The process of searching for the right fabrics was one of the most difficult steps in our journey as an independent brand. A lot of time was spent on researching and sourcing the ideal materials that would be both kind to the environment and possess the performance characteristics required for practical everyday wear.
We choose to work only with luxury natural fibres, and all our buttons are either made from natural shell or bioresin. We also try to be conscious with other details beyond fabrics and trims - our care labels are printed locally in the UK on recycled polyester, and our packaging is crafted in our London studio from deadstock or upcycled cotton.
Read on below to find out where we source some of our favourite fabrics, which we believe are the best materials that can withstand the test of time and style.
Organic Wool Travel Suiting
Our luxury Italian high-performance travel suiting is sourced from a heritage wool mill in Northern Italy, which supplies many high-end men's tailoring brands. This travel suiting is a GOTS-certified organic 100% worsted wool cloth that has outstanding crease-recovery capabilities. The special weave structure of both the yarn and fabric enhances the crease-recovery performance of the wool, without the need to add synthetic blends. The mill has strict codes on ethics, raw material sourcing (IWS licensing), sustainability and its dyeing facility is GOTS-certified.
Cotton ShirtingOur Journey cotton twill comes from the British heritage shirting label Thomas Mason, which is now produced in Italy. The mill's luxury shirtings are a firm favourite with tailors, and this travel-friendly version is yarn-treated to create a crease-resistant finish that is comfortable and breathable. The family-owned mill is part of the Better Cotton initiative, and guarantees the traceability of every fabric they produce along with the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 to ensure the absence of toxic chemicals in its products.
Our water-resistant 100% cotton from Ventile® was an innovation created in wartime England for the Air Force. It is now produced in Switzerland using the highest quality of extra-long staple cotton. Only a very rare 2% of cotton produced in the whole world meets this exact quality standard. The advanced and time-consuming process to manufacture the specialised weave of Ventile®, along with its durable water repellency finish (DWR) makes it a breathable yet functional natural fabric suitable for weathering the elements.
Merino Wool Coating
Our 100% Merino wool coating originates from A W Hainsworth, a Yorkshire mill which holds a Royal Warrant. Hainsworth has supplied traditional woollen ceremonial and military cloths for over two centuries. Merino wool is a premium fibre well-known for its high performance characteristics, including crease-resistance and natural hydrophilic properties. The mill is Woolmark-certified, an industry-recognised guarantee for the performance, durability and quality of its woollen products. We had the opportunity to personally visit the mill in February 2020, and can attest for the quality of both its workplace and production.
Our 100% hammered silk fabric has a beautiful rippling texture, created by a slack-tension weave similar to that of cotton seersucker. We chose to work with this particular textured silk as it does not crease as easily as silk satins, and creates a flattering and luxurious textured sheen when worn on the body.
Our silks are sourced from trusted, specialist silk suppliers from both London and Hangzhou, China.
Tencel™ is made of cellulosic fibres originating from renewable wood sources. These fibres are produced in a closed-loop production cycle and certified as biodegradable, making it an excellent environmentally friendly fabric. The production process for Tencel™ also requires less dyes, energy and water usage compared to cotton. Our Tencel™ twill drapes beautifully, and has a smooth and cool touch to the skin. Our Tencel™ twills come from a local supplier and also a specialty supplier based in Hangzhou, China.
In our search for the perfect fabrics we also come across some beautiful end-of-roll or deadstock fabrics, like our light blue Italian wool stretch suiting and organic cotton poplins. By utilising deadstock fabrics, we can create some special, limited editions of our garments and reduce the need to produce new materials.