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Micromodal

Micromodal

Micromodal is a very fine artificial fiber derived from cellulose. It is 40 times finer than a human hair, and 10,000 meters of this fiber weigh less than 1 gram. Fabrics made from micromodal have qualities far superior to cotton. They are stronger and do not fray, shrink less, and have more solid and vibrant colors. To the touch, they are smooth, glossy, and soft, and when washed in hard water, they are more resistant to retaining it within the fibers. As a result, they maintain their soft feel.

Micromodal fabrics are washed and ironed like cotton. Another noteworthy quality is their ability to absorb sweat. In fact, this fiber is about 50% more hygroscopic compared to cotton. Additionally, it is hypoallergenic just like cotton. It is ideal for intimate apparel and fabrics for the bathroom and home.

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A Bit of History

Micromodal is a patent of the Austrian company Lenzing, which produces the best fiber on the market. This company uses only beech wood pulp from sustainable forests, which is very important for the environment. All processes are done in an eco-friendly way, so much so that the company has been awarded the European Eco-Label. The origins of this fiber date back to the 1960s (Viscose or Rayon). Over the years, production techniques have improved, leading to today’s excellence, which further enhances the qualities of this fiber.

Applications

The primary use of this fiber is in the world of intimate apparel, for both men and women. Micromodal garments are lightweight, soft, and pleasant to the touch. They do not cause allergies and are comfortable both in summer and winter. The multitude of microfibers that trap air act as an insulator, both against heat and cold. In intimate apparel, micromodal is elasticized with elastane in a proportion of 6-10%. The fabric becomes more resistant and stable to washing, and the fit and comfort properties are greatly improved. In the fashion sector, micromodal is combined with wool or cotton to enhance the hand feel and durability of these two natural fibers.

Modal and Micromodal

Modal and Micromodal are the same fiber, derived in the same way and from the same base (beech wood pulp). The difference between the two materials lies in the dimensions. Micromodal fiber is thinner and much lighter compared to Modal. Its size is about 6 microns. For this reason, Micromodal falls into the category of microfibers. This quality allows Micromodal fabric, even with a much denser weave, to breathe like Modal.

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Ramie

Ramie – A Versatile Plant with a Rich History

Ramie is a plant from the nettle family, originating in Asia where it is also used for ornamental purposes. If left to grow unchecked, it tends to colonize vast areas. These plants can reach heights between 1 and 2.5 meters. The leaves are heart-shaped, measuring 7 to 12 cm in width and about 15 cm in length. The underside of the leaves is white and covered with dense hairs. Due to its rapid growth, up to four harvests can be made annually. There are two varieties: white, cultivated in China, and green from Malaysia. The largest producers in the world are China, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Brazil.

A Bit of History

It has been used as a fiber since ancient times, particularly in the Far East. It is believed that the Chinese used it long before cotton arrived in Asia. In Egypt, as early as 5000 B.C., this fiber, known for its silky sheen and resistance to bacteria, worms, and molds, was used for making mummy garments. Archaeological findings have demonstrated the material’s durability, with these garments remaining intact to this day! The name “ramie” is thought to come from the word “Rameh,” used by the indigenous people of the Sunda Islands to refer to this plant.

Sunda Islands

Ramie arrived in Europe in 1753, in Leipzig. Many acclimatization trials were conducted in France, Germany, and the Netherlands, but the plant’s low resistance to harsh winter conditions yielded poor results. In America, the first ramie crops were established in Florida in 1855, and later in Mexico.

The Qualities and Uses

This fiber is derived from the bark of Boehmeria nivea after a long and costly extraction process. The fibers are rich in cellulose and very long (12 cm). They are shiny and ivory-colored, earning them the name “vegetable silk.” As mentioned, they are resistant to mold, bacteria, and worms, and are highly absorbent and cool. Additionally, they are easy to bleach and withstand high temperatures. It does not shrink when washed and is very strong when wet. These qualities make it ideal for blending with other fibers such as cotton and wool.

However, ramie also has some drawbacks. It is not very elastic, wrinkles easily like linen, and does not resist abrasion well. Among its many uses are the production of tablecloths, fishing nets, handkerchiefs, and summer clothing. It is also used for making security paper and summer hats.

