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To: Mad Dawg
So I can see an inquisitive and appreciative intellect having spent so much time in a place like Rome being pretty much on top of who makes the good stuff.

Agreed and Benedict XVI certainly has a refined aesthetic appreciation of music, art and literature, so it makes sense that it would extend to fabrics. It's just that as a priest his wardrobe is fairly limited and somewhat specialized, not to mention that clerical garb doesn't change much. Knowing the best tailors of ecclesiastical "threads" in Rome is not quite the same as knowing the latest trends or current "in" designers in fashion.

The better quality priests' clerical garb and liturgical vestments are usually made from wool, silk, linen or cotton. As you probably know, Italy also makes some of the finest textiles in the world, including an amazing spectrum of wool from the lightest summer weight wool to a thick cashmere used in jackets. That is pretty cool about the cloth you made being crafted into a jacket for your wife. Bravo!

43 posted on 02/19/2007 8:19:48 PM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: ELS
I would suggest one other reason. He is a small man and few manufacturers produce clothing scaled down for smaller people. (I am short so I know a LOT about this.) It's not just the matter of making the pants legs shorter. Doing that just makes one look like he is wearing culottes. The tailor must also make the pants narrower, as well as the sleeves. Otherwise the suit simply doesn't fit well.

My guess is a lot of his preference had to do with people who knew how to make clothing for someone of his size.

44 posted on 02/20/2007 4:08:53 AM PST by Miss Marple (Prayers for Jemian's son,: Lord, please keep him safe and bring him home .)
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