The fabrics we work with
When it comes to our shirt fabrics, you’ll notice we’re big fans of cotton. Cotton is breathable, durable and offers a soft, comfortable feeling against your skin. The determiner of cotton quality is all in the length of the cotton fibers; the longer they are, the more refined and comfortable the fabric becomes and feels to the touch. When selecting a shirt fabric, you have to first consider the yarn; a pretty crucial factor that dictates the overall comfort of the shirt. Yarn is found, mainly, in two forms: single ply and two-ply. All this means is that the yarn either consists of a single yarn or two twisted yarns, which adds more comfort to the shirt and provides a softer hand feel. And at GANT, we always strive to ensure that our fabrics are produced in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
A fabric that’s soft, durable and ages well ‐ what more could you want in a shirt? It’s sewn with a few stitches per inch to create a slightly rougher surface, but still features a beautifully soft hand feel.
Pinpoint Oxford Cotton
Made from a thinner yarn to provide extra durability, this fabric is delicate and lends a more formal appearance to the wearer. Since it’s easy to iron, it’s also suitable for dressier occasions.
Woven in a way that gives the fabric a diagonal patterned effect, this cotton is durable and comfortable.
Stretch cotton is a mix of cotton with a hint of elastane. This gives a shirt just the right amount of elasticity, making it perfect for women’s shirts.
This tightly woven fabric is wonderfully durable. Thin and cool, it’s no wonder poplin cotton is a popular fabric amongst business travelers.
Originating from Peru, this fine-quality cotton is now mainly grown sustainably in the U.S.A. You can recognize it by its smooth fibers, which give the shirt an incredible hand feel. We at GANT are especially proud to team up with the eco-friendly American Cotton, known as the “cashmere of cotton.”
Usually constructed from a colored warp and a white weft, this fabric can also be solid. It is typically made of a medium weight yarn, and traditionally in indigo - although modern chambrays come in a variety of shades. The result is a laidback-feel fabric ideal for sportswear.
“Easy Care” Cotton
Talk about low-maintenance. Made from a combination of ultra-fine and extra long stapled cotton fibers, this cotton gives the shirt a crease-resistant quality that’s both smart and elegant.
Often featuring a large, colorful plaid pattern, this cotton takes its name from the Indian city of Madras, now Chennai. In 1958, buyers from Brooks Brothers bought 10,000 yards of madras for manufacture, without learning that it should be washed in cold water to avoid the colors bleeding. Brooks Brothers then sold cotton madras garments to consumers without proper washing instructions, resulting in the bright dyes bleeding and the garments emerging discolored and faded. To counter dissatisfied customers, Madison Avenue advertising svengali David Ogilvy coined the phrase "guaranteed to bleed", using this as a USP rather than a defect.
Voile tends to have a higher thread count, making it soft and silky to the touch and lending it a sheer, delicate quality. Its lightweight, breathable nature makes it great for summer tops and dresses.
Viscose / Rayon
Although manmade, viscose and rayon are naturally derived from fir tree cellulose, among other tree types. Viscose was originally developed to replace silk, and is known for its high absorbency and lustrous finish.
Spun from long bark fibers of a multi-layered flax plant, linen is durable, cool and breathable. We often use linen in our spring and summer collections due to their cooling effect. Typically, linen is more loosely-woven and more relaxed than standard cotton.