Originally Posted by Shirtmaven
do we know the price that SG sells the fabric to the trade at?
i do not. so there could have been a very large mark up added by the price by he assorted distributors, and shirtmakers..
I know of a mill in Europe that is off the radar.. They produce an excellent 80% cotton/20% poly shirting.
I even made one up for myself years ago. Poly/cotton makes me very hot. I did not wear the shirt that often.
but as a blend, i was very impressed. much better then the liquid ammonia dipped 100% cotton wrinkle free shirts
a quality blend does exist. But blends in this country are considered very low quality. Most were very low quality.
maybe this work shirt chambray was woven with Poly so the workers would not have to spend too much time ironing out a shirt in the morning.
I would guess that the fabric was developed because certain French unions wanted their workers to wear garments produced in France. from fabric to finished product.
this is only an educated guess.
at some point someone thought it would be "cool" to make a dress shirt from this fabric.
someone else of sartorial influence saw the shirt and wanted one. this is how trends are started.
go look at SWD. they have been wearing "chambray" shirts for years.
going back to the original point of this one shirt thread.
I suggested using an End on end. or a finer version of pinpoint oxford.
the chambray would look dated in another year. Trends have there expatriation date.
While a truly classic fabric could be worn until the shirt needs to be retired, or have collars and cuffs replaced.
do you all remember when the Italians wore nothing but French Blue end on end?
where is that trend now?