Alex Kleppe, our head custom clothier at Jaxson Maximus, sat down with Craig Worthiem from the House of Scabal for an exclusive interview on what makes Scabal one of the most exclusive cloth mills in the entire world.
Currently Craig services as the Vice President f the United States and Canada for Scabal.
About Scabal: Founded in 1938 in Brussels by Otto Hertz, Scabal was originally a cloth merchant and supplier of fabrics. His successor is JP Thissen, Chairman Scabal Group, who is assisted by his son Gregor Thissen (CEO Scabal Group), the third generation. In 1938, Scabal had just 6 employees, today Scabal employs approximately 600 staff worldwide.
Over the years, Scabal has evolved from a simple supplier of fabrics into a supplier of top quality fabrics to the most prestigious tailors and textile businesses around the world. Scabal has remained true to its roots and is one of the most innovative developers of new fabrics, creating new fabric qualities year after year, such as Gold Treasure, Diamond Chip, Temptation, Lapis Lazuli, Summit, and Private Line. In this regard, Scabal has constantly engaged in research forever finer and more luxurious fibers and fabric qualities.
Scabal cloth is what a bespoke suit starts with. From successful businessmen and politicians to Hollywood actors, their fabrics and apparel are worn all over the world.
Scabal suits have been featured in a number of Hollywood films, such as The Godfather, Casino, Wall Street and Titanic.
Exclusive Scabal Fabric Collections
These luxurious suiting fabrics are made of Super 150’s worsted wool interwoven with platinum and 24-carat gold threads. Available in dark blue, anthracite and black, they come in a classic stripe design and have a glimmering sheen.
The Diamond Chip Edition includes lightweight fabrics made of Super 150’s merino wool and silk. Tiny particles of precious diamonds converted into threads lend a luxurious glow to their surface. This collection comes in two qualities: suiting fabrics and jacketing fabrics.
This exclusive suiting collection combines Super 150’s worsted wool with cashmere and tiny particles of lapis lazuli. Myriads of fragments of this rare mineral are blended into the fabric to enrich the color and give it a subtle luster. The selection includes fabrics in various shades of blue.
A new introduction from Scabal the Sapphire collection is a wool flannel in Super 150’s wool with a natural stretch that has been achieved solely through the weaving process. The cloth has a superior softness and you will notice that it has a semi milled finish which gives the colour a muted effect.
The mark of a master tailor is to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Scabal strives to create the very best cloths to help tailors with that task. Take the new Noble Star as an example: its a fabric of precision — a rarefied balance of touch. softness, richness and strength. Hand-crafted at Scabal’s Yorkshire mill entirely from high-quality Super 200’s wool, it makes for superior suits at a comfortable 320g weight.
The fruits of nearly 500 years of such passionate dedication sit before you, but just like the noble Incas before us, we have selected only the very best Vicuña strands from Peru. Only 1/100 of the fibres available can be combed in the special way we require before they can be woven. This adds an even more exclusive element to such a miraculously rare fibre, and guarantees an unparalleled level of quality, not to mention luxury.