Sustainable fabric sourcing
Have you ever wanted to learn more about our fabrics, including from where we source them? For those who don't know, one of our favorite roles in owning an independent clothing label is fabric sourcing and we don't mind sharing our sources. Learn more about our latest fabric selection, a Cupro Linen Twill, from our newest textile partner, FabricSight, in Barcelona, Spain. And read their story on Together Segal if you want to take a deeper look into our creation of a fashion brand and where we'd like to go from here.
Do fabrics inspire a specific women’s daywear design in our collection?
Yes! Finding new high quality, sustainable fabrics is not only fun for us but it can provide inspiration for new women’s daywear, including women’s dresses, pants, tops, jackets and more. When we learned about FabricSight and their Cupro collection, specifically their Cupro Linen Twill, we couldn’t get enough! We designed our new tunic style dress, the Mara Dress, with their Cupro Linen Twill fabric in mind. The texture, weight, softness and drape was so beautifully perfect and a great start for a new dress creation. We are developing future designs for fall/winter 2022 for this fabric and have sampled our new little black dress, the Claire Mini, in their black Cupro Linen Twill as well as the Sienna Dress in a beautiful sand color way coming this spring.
Why partnering with like minded textile companies is so important?
Learning about and establishing a good relationship with our textile partners is as important to us as using eco-friendly materials. It’s our responsibility as clothing designers and producers to ask the questions and learn more about our partners’ values, certifications, best practices for sustainability along with understanding their relationship and best practices with their partners. One of FabricSights essential guidelines, for example, is global sustainability. We share the same values in providing high quality and sustainable products to our customers.
In return, our partners like to get to know us in order to best meet our desires for beautiful and sustainable fabrics for our collection. Read FabricSights story on Together Segal if you want to take a deeper look into our creation of a fashion brand and where we’d like to go from here to serve our petite and small fashion brand community.
What is Cupro and is it considered sustainable?
Cupro is a regenerated cellulose fabric that is made from recycled cotton linter. Cotton linter is dissolved into a cuprammonium solution and spun into fiber and then the fiber is spun into yarn. One set of the yarns is passed across lengthwise (warp) while the other set is passed across the width (weft). These two sets of yarns are interlocked together to form the woven fabric, Cupro. The way the fabric looks, feels and reacts when it is worn and washed depends on how it is woven. There are different types of Cupro fabrics based on their weaving methods. They include Cupro Satin, Plain Cupro and Cupro Twill. Cupro material is breathable and regulates temperature like cotton, drapes elegantly, and feels like silk.
Cupro Linen Twill, used for the Mara dress, has a diagonal grainline that can be seen on both sides. It is soft, comfortable and durable. Also, it dries faster than cotton. Dresses, jackets, blouses, trousers and lightweight vests can be made with Curpo Linen Twill.
Why Cupro is a sustainable fabric?
- It is made from cotton waste known as linter.
- It is made from 100% plant-based materials which makes it biodegradable.
- It is produced in a closed loop. The chemicals used to produce the fabric can be extracted and reused. The water also can be reused.
- Less quantity of dye is needed to obtain a color for the fabric because it absorbs dye easily compared to other fabrics.
- It is cruelty free because no animals were hurt in the making.
How do you care for Cupro linen twill?
- Cool hand wash or gentle machine wash with natural detergent.
- Lay flat to air dry or hang to dry.
- Steamer - for the best and safest finish.
- Iron - set iron temperature to low setting.