Cultivation in Italy

The first attempt to cultivate ramie in Italy was in 1786 near Bologna, but it was unsuccessful. Cultivation resumed in Sicily after a long hiatus. The possibility of introducing ramie to Europe was linked to its industrial use, which was unknown until the 1800s. In the early 20th century, there were many initiatives in Germany, followed by France, Austria, and Italy, to develop an industrial cycle capable of extracting and processing the fiber. This period of enthusiasm was followed by a decline in cultivation, which resumed after World War I.

How Ramie is Obtained

The first step is the decortication of the plant, which must be done by hand. Once the raw fibers are obtained, they are washed and then dried to remove the gummy parts using chemical reagents. This phase purifies the fibers and raises the cellulose content to 95%. The next step is spinning, which is complex due to the fragility of the material. Dyeing is also challenging because of the fiber’s poor ability to absorb color. However, once dyed, ramie fabrics are very colorfast, allowing for easy stain removal.

Ecologically, nothing of this plant is wasted. While the bark is used for textile fiber, the inner part, rich in cellulose, is used to make high-quality paper. The leaves are used as animal feed due to their nutritional qualities, similar to those of alfalfa.

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Fashion

Ramie is not widely used in the fashion industry due to its high cost. It is more commonly found blended with viscose, linen, or hemp, enhancing these fibers by making them more lustrous, soft, and stable when washed. Only a few brands feature pure ramie in their collections, with the most common garments being scarves, shirts, and pants. This represents a small niche market. The largest use of this fiber is in the home furnishings sector, with production focused on tablecloths, pillowcases, and blankets.

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Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo is a plant native to Asia, but it is also found in America, certain regions of Africa, and Oceania. In Europe, there are no wild species of this plant; it is only imported. In our regions, it is considered a garden plant. It is an invasive species that, if left unchecked, tends to occupy large areas. These evergreen plants are very strong and can range in height from a few centimeters to significant heights. In fact, they can grow up to 40 meters tall with a stem diameter of 30 cm.

A Bit of History

Bamboo is hollow, lightweight, and very tough. For this reason, it has been used for centuries for various purposes. As early as the 13th century in China, as recorded in Marco Polo’s “The Travels of Marco Polo,” it was used to make sturdy ropes for building bridges and mooring ships. The most striking example of the remarkable properties of this wood is the suspension bridge over the Min River. This bridge connected the two banks for more than 1,700 years (until 2008).

In the Sichuan region, bamboo trunks were used to make pipes that irrigated rice fields over an area of more than 5,000 square kilometers. Bamboo was also used to make pipes that transported natural gas to village homes. In more recent times, bamboo was used to make deadly traps during the Vietnam War. Finally, fibers are woven to make sails and even paper.

bamboo

The Qualities and Uses

Due to its mechanical resistance to both compression and tension, bamboo is referred to as “vegetable steel.” In the field of engineering, bamboo is used as a construction material. In regions where this plant is widespread, it is used in place of concrete, steel, and wood. We can talk about bamboo engineering. This plant is used to make pillars and beams, bamboo laminates, and highly resistant composites. In many areas of China, bamboo is still used for construction scaffolding.

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Bamboo Shoots

Bamboo shoots are an excellent food source. Fermented leaves are used to make alcoholic beverages. In China, canes are used to ferment wine, while in Thailand, the entire plant is consumed. In Guangdong, southern China, the Pseudosasa amabilis variety is used to make fishing rods for fly fishing. Giant bamboo has various uses, including the production of musical instruments like the shakuachi flute or didgeridoo, and for making Japanese bows used in the discipline of Kyudo. Afghan artist Massoud Hassani used bamboo for his work “Mine Kafon,” which was exhibited at the MoMA in New York.

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Bamboo and Mythology

For the Chinese, the longevity of bamboo symbolizes long life, while in India it is a symbol of friendship. Since it rarely flowers, this is seen as a sign of impending famine. This belief is due to the fact that rats feed on the fallen flowers; therefore, their population explodes and endangers much of the crops. The last flowering occurred in May 2006. It appears that bamboo flowers in this manner only once every 50 years.

Various Asian cultures believe that humans descended from a bamboo stem. In the Philippines, the legend tells that the first man and woman originated from the opening of a bamboo shoot, which emerged on an island created by the clash between the sky and the ocean. In Japan, Shinto monasteries are often surrounded by a small bamboo forest, intended to be a sacred barrier against evil.

