I like the feel of lightweight, smooth cotton shirt fabric that is a bit cool to the touch, almost like silk. I have tried Charles Tyrwhitt and T.M. Lewin, but they don't feel as smooth or light as I'd like them to.
Do any of you know what makers have this type of shirts? I have read about (Su)pima cotton that supposedly has "exceptional smoothness" according to Lands' End. Are they like this? Any others?
the numbering system for cotton is somewhat useless to the consumer these days.
most of the mills are producing single ply compact yarns. 60/1, 70/1, even 80/1
they are then finished with all sorts of resins and chemical finishes that give broadcloth fabric a super soft and slick finish.
you may like those "silk Like fabrics" but they are sort of fake in my opinion.
Mills like Grandi & Rubenelli actually weave in lower yarn counts, (as well as high yarn counts) but , the raw material is better so the fabric does not have to be masked with high tech finishes.