Glossary

Ventile was created to save the lives of Air Force personnel flying over the Atlantic in wartime England. Pilots needed a garment that was cool and comfortable in the cockpit, but warm and impenetrable if it came into contact with water. Ventile extended life expectancy in the sea tenfold, which made rescue a real possibility. 80% of pilots who fell into the sea would now survive. The unique weatherproof qualities of the fabric ensured that it was also widely championed by outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers alike. 

 

Emsig Manufacturing Corporation was founded in 1928 by the Emsig family. The initial market strategy, as it remains today, was to produce the highest quality button products for their customers.  From the humble beginnings, complicated with the very difficult financial times of the early 30’s, Emsig emerged as a formidable button manufacturing company over the ensuing years. Today, Emsig Manufacturing is managed by third and fourth generation family members, and through all the years of innovation and expansion.


Corozo is a 100% natural product which is similar in consistency to a hard resin and is non-toxic and child safe. Also known as tagua, it is often referred to as "vegetable ivory." At a microscopic level, corozo is made up of very tightly wound organic fibers which give it excellent durability and scratch resistance. It's porous nature allows colors to penetrate deep into the surface which makes it an excellent material for dyeing. Corozo is also well known for its elegant natural grain; a unique pattern that, much like a fingerprint, ensures no two buttons are exactly alike.  They are dry-clean washable, scratch and high temperature resistant and impact resistant that will not crack or splinter.


Silkara is a Three-part system of densely woven soft waterproof fabric with micro-porous polyurethane coating and DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Waterproof, windproof, and breathable fabric system that produces durable, performance fabric.  Silkara Fabric Uses: Outerwear, skiwear, rainwear, hunting & cycling apparel.


Coats Epic Thread is a high quality, polyester corespun that is precisely engineered to create durable, attractive seams.  is a stronger, more durable, precisely engineered sewing thread whose superior performance results in benefits to customers such as lower repair rates, increased productivity, world-class quality and greater abrasion resistance.


Horween Leather Company was founded in 1905. For more than 100 years and five generations our goal has been to make the world's best leather. Making the best means doing lots of little things right. It means never mistaking fastest or cheapest with the best. It means always using formulas that do not cut corners, and choosing components strictly for their quality. The products include traditional, old world tannages and techniques, carefully updated with modern applications. Today, the leathers are still made by hand, the same way as generations ago and are all processed at the corner of Elston and Ashland in Chicago, Illinois, USA.  


Tall Mother of Pearl buttons is a composite material produced from the inner layer of pearl oysters (also called nacre), it is also the material of which pearls are composed. It is strong, resilient, and iridescent that are a classic detail favorited by high-quality shirt makers. Made they have a little more depth of color than plastic resin buttons do. The 7/16” diameter and 4mm thickness means the buttons are more resistant to cracking and will not dissolve after repeated washes unlike resin plastic buttons can.


Loro Piana, originally from Trivero in northern Italy, the family began trading wool in the early 1800s and in 1924, Pietro Loro Piana founded Ing. Loro Piana & C., the current company which produces superlative textiles and luxury goods using the world's finest, rarest raw materials. The pursuit of excellence has been its mission for six generations.  Now the world’s foremost cashmere processor, Loro Piana prides itself on sourcing the very finest, rarest raw materials the world has to offer, including unique cashmere from baby goats in northern China and Mongolia, vicuña from the Andes, extra-fine Merino wool from Australia and New Zealand and lotus flower fiber from Myanmar. The company draws on both time-honored traditions and state of the art technology to offer its discerning customers products that are renowned for their peerless quality. 
Loro Piana has come to set the benchmark for the world’s finest yarns and fabrics, thanks to its tireless investments in raw materials and production, and continued technical innovation. The company controls every stage of production to its exacting standards, from the collection of the natural fibers, right down to the delivery of the finished products to its stores. Loro Piana’s commitment to the sustainability of these rare, exclusive fibers has resulted in long term conservation programs to safeguard the animals and their habitats. By forging exclusive partnerships with suppliers round the world, it supports and encourages ongoing research and development right from the source. Loro Piana uses these unique raw materials to produce its world-renowned textiles and exceptional luxury goods, which are all meticulously crafted in Italy by some of the country’s most skillful artisans. Tradition and innovation inspire the company’s uncompromising vision of quality.


Solbiati, a subsidiary of Loro Piana, was established in Busto Arsizio in 1874, the small family firm transformed into a full-scale business on the eve of the first World War through exports countries in the Mediterranean rim, India and South American.  In the 1960s the Solbiati family, upon analyzing the market, pivoted from artificial fibers in favor of focusing on linen. With linen being the only natural fiber produced in Europe on an industrial scale, flax is grown mainly in Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands; however, not all linen is the same, and there are around twenty varieties grown in Western Europe. Solbiati chooses only the highest quality fibers to create fine fabrics that respect all the natural characteristics of the natural fibre. Linen is the strongest of all the natural fibers used in textile products. Its tensile strength is second only to that of special steels. Its high cellulose content effectively reinforces the fibre, giving linen fabrics an extraordinary level of dimensional stability, high mechanical resistance and an unmatched lifespan.  The fact of being hollow allows linen fibre to play an important thermo-regulating role, which combined with is readiness to absorb moisture, makes it comfortable in all seasons as well as hypoallergenic features with causes no skin irritation.


