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The right fabrics for Houston

Bill Walker Clothier takes a global approach to solving local climate challenges: focusing on conditions awash with humidity heat and quick pop up thunderstorms are always a constant. Finding great fabrics for men's suits, sport coats, and pants, in Houston's demanding environment, continues to be our mission each season for the perfect mix of comfort, performance and weight.

Cotton, linen and silk blends are the first line of defense in spring and summer, so they are some of the initial textures we try to acquire directly from our workrooms. Even wool when the right weight is blended with other materials can be superior in Houston's changing environment. It should not be surprising that the craftsmanship and skill to make these superior fabrics originate from many counties, one origin that is noted amoungest the best, is from England.

In the spotlight today is Scabal, Huddersfield England
Scabal’s heritage English mill located in Huddersfield, the home of traditional English cloth making, has existed since the 16th century. A large majority of their collections are still woven here. As with many Yorkshire mills, the area’s soft water gives the cloths a recognizable fine finish. Scabal weaves 80 years of passion directly into the collections. They believe customers can recognize the efforts of such devotion. Their teams of dedicated designers and master weavers work tirelessly to ensure that Scabal stays at the cutting edge of innovation, while staying true to their heritage.

Their reach into America
Scabal’s reputation was such that producers began to directly commission our cloths to dress some of the most iconic characters in Hollywood and Broadway. Vito Corleone’s famous tuxedo, as worn by Marlon Brando in The Godfather, and almost every one of Robert DeNiro’s iconic 70 suits in Casino, were made with the assistance of Scabal.

Brilliant Bunches and Superfine Wools
Scabal always seeks to innovate. This is why the company was the first to create the bunch book and pioneered the fine fabrics that broke the Super 100’s, 120’s, 150’s and 180’s barriers. In its use of superfine wool from heritage family farms, Scabal is leading fabric innovation by combining traditional techniques and materials with modern technology for future generations to enjoy.

Every day, of every season we find and procure these valuable bolts of cloth for creating the best men's clothing for Houston and Texas. We promise.
- Bill Walker Team