings from Como. The piece also features vintage horn
    buttons from Parma, a special 14th century reproduction
    metal buckle cast in Siena by an expert medieval metal
    craftsman, hand stitched buttonholes all in luxurious
    pure silk Bozzolo Reale Milano thread. Only 9 pieces were
    made for the entire world. (photo: Stephan Olivier in
    Paris by Pierre Gayte)
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    AAAAHHHHHHHHH...

    I can't believe it! That's the jacket which I'm wearing in the post above!

    You can see what I mean about being able to see through it in your shot Mike.
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    Geoffrey B. Small = Eugene Hutz?!

    Hobo, you are looking dandy in that picture. And love the little guy. Didn't know you had a kid.
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    He's the littlest hobo...

    and my best mate!
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    Would it be possible to get the thread title edited to "Geoffrey"?

    EDIT: Hobo, I just meant could we correct the spelling of the first name?

    EDIT2: Thanks much!
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    Maybe "Geoffrey B. Small" would be better, instead of "Geoffery B. Small - Made in Cavarzere"? I think that if we just call it "Geoffrey", people won't know what it is.

    What do you think Faust?
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    some video of Geoffrey.

    Seems like a really cool guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo View Post


    This jacket and waistcoat are made out of some of the most amazing linen that I've ever seen. The weave is so loose that you can see straight through it, even the parts which are double layered!

    Ps. the little guy is my son
    just wanted to say this picture made me smile.
    thanks for the shots of the interior of the jacket too, I'm really liking what I see here.
    let us raise a toast to ancient cotton, rotten voile, gloomy silk, slick carf, decayed goat, inflamed ram, sooty nelton, stifling silk, lazy sheep, bone-dry broad & skinny baffalo.

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    the outerwear posted looks great, and i love that waistcoat, hobo!

    he seems like a very interesting designer. i definitely like its researched aspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike lowrey View Post
    so, this is what I was waiting for before starting the thread: http://scoute.org/creators/geoffreybsmall

    few pics:


    special 5-button pure Varese linen, fully-lined jackets,
    made by hand for the legendary Okura store in
    Daikanyama, Tokyo, whose frequent visitors include the
    likes of Rei Kawakubo, writer Take Hirakawa and Paul
    Smith. Hanged to dry in the Cavarzere sun as part of
    their special dyeing process. The sun in Cavarzere
    during the summer is very strong and has special
    properties that affect and age textile fibers in a unique
    way, this is utilized by Small depending upon the
    desired effects he wishes to achieve with colour and
    finish for each particular piece.



    Double breasted jacket made from baby soft, hand dyed
    Piacenza cashmere and silk, borrows from late 19th century
    elements and features a tight body and high-stance
    14-button story with every button different, each made by
    hand and strategically positioned. Handsewn buttonholes
    in pure silk Bozzolo thread run all the way up the lapel,
    working buttonhole sleeve cuffs can be worn up like a shirt.
    Inside, an intricate patchwork lining story of Bemberg
    viscose, silk and cottons from Como. Each jacket requires
    about 4 days of expert work to construct. Only 3 pieces
    are being made this season exclusively for Pollyanna,
    Barnsley UK.



    A silk, wool and viscose cloth woven in Vercelli Italy by
    Lanificio Quarona, normally used for formal wear, was
    transformed by Small using an original classic 19th century
    pattern waistcoat form with luxury Bemberg patchwork
    linings from Como. The piece also features vintage horn
    buttons from Parma, a special 14th century reproduction
    metal buckle cast in Siena by an expert medieval metal
    craftsman, hand stitched buttonholes all in luxurious
    pure silk Bozzolo Reale Milano thread. Only 9 pieces were
    made for the entire world. (photo: Stephan Olivier in
    Paris by Pierre Gayte)
    I just had time to read your full post. Fantastic, thanks Mike.
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    ss 08 , small pics though

    idk what happened to the images above but here is the link to aw 08 & ss09
    Last edited by One; 08-30-2009 at 11:57 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One View Post
    ss 08 , small pics though
    Ugh, I'd love to see some nice hi-res of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avyer View Post
    Ugh, I'd love to see some nice hi-res of those.
    I'll ask Geoffrey if he can post something.
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