Fashion

Bamboo textile fiber is obtained from the stem through an alkaline hydrolysis process. Laboratory analyses have shown that this fiber is similar to viscose and has the same stability and durability. The fabric, thanks to its qualities, is ideal for contact with the skin. Due to its antibacterial properties and high absorbency, it is suitable for both clothing and underwear.

Thanks to the many cavities that trap air, garments made from this fiber are breathable and capable of absorbing moisture and sweat. In fact, compared to cotton, bamboo breathes three times more. It is cooler and there are no unpleasant odors. It is ideal for bed sheets as its anti-moth and anti-mite properties ensure that 95% of these parasites die within 24 hours.

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Longjohns

Longjohns – the origins

It’s not easy to find information on the beginnings longjohns. We have to go back to the V century to find any item resembling this garment. The Persians used to wear an article of clothing known as anaxyrides, a kind of stocking breeches mix  which was worn under a tunic. This kind of garment was in fashion for many centuries, it was used in alternate phases as outwear and underwear. Towards the end of the VIII century we can still find traces of the use of this garment; it has become tighter and often with the addition of a strap under the foot as act as a form of footwear. In the middle ages and later eras, men continued to use this item, they enhanced it’s basic design with padding and bright colours.

longjohns(anaxyrides)

The development

In the XVII century, the long underwear or longjohns as they became known as, began to have an actual shape; their use as a form of tights worn as outerwear. Very popular in the middle ages, was abandoned in favour a use more connected to that of underwear. Even considering this change, longjohns were not a great success. We have to wait until the end of the XVIII century, for their popularity to become more widespread. In this period, they were used almost always as a garment for nightwear and were made in cotton or wool.

Around  the 1800’s they became popular in the United States. This was mainly due to the reform  movement in clothing, which spread from the UK during the Victorian age; this movement proposed the use of more comfortable and practical garments. Often the longjohns were attached to a vest  with long sleeves, which in America they called “Union Suits”

union suits - longjohns(Union suits)

The use of longjohns spread to Europe at the beginning of the 1900’s; the labourers wore them to keep out the cold and then to sleep in. They were also used by the military, in fact the soldiers used them as a form of protection under their uniform. In the two world wars in the 1900’s this garment was in great demand for the troops in various armies.

The role of Longjohns in the cinema

This garment was often used in the cimema, especially in historic or western films. The leading actor can frequently be seen wearing the classic longjohns. In italy they appeared in many films, starring Bud Spencer and Terence Hill; the most famous “spaghetti western ” being “Lo chiamavano Trinità”. A very young Harrison Ford  can been seen wearing longjohns together with Gene Wilder in the American western comedy “The Frisco Kid“. The longjohns are without any doubt an iconic western garment.

the frisco kid - longjohns(Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder)

The longjohns nowadays

In present times, this garment is used mainly for sporting activities, especially skiing, hunting and fishing or by motorcycle riders. Their shape hasn’t changed so much, but the fabric in which they are made has been developed in different ways. This fact, gives the possibility to meet all the requirements; using different fibers and fabric weights, we can produce longjohns in various weights and with different levels of warmth and comfort.

Our collections

Since 1977, when our company was founded, we have been producing this classic garment a necessity in men’s underwear. Obviously, following our company policy we use the highest quality natural fibers available, our production is made in many different types of natural material ranging from pure Merino wool, incorporating wool and silk, the elegant pure silk and finishing with the luxurious mix of cashmere and silk 

For those who have allergy problems, but wish to keep the warmth provided by wool, we have the perfect solution in our wool and cotton special fabric. This is a double layer material; it has the soft cotton layer against the skin meanwhile the wool layer is on the outside to protect from the cold. In this way, we can avoid all the problems which wool can create when it comes in contact with the skin. Our models have been researched and are designed to give maximum comfort; the seams are flat and there is an elastic band at the ankles, even the elastic waistband is adjustable by 3 buttons to ensure a perfect fit.

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Boxers

Boxers – The history

The name “boxers” originates from the sport of boxing. This is a very old sport, practised since the ancient times. The earliest boxer shorts date from the 1900’s. These shorts used to have a leather belt at the waistband. Boxers first started being used as an underwear garment from 1925, due mainly to Everlast ,an american company which produced sports clothing for boxers. They replaced the leather belt with and elastic waistband and this small adjustment created a new role for boxers in the clothing world-underwear. This new garment was an immediate sales success, but this success was soon replaced by the “briefs” which became the most widespread  item of male underwear.

boxer(boxer)

In the years to come, the boxers and the briefs competed for the major share in the market. The sales boom and the popularity of boxers increased significantly in the 80’s, as a result of a television advert produced by the Levi Strauss  jeans company, featuring the male model Nick Kamen, removing his jeans, putting them in a washing machine, and then waiting for the end of the washing cycle wearing only his boxers underwear. The massive success of this advert, led to a huge increase in sales.

