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Polo Shirt Questions

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jman1204, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. jman1204

    jman1204 New Member

    Jul 25, 2013
    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!

  2. jtang108

    jtang108 Senior member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Bay Area San Francisco
    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 :)
  3. Jacques 147

    Jacques 147 New Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Like the gentleman said in the last email the higher the gsm , the finer, the lighter and more durable the fabric is. In regards to Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and tommy etc their gsm is anywhere from 220 gsm to 250 gsm. At present Pakistani is one of the biggest manufacturers of polo shirts, if you contact a factory there , they will have this particular information. High gsm is evident in regards to maintaining colour in the fabric and ensuring the garment keeps shape during the wash cycle. A general rule if you have a polo you wear all the time, you wash all the time and it keeps it's colour and shape , more than likely it has a high gsm.

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