Organic Cotton: Originals Collection
The choice of making our first collection with 100% organic cotton canvas was a no-brainer.
Organic cotton is more self-sufficient than regular cotton. It requires less pesticides, insecticides and water to grow. This is because of crop rotation and the use of mainly composted fertilisers, which provide more nutrients to the soil and allow nature to take care of any pests, weeds and diseases naturally.
But there’s another reason we like it.
In cotton growing regions, organic cotton can also be a catalyst for social change. It’s much healthier for the farmers to handle and delivers a premium to their families, creating a better standard of living.
Finding high quality organic cotton, durable enough for us to use in a 20oz canvas, was a challenge. After 6 months of research and testing, we found what we were looking for at a specialist supplier in North-East China – high quality, IMO certified, 100% organic cotton fibres spun into organic yarns for our 20oz organic cotton outer fabrics and 7oz organic brushed cotton lining.
Third party organic certification has proven crucial to us as from the start. We’ve visited most of our component suppliers in person, but have had to rely on others to help us understand the rest.
For the certification aficionados out there: our raw cotton, yarn and fabric is certified OE100 IMO.
Dyeing & Coating
Our organic canvas is treated with reactive dyes, which means it chemically bonds to the fibres. The cotton absorbs 70% of the dye and uses less water than conventional dyeing processes.
The other benefit of using reactive dyes is that they don’t need toxic mordants, which are often used to achieve good colour fastness – plus our dye also contains fewer heavy metals.
We weatherproof our organic canvas with a PU coating on the back of the fabric (200-300 hydrostatic head rating). This technique helps to achieve a more saturated level of water resistance. The face of the fabric is then treated with a C6 DWR coating. We are in the process of developing fluorocarbon-free options with our partners, expected to launch within the next few seasons.
Regular Cotton: Maverick Collection
Our unique Bionic® Canvas used for the Maverick Collection is made from a yarn created from three different elements – CORE (5% high tenacity polyester), SHEATH (57% single wrap recycled polyester) and HELIX OUTER WRAP (38% double helix cotton).
The cotton fibres that make up the helix wrap are 1 1/8 inches long. This means they perform better, because there is more fibre length to spin. Cotton increases in strength when it’s wet, so we wanted this fibre exposed – and it also feels nicer to the touch.