What is wool?

Wool’s unique properties make it an enduring favourite

Wool’s unique properties make it an enduring favourite
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It might seem like a stupid question, but how much do you actually know about your 100% pure new wool garments? Chances are, not much, but here in the UK, we’ve fought wars over wool, and the economies of some of the former British dominions were founded on it.

Wool is a renewable textile with unique properties, and when expertly tailored, looks rather natty on a dapper dresser. Here’s everything you need to know about this traditional fabric.

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What is seersucker?

Effortlessly stylish - seersucker is the perfect summer jacket fabric

Effortlessly stylish – seersucker is the perfect summer jacket fabric
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Seersucker is cotton cloth with a dappled texture made through a process known as slack weaving. The name comes from the Persian, shīroshakar, meaning “milk and sugar”. This refers to the original way of making the cloth which involved weaving alternate threads of silk and cotton. When washed, the cotton would shrink and the silk would not, giving the cloth its crinkled look.

Seersucker is an elegant summer fabric. Perfect for regatta season, summer weddings, parties and graduations, seersucker keeps you seriously cool when the weather warms.
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What is linen?

A stylish linen suit from Samuel Windsor keeps you cool and comfortable all summer long

A stylish linen suit keeps you cool and comfortable all summer long
Image source: Blue linen suit from Samuel Windsor

Woven from flax fibres, linen is one of the oldest fabrics on the planet. Prized by the ancient Egyptians who used it as money, the mummified pharaohs were wrapped in it to signify status and purity.

Linen has many excellent qualities: it’s tougher than cotton, lasts longer, is hypoallergenic, keeps you cool in summer, warm in winter and is among the most stylish and comfortable fabrics you can wear. Here’s our guide to all things linen.
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