Hemp is a wonderfully sustainable fabric.
It is grown without the need for harmful chemicals, uses less water and actually helps clean the air. It is naturally better for our environment, producers and wildlife. The contemporary feel of the fabric is known for its durability and sustainability but you may not know that it can be made in to all styles of fabric, woven, jersey and knitted. We use a classic woven fabric for our jackets.
The texture is similar to linen but more tightly woven and it doesn't crease like linen so is a perfect alternative for a summer jacket.
It is one of those fabrics that simply gets better and better with age. The more it is worn the more it moulds to the body and relaxes, producing a delightfully soft, worn in look.
Hemp is one of the most eco friendly fabrics available. Unlike cotton, the plant needs little help to thrive and has a relatively short growth cycle, as well as needing less water to grow. In fact it is a weed-like grass, growing so prolifically and tightly spaced that it has no use for herbicides as it outgrows other weeds. It is naturally resistant to most pests, so there is also no need for pesticides. With its deep root system it grows without negatively affecting the soil and can therefore be grown consecutively for several years. In fact, growing hemp adds more than it takes out of the land, unlike cotton which depletes the soil of its nutrients. It offers protection to some other crops grown alongside it, so also makes a great companion crop. There is no wonder that hemp has been grown for centuries, it’s just somewhat surprising that its production ever declined.
Hemp fabric is very strong and durable and is known to be naturally resistant to mould and bacteria. The word canvas actually used to relate only to hemp. It blocks UV rays more effectively than other fabrics, is very absorbent and, with its insulative qualities, keeps you cool when its hot and warm when its cool. It also allows the skin to breathe.
Our jackets are all bespoke so please simply contact us to arrange a time for you to book in to see us in our Cirencester Showroom or take advantage of our visiting tailor service.