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SPARKING INTEREST: SEERSUCKER, A HISTORY

July 14, 2008 BY CAPSULESNEWS

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Our resident menswear expert, Cator Sparks waxes discusses the merits of summer Seersucker in his column, Sparking Interest: Growing up in the South, donning a Seersucker suit between Memorial Day and Labor Day was as normal as church on Sundays. But up here in Yankee territory not many people seem to have gotten the memo that Seersucker = comfort and style on hot humid days in the concrete jungle. 

 What makes it so deliciously wearable and breathable you may ask? Well it’s all in the weave. According to Wikipedia, “Seersucker is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This feature causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, facilitating improved heat dissipation and air circulation.” I couldn’t have explained it better myself.

 

Oh, and another thing (as I stated in a previous column), the texture of the fabric means that hungover Harry doesn’t have to wake up an hour early to iron his suit. Seerusucker is wrinkle free. How do ya like them apples? Also where in the Sam hell did the word Seersucker come from anyways? Well children, gather round. It derived from a Persian word ‘shir o shekar’ translating to ‘milk and sugar’, or smooth and bumpy. Originally the textile was used by the working class (God knows why, white and blue don’t mix with sweat and dirt very well) but later was adopted by Southern Gentleman as the choice attire for balmy summer days.

Today Seersucker seems to be expereriencing a bit of a renaissance in the fashion world. Dries van Noten just marched out a man in a seersucker jumpsuit for his Spring 2009 and Comme de Garcons and Bottega Venetta also showed looks with fine stripes resembling Seersucker. But take note men! Do not be fooled by an imposter. Touch the fabric, feel the ripple and don’t get ‘suckered’ into a faux shir o shekar.-- CATOR SPARKS