Our favorite fabrics
Made by Austrian company Lenzing, TENCEL™ Lyocell is a semi-synthetic fiber with properties almost identical to cotton. It’s part of the Rayon family, made from renewable wood materials.
TENCEL™ is manufactured from Eucalyptus trees, which grow fast and thick on low-grade land. It takes just half an acre to grow enough trees for one ton of TENCEL™ fiber. Cotton needs at least five times as much land—plus, it must be good quality farmland. TENCEL™ production is done without the use of pesticides or insecticides (unlike its dirty cousin, cotton).
While Eucalyptus trees don’t need irrigation, water is still used to process the pulp and turn it into TENCEL™ fiber. Lenzing estimates its water use at 155 gallons per pound of fiber, which is 80% less than cotton.
TENCEL™ has a closed loop production process, meaning over 99% of the non-toxic solvent is recycled and pushed back into the system instead of being flushed out as wastewater. And don’t just take our word for it: TENCEL™ fibers are certified by the European eco-label Oeko Tex 100 as containing low levels of manufacturing chemicals and byproducts.
Viscose—aka rayon— is a man-made fiber made from wood pulp. All our viscose is certified by the European eco-label Oeko Tex 100 as containing low levels of manufacturing chemicals and byproducts.
Alpaca wool, is a renewable fiber that has a much lower environmental impact than most sweater yarns. Compared to conventional wool, each pound of alpaca wool saves 400 lbs of CO2 and 1,500 gal of water. Alpacas are mostly raised in the Peruvian highlands almost exclusively on small family-owned ranches, where each is given one acre of land to graze, giving the grassland ample time to regenerate. Unlike goats and other herd animals, alpacas have soft hooves and gentle eating habits that limit soil erosion and plant destruction. More importantly, they're sheared only once a year under humane conditions!
Wool is an all-natural, renewable fibre, grown on sheep and is a planet-friendly fibre for many reasons:
. Sheep are part of the natural carbon cycle, consuming the organic carbon stored in plants and converting it to wool. Fifty per cent of the weight of wool is pure organic carbon.
. Wool products have long lifespans, meaning they are used or worn longer than other textile fibre products.
. Wool textile products tend to be washed less frequently at lower temperatures which has a lower impact on the environment.
. Finally, at the very end of its lifespan, wool biodegrades readily.
Free from fur polyester
We prefer to have this material than real fur, especially as it is used only on coats (not washed in water and therefore not releasing plastic particles). We are conscious that the material is non-biodegradable. We encourage customers to take care for their items and be responsible with their garments, never throwing them away. Luxury with a hint of cool - forever.