Originally Posted by jman1204
Does anyone know what the weight of a classic Ralph Lauren polo is?
Or how about Lacoste or Brooks Brothers?
Also, do you know what the standard GSM (grams per square meter) is for a good, high quality polo?
Secondly, why are RL, Lacoste, and BB polos generally talked about as durable and high quality.
They are pretty standard at 100% cotton I believe. They're not even pima cotton from what I can find.
If someone could comment on what it specifically is that makes them long lasting and makes them have great color retension, that would be terrific!
Great questions jman1204!
High quality can actually come both from fabrics that are heavier (> 200 GSM) , thicker and softer or extremely light weight (< 100 GSM), thin and soft. Another qualification is the count of the yarn (20's, 30's, 40's, etc...) and whether it is Single stitch or double stitch. A higher count cotton is typically thinner. No brands really ever disclose this, they simply say 100% cotton. Another factor becomes the type of cotton used (Jersey, Pique, Interlock, etc...) These represent different weaves of cotton. And largely based on personal preference and what occasions you may wear your garment for. Piques are more sporty and less formal, whereas jersey can be dressed up a tad more, as far as casual wear goes. There is also, as you mentioned, PIMA quality in all of these weaves of cotton. Originally from Peru. Pima is a longer staple cotton that is known to be more stable and durable. However, that is not always the case. Most cotton knits, pima included, that are not yarn manipulated or pre-washed will lose its shape after one or two washes, if not careful. READ: don't wash in hot water and use high heat to dry. Instead wash cold water gentle cycle and dry in cool temps or hang dry. Even when careful, however, cottons dyes will begin to fade and most cotton will also start to pill. Washing is the big enemy to cotton (including denim)!
We at Vastrm, have scoured the mills around the world to find cottons that will maintain their color and shape\, wash after wash. Here is a photo of the results of our extensive testing; out cotton vs. standard cottons you find on any of the brands you mention above. (20 washes in industrial strength machines).
Hope this helps. Feel free to ping me direct if you need any more color on the topic :)