Approximately ten years later, in the 90’s a new model of boxers appeared on the market. They were more fitted and followed the body lines and had more or less the same level of support as briefs. This new design was adopted by the younger generation, who wore them under their low waisted jeans. Most importantly, was the fact that the boxers were visible above the waistband of the jeans. Other models of boxers were created with much shorter legs, these fitted almost like briefs, but had the benefit of being esthetically more pleasing.

The role of boxer underwear in the cinema.

This garment has a main role in many films, above all those which featured the sport of boxing the most famous being Rocky starring Silvester Stallone, where this garment appears in its sport version; or in films where the main actor has to remain just in his underwear. Boxers are certainly the most appealing and accepted form of underwear. Who doesn’t remember Jason Statham in the film “The Transporter” or Ryan Reynolds in the film “Deadpool” where they appear in many scenes dressed only in boxers. In the same way most of the actors who played the role of James Bond (007) such as Sean Connery or Daniel Craig have at least one scene where they are filmed in only their underwear

boxer(Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool)

(Jason Statham in The transporter)

How they are made

Boxer can be made using different fabrics such as canvas or knitted. The last one can be elasticated and therefore the final garment will be fitted, or we can use a wider cut for a looser fit. All designs have an elastic waistband which is quite high to distribute the pressure in an even way without any discomfort. In some models the elastic is visible, whilst in others it is covered with the same fabric used to make the garment. This choice is for various reasons, it can be simply a question of aesthetics, or it can be used to make the garment hypoallergenic; obviously, for this case we would use a cotton fabric. Boxers made in canvas fabric, usually have a  split on each leg, to make them easier to wear.

Our production of boxers

We have a vast collection featuring a wide range of boxers. From the canvas models which we produce with an open elastic waistband and with a two button closing for maximum comfort; obviously these canvas boxers have the classic splits on both legs which are fundamental for a perfect fit. The seams are flat double sewn for a great comfort and durability. We also produce many models in Lisle cotton yarn jersey; these designs have a wide cut for great comfort, making them perfect to use as sleepwear, thanks to the freshness and natural elasticity of the fabric. To finish, we have those made in elasticated cotton, these are very fitted and give the highest level of support. Ideal for those who play sports.

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Teasing

Teasing – the history

Teasing is an age old technique; the practice of which we can trace back to the ancient Egyptians. This process creates different levels of dense fluff on the fabric, this fluff serves to make the fabric softer and warmer. Obviously the denser the fluff the warmer the fabric! In fact, this procedure increases the amount of air trapped between the fibers consequently forming a thermal insulation. In past times they used the dried flowers from the thistle plants, put in a straight lines until they formed a kind of brush with which they used to stroke the fabric

teasing- thistle(Thistle flower)

teasing - Garzi(Brushes made of thistle flowers)

Thistles, were widespread in the mediterranean basin. Apart from being used in fabric production, they were also used in medicine, for their diuretic and cleansing qualities. In his reign, over most of western and central Europe, Charlemagne, cites this plant in the laws and orders given to the powerful religious institutions. It’s thanks to the hard work of the monks in the french territories, that by means of diffusion and selection, the thistle became a cultivated plant ideal for the teasing of wool. In 1800, the cultivation of thistles started in Italy and it was extensive, thanks to the growth of the textile industry. Due to the high cost of manual labour, necessary to collect the thistle flowers, the use of this plant declined, and it was replaced by modern machinery, with hooked rollers which did the teasing mechanically.

garzatura - coltivazione cardi(thistle cultivation)

Modern Times

Today the teasing procedure is done on machines with brushes which have metal or plastic teeth. These machines consist of a rotating barrel onto which are fixed cylinders incorporating the brushes. These cylindrical brushes have teeth some of which go in the direction of the fabric and the remaining going in the contrary direction. By controlling the speed of the fabric in respect to the speed of the cylinders you can adjust the density of the fluff according to the use and type of final fabric required. The teasing can be made on both sides of the fabric to give a very soft hand. The process can be made both dry or wet. In the first case the hairs are more swollen and messy, in the second case the hairs are very thick but regulated, all going in the same direction.

