To my knowledge there are some fabrics that are widely regarded as solely seasonal. Or at least, solely for a certain temperature range. Flannels and tweeds for the cold of winter. And linens and frescos for the warmth or summer; or if you are in a tropical climate then year round. But what if that was not so much the case. What if fresco was also a viable option for the winter?
I was at Martin Greenfield yesterday to visit a fellow Philadelphian, Joe Genuardi, who is one of Greenfield’s tailors. Joe was wearing a half lined gray fresco suit. It was in the low 40’s, so it was quite cold by anyone’s measure. I don’t break out my fresco for anything less than 60. I was confused and curious. The open weave of the fresco is what makes it ideal for summer and not so ideal for keeping warmth in for the winter.
Joe explained to me that his body usually runs warm (as does mine). He also was wearing a light sweater, so that added a layer for warmth. Visually, a fresco has a more matte appearance than most worsteds and gabardines (the fresco pictured above is a mohair/wool blend so there is a little shine), but not to the degree of a flannel. The texture is also quite nice; smooth, but not as smooth as a worsted or gabardine. It compliments flannels, wool knits and cashmere quite well. After taking all of these factors into account my mind was changed. Fresco for the winter.