Massimo leads me upstairs to Dormeuil’s showroom, where we stand over a square, flat cider box embossed with platinum shined letters that reads ” Dormeuil Vanquish II. He then lifts the cover off the box like a waiter raising a metallic dome displaying the finest medium rare prime steak money can buy. Inside is a swatch sample of their top-of-the-line cloth which is a blend of sixty percent Pashmina ( Dormeuil’s trademarked name for a very fine cashmere from Pashmina goats found in India’s Ladakh region), thirty percent vicuna and ten percent musk ox or better known as qiviut. This cloth sells for $5,000 a yard! Mind you that a suit requires three in a half yards which alone is starting with over $15,000 in fabric cost! The cost is in reflection of the difficulty harvesting the cloth.
Each musk ox loses around six pounds of hair when molting during the spring. Nomads collect the majority of the yarn by trailing the musk ox herds and picking up the fallen hair one pennant at a time usually inside throw bushes or any branches and rocks where the hair has been snagged and released. Collecting it by hand takes about a year for a full production. Usually only ten to fifteen percent of the collections are used due to the shortness of the fibers which makes it extremely difficult to weave.
Vanquish II by Dormeuil
The Vanquish II cloth isn’t a top seller for the fabric mill. However, it has served royals and over the top luxury consumers for years and still continues to be a cloth of choice for many “one percenters” .
“In 2009, a entrepreneur Alexander Amousu, who had made a fortune selling hip-hop ringtones and diamond-bedazzled cell phones, partnered with Dormeuil to create a Vanquish II suit. Stitched by hand with gold and diamond buttons, it was sold to a British businessman for more than $100,000. Brioni also used Vanquish II to make suits, which, without the precious gems were a mere $43,000.” – Meg Lukens Noonan
The cloth gathered attention to the Russian, Indian and Chinese tycoons who covet the expensive and exotic cloth.
” Today, Dormeuil fits comfortably into the world of contemporary luxury, pioneering innovative cloths using the world’s finest and rarest natural fibers. Dormeuil’s collections include the exquisite Haute Couture range that continues to tempt leading fashion houses of our time while also offering limited edition cloths for the extraordinary. ” – Dormeuil
These exceptional fabrics are developed by Dormeuil’s own design team and manufactured in non-other than England, using traditional methods that are blended with the very best of modern technology and superior hand craftsmanship finishes. You may inquire today about the varieties of this exclusive fabric and best methods of sourcing and purchasing.
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