Garzatura meccanica(Teasing machine)

High quality teasing

In some cases, when we use very precious fibers such as cashmere or Merino wool, the teasing is still done with the natural thistle flowers. The flowers are fixed in a parallel line onto rollers that turn in the opposite direction to the fabric. In this case, thanks to the natural characteristics of the flower the final result is excellent. The thistles lift the hair and comb it, making the fabric soft and shiny. Natural teasing hides almost all of the weft and weave of the fabric, most importantly it gives a much finer result when compared to that produced mechanically, and has feel on the skin almost like velvet.

teasing(Teasing)

teasing(Result of teasing )

This technique, needs great skill, alot of attention must be given to the care of the thistle flower and also to controlling that its abrasive action does not ruin the fabric. This way of teasing, is much more expensive than the machine version, the reason being it is slower and you need to change all the thistle flowers after very 48 hours of production. Obviously, this process is used on only the highest class fibers, where you ae looking an absolute top quality finish.

teasing(Replacing thistle flowers)

Our company uses this technique for the production of a brushed cotton fabric which makes our garments both warm and comfortable.

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Crew neck short sleeves – Brushed cotton

V – neck short sleeves – Brushed cotton

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Briefs

Briefs – Early history

The origins of briefs can be found in the ancient Egyptian culture, in fact this population used to wear a triangle of fabric, called a pano, which was very similar to briefs. Obviously this garment didn’t have an elastic waistband but the fabric was wrapped in between the legs and knotted at the waist. We can see a similar garment in the Roman period, it was called subligaculum and it was worn under a tunic. This garment was popular with both gladiators and women.

history of briefs(subligaculum)

In the middle ages, expecially among the Goths and Lombards there is evidence of the use of garments to cover the genital area. In the following periods expecially in the Renaissance women started to wear something that resembles our modern briefs. Around 1600 this kind of garment fell out of fashion and we need to wait until the end of 1800 to see its return.

Later history

In 1906 the briefs makes its first appearance in the modern shape we recognise today; but the sale of this garment is very low and was limited to a localised market. During 1935 the popoularity of this item started to spread drammatically and for the first time this garment was given an official name: BRIEFS. Coopers Inc.( an american based company), were the first to sell briefs with a front opening; they named this model Jockey; in a short period of time, this new garment became very popoular and flooded the American market.

In 1938, this garment arrived in Europe; the UK sold a thousand pairs a week; the real boom period began in 1948 and reached its peak in 1967, when France gave the permission to make the first TV advertisement featuring underwear. Development of briefs continued year by year;until in the 1960’s briefs changed their image and becomie a fashion item instead of a practical garment.

The function of briefs

The primary function of men’s briefs is to support, this fact makes them ideal for most sports; more than an underwear garment, they are an hygenical bareer between the body and the outer garments. Recently some doctors have criticised this product using the theory that the heating of the genital area could cause fertility problems for men. This theory however has not been proven and there are some studies which suggest the contrary. Anyway, it’s a good idea to choose the correct sizes and briefs made in natural fibers.

How they’re made

Briefs have an elastic waistband which can vary in height to satisfy every dressing requirement. The elastic can be visible or invisible that is to say it is covered in the same fabric as the briefs. In the same way the leg hole also has elastic, but here it is much softer in respect to that used on the waistband and serves to give lateral and gluteral restraint.

The cut of the front has been researched to give maxium ease and can be either open, closed or with a lateral opening to increase comfort. Usually they are made in cotton, but you can also find them made in synthetic fibers. For sure the syntheic fibers are more resistant and easier to wash but our opinion is that they are neither hygenic nor healthy.

briefs(Closed briefs)

briefs(Front open briefs)

Briefs collection

Our company, has a vast collection; our natural fabric choice, ranges from lisle cotton to pure silk. the Lisle cotton we make in house into either a jersey or a ribbed fabric. We produce these fabrics in different weights and consistencies to cover all seasons. Pure silk for those who want the ultimate luxury! Our collection includes many designs all with different heights and finishes. Obviously, we produce also briefs with openings, for those looking for a more pratical approach. Our company, prides itself on the quality of our products; the health of our clients in very important to us, so for this reason all of our briefs are made only in natural fibers.