Thomas Mason, established in the late eighteenth century, Thomas Mason was one of the leading figures of the English textile industry.  He founded in Leeds one of the first factories to manufacture cotton shirt fabric. More than two centuries later, the principles of groundbreaking technology, exclusivity and sophistication is a brand that has coupled craftsmanship and obsessive attention to detail with the complexities of an industrial production process to guarantee maximum quality.
Utilizing only Goldline, the highest level Thomas Mason service program, specifically Giza 87, which does not degrade over time and, on the contrary, with each wash the fabric will return to its original silky handle is cultivated in a small area of the Nile delta, thanks to particular climatic conditions and the fertility of the earth, Giza 87 represents less than 0.5% of the total annual Egyptian production thus allowing fibers to reach the fineness, the silky handle and the softness of the best shirting fabrics.


The Riri Group/Cobrax is an Italian based zipper and hardware manufacturer, with production based in Italy and Switzerland produces materials upon order request. They are one of the leading zipper manufacturers in the world. Founded in 1936, Riri has been in business for over 80 years. They were the first to patent die cast zipper on Nylon, putting zipper teeth and tape into one piece.  Internationally renown for their high quality and durability including subjecting zippers to 160 pounds of pressure without breaking, Riri is recognized for their high standard in quality and is the choice of many high end fashion houses. Acquired in 2008 for its strong record and reputation as a hardware designer and supplier, Cobrax, a subsidiary of The Riri Group, is a 40 year old manufacturer and global leader in buttons, snaps and rivets.


Kuroki Mills, is a family run business founded in 1950 and headquartered in Okayama, Japan, which over the last 400 years has grown from a region which grew cotton and indigo establish local and industry and stimulate economy, into a hub for denim production, is one of two mills in Japan that indigo dyes their thread in-house from start to finish under one roof. It is an internationally renowned leader of sustainability in the Japanese denim industry that is committed to the implementation of more environmentally responsible initiatives into the production process, such as recycling and purifying the dye water and using more solar power.
To control the quality, lead time and manage production issues effectively, the Kuroki Merchant Facility was built to finish the material in 1988 and Kuroki Dyeing Facility, which is a rope-dyeing factory in 1996. Yarn remains sourced externally to have greater selections, but finish the whole production process thereafter in-house.


Schulte-Mohair, in 1901 Reinhard Schulte opened his own factory in Duisberg, Germany weaving fur fabrics. Not long after the creator of the teddy bear Richard Steiff, asked Herr Schulte to weave fabrics that could be used to make his new teddy bear creations. And so began a partnership between Schulte and the world famous Steiff collectable teddy bears which still endures today.  Its Schulte Mohair is made from one of nature's first sources of fibre, the Angora goat. The fur of the Angora goat is naturally white, curly and shiny. Its fibers have a remarkable strength when made into a pile fabric. These characteristics, together with its silky feel and sheen, make mohair one of the finest fibers offered by nature.
For over a century Schulte of Duisberg has been weaving the finest in fur fabrics. This long tradition of "know how" developed over many generations, together with huge investments in the latest technology and production processes, make Schulte fabrics without equal world wide.  All Schulte fabrics are meticulously checked before leaving the factory. Unlike other manufacturers, every aspect of production from weaving through to dying and finishing (i.e. perming and curling) takes place in Schulte's Duisberg factory. This guarantees that the highest standards of quality control are maintained over the entire production process to ensure that flawless material.  
Today the company is the world leader in weaving mohair fur fabrics. The name "Schulte" has become synonymous with the finest quality fur fabrics and as the world's largest supplier of mohair and alpaca fur fabrics.  


British Millerain was founded in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK in 1880 by a group of laborers and academics. Early sea-farers, were at the mercy of rain, wind and icy waves which could make the return to shore daunting and as such devised a way of weather proofing their crude canvas smocks through the use of linseed oil which they discovered protected their skin from the elements thus began the application of finishes to fabrications and the seed of waterproofing and water resistant fabrics were planted. Towards the end of the 1880s, the company began to develop fabrics which would suit a wide variety of clothing requirements, from the rigors of life in the armed forces to the demands of country pursuits. Since the advent of the first patented Millerain rainproof finish in 1894, they have expanded the waterproof offerings into apparel and commercial markets.
Through more than a century of refinement, development and testing, have earned a reputation as the leading manufacturer of Waxed Cottons and practical, aesthetic fabrics for outdoor applications.

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