The Problem

There are a number of reasons travel suits are worn. Some decide to opt for a particular suit when travelling for reasons of comfort. For example, if you are going to be jet setting between different continents, you might be arriving in a climate that is different from that which you left. Dressing to be cool and comfortable on arrival is an important consideration. Arriving at Dubai International or Houston Bush Airport in several dense layers of cosy fabric is going to leave you considerably over heated and uncomfortable- not exactly ready for business. In this case the suit is a ‘travel’ suit in as much as its worn during travel, rather than being packed for travel.

More frequent causes for a specific suit for travelling are those of tidiness and presentation. There’s little value in picking out a suit if it doesn’t flatter you upon your arrival. Unfortunately however, as many will testify, travel leads to creasing of suits. Whether these wrinkles and creases are inflicted by wearing the suit through aeroplanes, taxis and trains on your journey, or whether they’re caused by the folding and packing process to carry a suit in your luggage, the effect is the same.

Whilst certain folding and packing techniques and gadgets can lessen the problem, unless the fabric and the suit itself are designed to resist wrinkling, the suit will always show some sign of the contortion of the suit material from packing.

The Science

It has often been observed that some fabrics crease more easily than others, and that some are quicker at recovering from creasing and folding. More modern understanding of the science of different fabrics has informed a new understanding of what makes a great crease resistant travel suit.

Whilst there’s a number of fabrics that are recognised as responding well to the kind of creasing and folding that is a natural result of travel, a few stand out. Cashmere has long been noted for this quality, and more recently alpaca wool is often recommended for this purpose. These both remain quite expensive options for suit fabrics however. Another outstanding candidate is wool. Our travel suits are made using a high twist two fold worsted Merino wool. This has a very high density of weave, and the more tightly woven the fabric, the better it can resist creasing.

To put our scientific hats on for a moment and look closely at what’s going on at a molecular level, creasing is generally caused by an increase in heat or moisture affecting what’s known as the ‘glass temperature’ of the fibres which make up the chosen fabric. This in turn results in the hydrogen bonds of the molecules of these fibres disconnecting. They are then free to reconnect to other molecules which causes the creasing and new bonds follow the contortion of the crease or fold. This is the process by which creases and wrinkles are formed. Not a great deal of heat or moisture is required for this process to begin, as you’ll note from your creased clothes packed in your suitcase. In this case, both the time in a contorted shape and the pressure applied to the fabric if it is tightly packed into a case are factors in playing the part.

Whilst wool’s fibres will respond in this way, because of the organic elasticity of wool due to its natural crimp, it responds and recovers to creasing and folding more favourably. Studies have shown that wool strands can be bent over 20,000 times without breaking. This means it holds its original shape and form better, returning more easily to its original state after its been creased. Wool in a very close weave like our worsted wool in particular benefits from this quality.

Our Travel Suits

With our ideal fabrics, you can have your own bespoke travel suit to resolve all your creasing issues. Our worsted wool has a high density strands and is more tightly woven than many woollen fabrics. It responds effectively to folding by holding its shape and finish, leaving a crease free appearance after travel. This is constructed from wool from Merino sheep, a speciality of one of our suppliers Holland & Sherry.

These sheep are known for their warm, soft wool. A particularly versatile fabric, Merino wool is naturally available in a suit with your choice of stylistic preferences- speak to your tailor during your appointment for advice. It’s absorbent qualities mean that it is comfortable in both warm and cool climates, making it ideal fabric for a suit which will serve you across a different climates.

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