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Vest

Vest – The origins

The vest is an historic garment, it takes his origins from the sport of rowing, where it was used by the athletes.  Legend says that the French nobleman Jean Des Fauches ripped the collar and sleeves away from his shirt in a moment of rage as they were annoying him, thus creating the first ever vest . In fact this garment is very comfortable allowing the maxium range of movement to the arms.

canottiera(Canottieri in azione)

Vests in Films

Vest has become famous thanks to some films where the leading actor wears this garment to give character to the role; the most famous ones being “On the Waterfront” starring Marlon Brando, the italian “Rocco e i suoi fratelli” starring Renato Salvatori, and finally “Die Hard” starring Bruce Willis. Without any doubt a dirty and ripped vest adds to the image of toughness, needed in these roles; this fact makes the vest very popular.

canottiera(Marlon Brando)

canottiera(Bruce Willis)

Recently famous people such as Barack Obama, or the italian politician Umberto Bossi have been photographed wearing a vest, which proves the popularity of this garment. Furthermore in the world of music, who doesn’t remember Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen on stage in his white vest. Despite its simplicity, this garment remains a fashion staple.

(Freddie Mercury)

How it’s made

The vest comes in many styles, for example the shoulder straps can be narrow or wide, also the neckline can have different depts, ranging from shallow to deep with many variations in between. In the same way the width of the armhole varies based on the needs of the wearer. The vest can be made in many different fabrics, allowing it to be worn in all seasons. Our company produces this item in several natural materials including pure wool, a wool and silk mix , pure silk,a cashmere and silk  mix and lisle cotton

Nearly all of our vests are made in a tubular fabric , and cut in a way that eliminates side seams guaranteeing maxium comfort. The most suitable fabric is knitted with ribs; this material has a natural elasticity which allows a better fit; in addition for the warm seasons, we produce also in a jersey fabric made of Lisle cotton yarn which is one of the lightest fabrics available; in this case the vest has side seams.

vest(Wide strap vest)

vest(Narrow strap vest)

(Wide strap details)

The evolution of the vest

Nowadays the classic vest remains one of the best selling garments ever, but despite this fact, there has been a style evolution. New models have transformed the look of this product, whilst managing to keep the original charateristics such as comfort and practicallity. With this in mind, our company has immediately designed two new models to face the needs of the market. The first new vest style is without sleeves and has a deep V-neck; this garment provides a perfect fit and is completely invisible under shirts; equally important the armhole is a close fit to allow a good absorption of perspiration.

sleeveless v neck vest(V-neck without sleeves)

The second vest design is a sleeveless crew neck; this model is ideal when worn under the shirt with a closed collar. In fact, the cut of the neck line is in designed for maximum comfort. Furthermore the armholes as on the previous model have a close fit to allow a good absorption of perspiration. Its shape ensures that is this garment is invisible under tailored shirts. Another advantage of these new designs is that the straps and armholes are cut to match the sleeve seams on shirts thus eliminating any possiblity to be seen.

Sleeveless crew neck vest(Sleeveless crew neck)

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Pyjamas

Pyjamas -The history

The word pyjamas derives from the Persian word “پايجامه pāy-jāme” meaning clothing for the legs;  it refers to trousers which are very lightweight and wide cut, they were worn by both men and women. In the west however, this word refers to sleeping garments, comprised of a jacket or t-shirt on the top part of the body, whilst on the bottom half very loose comfortable trousers to cover the legs. The widespread use of pyjamas, can be credited to the English and their presence in the Middle East; infact, from 1600’s, when the British Colonists, returned home from Persia, bringing “the pyjamas”  with them, thus introducing this new garment into Europe. but, in fact, the widescale use began after 1870, in this period they were worn only by males.

How they’re made

Pyjamas can be worn in summer or winter; the sleeve and trouser length can be either long or short, depending on the season; also the weight of the fabric, can be chosen to suit the temperature. The most commonly used fiber is cotton; this fiber can be used to make many different fabrics including knitted jersey. Jersey is the perfect fabric for pyjamas, in fact, due to its natural elasticity, it is very comfortable and fresh. Obviously, pyjamas can be made in many other fabrics, for instance silk, for luxurious garments and linen which is ideal for the summer months.

