First and foremost, our yarn is made from a sustainable fiber made from wood. Ours comes from responsibly-grown South African eucalyptus; its producers have earned multiple environmental awards and certifications. But great responsibility does not preclude great power, and we chose this fiber because its supple, soft texture and outstanding durability are unmatched by any other natural fiber we’re aware of. This botanic fiber creates fabrics capable of easily withstanding whatever modern gentlemen throw at them.
Our Elite Series Fabric is softer than silk, it’s more absorbent than cotton and it’s more breathable than linen. This incredible fabric combines the best properties of all the top natural fibers into one revolutionary material.
Its unbeatable skin-feel comes from ultra-fine fibers with a unique structure that allows just the right amount of flex and stretch, while retaining high wrinkle-resistance. Visually, it’s smooth and crisp with a flow similar to silk, but far less lustrous (though far from dull) and not nearly as high-maintenance. It has higher tensile strength than other natural textiles for lasting shape-retention and superior comfort over time.
Fine fibers don’t necessarily restrict airflow, although they can. TENCEL® branded lyocell fibers are a special kind of cellulose fiber whose structure actually encourages air to pass through micro-channels. This helps wearers stay cool, even while physically active and even if the fabric becomes wet. TENCEL® is a trademark of Lenzing AG.
“Wicking” is the action by which water moves through a fabric – think candle-wicks absorbing liquid wax. The better the wicking, the drier the feel. Our fabric excels in drawing moisture away from the skin, allowing it to evaporate quickly and consistently. This quality allows us to eliminate harmful metals, like silver, from the manufacturing process.
A unique, patented closed-loop fiber production process that recycles 99% of the solvent used – which is non-toxic and gentle itself – earned TENCEL® fiber producers the European Award for the Environment (a lofty honor, especially in the apparel industry). Tencel has also been awarded Oeko Tex Standard 100 compliance because it contains zero harmful substances. Here's how it's produced: