A second article on Lanificio F.lli Cerruti? Déjà vu? Well we make no apologies. We’re very proud of our ongoing relationship with one of the best fabric mills in Italy. For over a decade now, when we are developing our most refined products, Cerruti is our first port of call.
I’ll not repeat the accolades and history of the company, but do want to tell you a bit about the fabrics and why you will see Super 110, 120 or 130 near a suit’s description.
What we call the “super number” is historically “The English worsted yarn count system” also known as “the Bradford system” after the town in Yorkshire where it was first developed. And you thought the offside rule was challenging to explain? Read on.
If you want to know what the number actually means, we can tell you – it is the number of hanks (560 yards) of yarn, that one pound of wool yields. So in the case of Super 130s one pound of wool will yield 130 hanks of yarn. All you really need to know is that the higher the Super number, the more yarn from a pound of wool, the finer the wool. Fine wool makes soft, luxurious, breathable fabrics. And Super 130s is the finest wool we use.