Fabric Guide

below is a guide to some of the fabrics used by our designers and brands.

Cotton

A natural fabric. It absorbs and releases perspiration quickly, thus allowing the fabric to breathe. This makes cotton cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are many varieties of cotton. Each has a distinct structure in how the cotton is woven which gives the fabric unique qualities. Varieties include corduroy, denim, flannel and velvet.

Crepe 
Used to describe all kinds of fabrics – wool, cotton, silk, rayon, synthetics and blends – that have a crinkly, crimped or grained surface. From the French word creper, which means, “to crimp of frizz”.

Crepe De Chine
A fine lightweight crepe usually made of silk

Jersey 
A generic term for a plain knit fabric without a distinct rib. Originally made of wool, jersey fabric was first manufactured on the island of jersey.

Merino Wool
This high quality wool yarn is made from the fleece of merino sheep. It is fine, strong, elastic, and takes dye well.

Sateen
A semi lustrous surface distinguishes this smooth, durable fabric in a satin weave. Sateen is usually made of cotton.

Silk
Known for its versatility, softness, and comfort.It is the strongest natural fiber. It Absorbs moisture, which makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Silk garments can be worn for all seasons. Silk retains shape, drapes well, and shimmers with a luster. It is made of a natural protein fiber, like human hair, taken from the cocoon of the silkworm.

Spandex
An elastic-type fiber that can be stretched many times its size and then spring back to its original shape. Lightweight and strong it allows freedom of movement.

Twill 
A fabric that shows a distinct diagonal wale on the fence.