A Journey Through Sartorial Jacket Constructions

What constructions can we find in jackets? 


the world of suit jackets can be intricate, with various construction methods influencing the overall quality, fit, and price of the garment. Among the most common techniques are fused, half-canvas, and full-canvas constructions. Understanding the differences between these options will help you make an informed decision when purchasing your perfect suit or jacket.

What a jacket looks like inside – fuse, half-canvas and full-canvas constructions

Fusing construction

Fused jackets are the most affordable option on the market. In this construction, manufacturers heat-bond a layer of adhesive material to the fabric, creating the desired structure and shape. This streamlined process allows manufacturers to produce fused jackets at a lower cost, making them popular in ready-to-wear and budget-friendly suit collections.

Durability is a critical factor to consider when choosing a suit jacket, and fused jackets may fall short in this regard. The adhesive used in fused jackets can weaken over time, resulting in a loss of shape and stiffness. In addition, the synthetic adhesive layer in fused jackets can limit airflow, leading to discomfort, especially in warmer climates.

Problem of a fused jacket – The layer of adhesive inside the jacket loses its effectiveness after a few cleaning cycles

Half-canvas construction

Half-canvas jackets strike a balance between affordability and quality. The canvas is integrated into the upper half of the jacket, running from the shoulders to around the waist. Manufacturers typically fuse the lower half, creating a more cost-effective solution that still retains some of the advantages of canvas construction.

While half-canvas jackets offer affordability and convenience, those seeking the highest level of craftsmanship and sartorial elegance often opt for the meticulous artistry found in full-canvas jackets.



Half-canvas jacket – natural horsehair and cotton patch is applied only on the upper part of the garment

Full-canvas construction

Full-canvas jackets are the epitome of sartorial excellence and craftsmanship, favored by discerning aficionados of high-quality menswear. In this traditional tailoring method, skilled artisans hand-sew a canvas layer into the fabric, encompassing the entire front section of the jacket from the shoulders to the hem.

Full-canvas jackets offer unmatched fit and comfort as they gradually conform to the wearer’s body, providing a fit that improves over time. The canvas plays a vital role in the jacket’s durability by ensuring it maintains its shape and structure, resulting in exceptional longevity that can withstand years of use. Additionally, the use of natural materials in full-canvas jackets allows air to circulate freely, promoting breathability and optimal comfort, even during extended periods of wear. These combined attributes make full-canvas jackets the symbol of quality and luxury in the world of menswear.


Full-canvas construction – Artisans apply natural horsehair and cotton patch to the entire front panel of the jacket

In conclusion, full-canvas jackets stand out as the superior choice for individuals seeking the highest level of fit, durability and comfort in their suit jackets. The fit and exceptional resilience provided by the canvas layer ensure that these jackets maintain their shape and structure over time. This creates a timeless investment, representing the epitome of durability and style. At Massimo Roma, we focus on sartorial excellence and craftsmanship. For this reason we exclusively offer full canvas construction for both ready-to-wear and custom-made options. Our commitment to providing our customers with the finest quality garments reflects our dedication to elevating their style and ensuring they experience the essence of luxury in their attire.

Full-canvas construction of every Massimo Roma garment

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Paolo – Store Manager at Massimo Roma

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