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We return to Florence to take a look at some of the beautiful cloths in the archive of House Liverano. Antonio Liverano collects vintage and rare clothes like some people collect rare wines. His extensive collection has been built with care over many years, and it is now easily one of the finest collections of cloths in the world. It's also all available for bespoke commissions.
Liverano House Sportex

Antonio's most requested cloth is milled for him by Dormeuil, a French mill founded in 1842. Sportex was first introduced by Dormeuil in 1922 as a cloth suitable for sport. The unique natural stretch makes it extremely comfortable to wear, while also being durable and crease resistant. The open nature of the weave makes it breathable, a trait that originally attracted those involved in "Gentleman" sports, such as riding, shooting and golf. 

While Dormeuil still produces a modern Sportex, Liverano's version is a reproduction of a run from 1949 that more closely matches the weight and heft of the original cloth. This vintage reproduction is only available from Liverano.

The exclusive Sportex comes in four variations including deep navy, brown, grey and a puppytooth. The navy, made from a combination of black and lighter blue threads, particularly striking in its depth of color, and is a popular first recommendation of Antonio's.

A three-piece suit in its forward fitting stage made in Liverano house Sportex.
Tonik 2000

The Liverano exclusive Tonik is another example of a fabric mostly lost to the ages. This wool Tonik was specially milled in England, again by Dormeuil, for the occasion of Antonio's birthday. Antonio was a long-time admirer of the original Tonik for its beautiful drape and elegant look and worked directly with Dormeuil to design this special cloth.

Moxon Shadow Stripe

From Huddersfield, England, the Moxon exclusive is one of the older fabrics milled for Liverano. Using antique shuttle looms, this fabric is extremely slow to mill, but the technique gives it an extremely soft and rich feeling that is similar to Cashmere. Liverano felt this stripe was special and and represented everything unique about the Moxon mill itself. The mill has since closed its doors, so the world may never again see a fabric like this.

In total, the Liverano fabric archive contains more than 2,000 different fabrics, ranging from summer linens to heavy woolen tweeds. They estimate the collection amounts to about 5.5 kilometers of fabric.

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