By  on September 23, 2013

The competition was stiffer this time around and Dormeuil and Fratelli Tallia di Delfino came out on top.

The mills were chosen by a panel of experts at Saks Fifth Avenue and The Woolmark Co. in the store’s second annual Fabric No. 1 Awards. The contest is designed to choose the season’s finest made-to-measure fabrics for suits and sport coats.

Dormeuil won for its long-filament, super 150s worsted wool, which is named 15 point 8 for the diameter of the fiber. Fratelli Tallia di Delfino won for its 90 percent wool and 10 percent cashmere blended fabrics for sport coats.

At an event at the store last week, Tom Ott, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s wear for Saks, said more than 20 mills contributed fabrics for consideration this year, nearly twice the number that participated in the inaugural event in 2012.

“We try to find the best fabric out there for our own collection,” he said. “And with Woolmark’s help, the contest was more international this year.”

Garments made from the winning fabrics will be identified by a custom number and label and are displayed in the windows of the flagship. Made-to-measure orders will be available in limited quantities in New York, Chevy Chase, Md., Chicago and Phoenix.

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