Whether you are someone who wears suits daily or just on Sunday or special occasions, you have most likely heard the term super numbers, referring to suit cloth weight. So, what exactly do the super numbers mean? Let us help.
The super number relates to the width of the wool yarn in microns and is used to determine precisely how fine the individual wool fibers used in the cloth are. When a sheep is shorn of its wool, the wool is placed under a microscope to measure its thickness. The wool is measured in Microns and graded using a numbers system. For example, a Super 130’s fabric will have yarn that is roughly 17.25 microns wide or 0.00172 milometers. This number will also represent how many individual yarns you will have in a single weave.The phrase ‘Super’ dates back about 30 years and at the time they were meant as a quick method of measurement. They later became associated with high quality fabrics, today they denote the quality and grade of some of the finest fabrics in the world.
A thread count of Super 100’s or higher denotes a ‘fine quality wool’ and the cost of each fabric can rise significantly as these numbers rise especially when these fine wools are blended with luxury fibers such as mohair, cashmere and alpaca. Suits ranging from super 120’s to super 200’s wool are likely to be made with merino wool which is one of the best quality wools in the world today. The finest merino wool is sourced from Australia and New Zealand as these countries have the best climates and conditions for producing the finest quality wool. Merino wools are incredibly comfortable and perform significantly better than other types of wool.
Suits made from Super 100’s ,110’s and 120’s wool tend to work best for people who are looking for a good quality suit to wear often that is going to be durable and comfortable. These fabrics are ideal for people who have a good build and want a suit with a finer fabric to highlight their body shape.
Suits made from Super 130’s and 140’s are best for people who do not use their suit as often and live in warmer climates or will be wearing it during the warmer summer months. These fabrics are perfect for customers who care more about comfort than durability and warmth.
Suits that using Super 150’s to 200’s are suits made from fabrics that are incredibly fine and almost silk like in their texture and weight. These luxury fabrics are unbelievably soft to touch and wear. They are however not as durable as clothing made using lower super numbers and for this reason are usually made for special occasions or for instances where the suit will only be worn occasionally.
At UWM Men’s Shop, we have suits of the highest quality materials, from our opening price point to the best in the world we have it. And best of all, we are here to help direct in finding the perfect suit for you. Stop in today and see for yourself!!