FAIR TRADE - ESTABLISHED 2011

Our Fabrics

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We go the extra mile to provide you with the best fabrics we can find that are only made in fair trade facilities.  Our garments are made with a range of fabrics but if we had to give it a range of value, our 100% combed & ring spun cotton products are fabulous, our Heather CVCs are better and our Triblends are best. This fabric is a blend of three types of yarn –  50% polyester, 25% combed and ring-spun cotton and 25% rayon. You get the comfort from the cotton, durability from the polyester and the luxurious drape from the rayon. Did you know that rayon was originally developed as a substitute for silk? Well that’s what gives our Triblends such a silky feel.

                

Singles is a term that refers to the diameter of a yarn, determined by number of times you twist the fiber. The higher the single, the finer the yarn and the softer resulting garment.  Think of it like you do sheets—a higher thread count means softer the sheets!

 

Fabric Weight Lighter fabrics tend to be made from combed and ring-spun cotton and are typically much softer than the heavy weight, open-end alternatives.

 

Ring Spun Cotton  The term “ring spun” means that the yarn goes through a spinning process that’s designed to thoroughly soften and straighten each fiber.  The results of this process are softer, more refined fibers that feel better to the touch (“hand” or “hand feel”), less peeling, and longer lasting. Want something even softer? 

 

Combed and Ring-Spun Cotton, is even softer than Ring Spun and is the kind that we like to use best on all our tees.  This process goes even further in that cotton fibers are spun (as detailed above) and then go through a second step to comb through the fibers to remove impurities while ensuring it stays soft to the touch, even less peeling, and longer lasting = the highest quality.

 

Chief Value Cotton (CVC), which refers to our ring spun cotton and polyester blend with a greater than 50% of cotton (that is why it’s called “Chief Value”). We most often use 30 singles yarns to maximize the soft and long lasting qualities.  We love to use this fabric because this blend gives has a superb yet subtle textured looking fabric that is very lightweight with a super soft hand feel.

 

Triblend, Super-soft and perfectly relaxed, triblends are a blend of three types of yarn (50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon). Triblends boast the comfort of our combed & ring-spun cotton, durability of polyester, and the luxurious drape of rayon. Our premium quality triblend tees are knit together with a 40’s single yarn needle (the higher the single, the softer the tee), and then undergo a special finishing treatment (it is a secret recipe we keep as secret as our grandma’s chocolate chip cookie recipe). The result is the softest, most luxurious and longest lasting tees we can make.  Oh, and did we mention they’re perfect for working out too since they’re ultra-breathable and moisture wicking?

 

Poly-Viscose,  super soft and lightweight, our Viscose fabric is manufactured from plant-based cellulose material (woody plants, such as trees and bamboo).  We choose Poly/Viscose blends for our many of our “flowier” tops because It is ideal for wonderfully breathable, drapy, highly absorbent fabrics that does not trap body heat. In addition to the fantastic look and feel of this yarn, viscose is made from renewable plants and is an environmentally friendly fabric, particularly with the bamboo we choose as its source.