Hand or handle - Adjective. The touch or feel of a fabric. An experienced dresser can determine the quality and character of a fabric by handling, stroking, stretching, and/or squeezing it. Most commonly associated with the feel of a tie but extends to any and all high quality garments. Whether its a tie, shirt, pair of trousers, or sport coat etc., it can be difficult to tell the total composition of a garment from afar without actually touching it.It's very important for a man to be hands on with his clothing before he buys or has anything hand made. Fabric doesn't have a smell, doesn't make a sound--unless its corduroy--and doesn't have a taste. This leaves the two senses of sight and touch. Fine fabrics like silk, cashmere, alpaca, mohair, moleskin, and many others begged to be caressed. Much like a woman's skin the right fabric against your body or around your neck or draped across your back can give a man goosebumps.