The style of the pyjamas, changes following the type of fabric. If it’s a rigid fabric the jacket will resemble a shirt to guarantee an easy fit; the winter design, has a jacket with an open collar, which makes the pyjamas more elegant and protective, vice versa in summer the jacket is collarless making the garment fresher.

Pyjamas

Pyjamas

The pyjamas made in a knitted jersey fabric, are definitely more versatile, because they can be made in many different designs, thanks to the natural elasticity of this fabric. In fact, these types of pyjamas are often collarless, because these garments are more sporty than elegant. It is possible to choose, from V-neck, crew neck, polo neck and the open front cardigan. Obviously they are available in both short or long version as illustrated below.

v-neck

cardigan

Our Garments

Our company creates a wide selection of pyjamas made in Lisle cotton yarn jersey. The knitted fabric, is made in house to guarantee the highest quality possible. The thread, is already dyed for the maximum colour saturation and colour durability. Furthermore we use Egyptian cotton with a very fine title; this fact, allows us to produce a very lightweight fabric, which is very fresh. The mercerising treatment we use, gives the fabric great stability and a very small shrinkage percentage. The double twisted thread, used in the producion of our fabric, helps the garments to mantain the correct shape after washing.

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T-shirt

The origin of the t-shirt

The origin of the t-shirt began a long long time ago, there is some evidence that the Etruscan people used to wear a garment resembling the t-shirt. Also in the renaissance period there is proof of a similar garment. In this era the t-shirt was considered a workers garment it was ideal for manual labour due to its lack of a collar. It was only in the 1800’s that the t-shirt started to gain popularity. For instance the sailors began to use it as a a part of their uniform, with the charateristic horizontal stripes.

t-shirt sailors(Sailors)

It was around the 40’s that the United States decided to use this garment as a part of their armed forces uniform. The American presence in Europe due to the war, contributed to spread the t-shirt all around the continent. In this period the t-shirt continued to be a workers garment. We have to wait until the 50’s to see the changing role of the t-shirt. In these years it makes its first appearances as a fashion item and underwear for the general population. Its name comes from its shape which looks like the letter T.

t-shirt(t-shirt)

The T-Shirt and the cinema

In the late 50’s the wearing of the t-shirt was very widespread, mainly thanks to the popularity of the cinema. Many of the filmmakers favoured this item of clothing using the wearing of this garment to add character to their controversial leading roles. Subsequently a new way to wear the t-shirt was born and adopted by the younger generation. The two most iconic images are James Dean in the film “Rebel without a cause” and Marlon Brando in “A streetcar named desire” .

(James Dean and Marlon Brando)

The American cinema continued to use this item in its films. In the 70’s for example how can we not talk about “American Graffiti” a film directed and co-written  by George Lucas, where the leading actor wears a white t-shirt accesorized with a packet of camel cigarettes stored in the rolled up sleeve. Once again the t-shirt worn over the blue jeans became a symbol and a kind of uniform for the youth.

american graffiti

(American Graffiti cult film 70’s)

From the 80’s onwards the t-shirt became used for publicity purposes. In fact we start to see the first printed t-shirts, the themes are many and wide ranging; from political statements to souvenir holiday destinations and so it continues. The image of the t-shirt changed, it became a cult object and gift idea. Following this concept even the marketing of the t-shirt changes; the sales became emotional not practical. Merchandising is born! The well known brands, famous rock bands and big american chains, (for example Hard Rock Cafè), created their exclusive designs. These became collector items also serving to spread the brand name. The t-shirt was given a new lease of life with the youth embracing this developement by stamping their messages on it.

surf(Surfer)

t-shirt hard rock cafè(Hard rock cafè)

How it’s made

This garment can be made in many different fabrics, depending on its use and the final destination. For sure the most commonly used fiber is cotton but also wool and prestigious textiles like cashmere and silk can be used. Our company produces a wide selection of t-shirts to meet every need in the world of underwear; our style is classic and our garments are designed to fit the body and be worn under a shirt or a jumper without any constriction and maximum attention to comfort. There are many different models, including the crew neck, the V neck.

For the winter season we produce underwear in pure Merino wool, in silk, in cashmere and silk, and other mixes of these fibers; for this season we have a long sleeve option to add protection for the arms against the cold. Obviously in our collection we include the well known cotton t-shirts but in our case we have upgraded the quality by using Lisle cotton yarn, which is fresher and softer compared to normal cotton; these charateristics are fundamental for our luxurious underwear.

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More info

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