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About Weaves

The foundation of sharp dressing is knowing your fabric inside out, knowing what works for your taste and shape. We don’t really expect for you to know everything overnight but we do want you to know enough to know what you want. Below is a short description of all the fabrics we offer and what you should know about them. Say hi to your new friends!


Poplin

Poplin



Poplin is tightly woven fabric that has a simple over under weave called the 1/1 weave plus a lustre that makes it quite dressy. Poplin can sometimes be transparent because if it being thinner and lightweight. Shirts made from this material are easy to iron and do not wrinkle easily.

Twill

Twill



Strictly speaking, twill is a weave and not a fabric type although it has become a household name. Twill weaves are easily recognizable because they run in diagonal lines. Because of the diagonal texture twill is will drape more easily. Twill won’t give you the same “crisp” look that freshly pressed broadcloth can, but it’s relatively easy to iron and resistant to wrinkles since it’s a relatively tight and compact weave.

Pinpoint

Pinpoint



This fabric is much like the oxford cloth but is still allowed to be formal but not more than say linen or broadcloth. The fabric has a tighter weave and a finer yarn. It’s less translucent and has a more durable quality.

Dobby

Dobby



Dobby fabrics usually have complex weaves and are extremely varied. They can either be like broadcloth in terms of weight and yarn or thick like twill. Dobby woven fabrics generally tend to have in-woven geometric patterns and extra texture. Although not necessary, most dobby fabrics use satin for an added effect.

Chambray

Chambray



Almost like the broadcloth, the chambray differs in weight, composition and thickness. It has a construction similar to broadcloth and is made for more relaxed work wear appeal. Chambray has a plain weave in which the warp yarns are colored and the weft yarns are often white. The fabric has little to no texture except in terms of color wherein it may look solid from afar but the difference in yarns can be noticed upon closer inspection.

Satin

Satin



Satin fabric differs from satin weave by a few conditions. Strictly speaking, satin fabric must be constructed using the satin weave and also by using silk, nylon or polyester. The fabric is usually extremely shiny, especially if made from silk. Choose this fabric for a dressy occasion for it adds copious amounts of texture to the look.

Herringbone

Herringbone



Herringbone weave kind of resembles the twill mirrored, like the end tip of an arrow. It has much more texture than the linen or any other fabric but is still considered appropriate for both formal and occasion shirts.

Fil-a-Fil

Fil-a-Fil



Basically broadcloth but with a distinct coloring. The weft (horizontal) is usually white while the weft yarn (vertical yarns) are colored. So it gives the impression of being a solid color from far away but showcases more texture upon closer inspection.