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Today’s weather is a temperamental beast at the best of times - this meteorological fickleness makes it pretty difficult to know what to put on your back before you leave the house in the morning. Luckily, we have a solution for tackling this sartorial dilemma in the form of brushed cotton shirts. We interviewed Luca Faloni, founder of the brand, and Chiara Rubinelli, from Italian artisanal mill Grandi & Rubinelli, who supplies the brushed cotton we use in our shirts, to find out the virtues of this wonder cloth.

What is brushed cotton?

As the name suggests, it is a woven cotton fabric, which has then been brushed to create an exquisitely soft texture, that’s akin to cashmere. “Usually, when most fabrics are finished, a flame is applied to singe away any raised fibres so it’s surface is completely smooth. Brushed cotton undergoes the complete opposite treatment. We do not remove the fluff on the surface of cloth, but instead, exaggerate it. We do this using specially engineered mechanical metal brushes, which teases the fibres out from the surface of the fabric. It’s a technique that goes back many centuries – originally, it was done using the dry, spikey heads of thistles. This creates a beautifully soft handle, similar to a fine wool cloth, but it’s incredibly comfortable against the skin, absent of any itchiness”, explains Chiara Rubinelli.

Why is it such a prized fabric?

The reason why manufacturers go through all this effort to achieve this finish, is not just about aesthetics. “This highly textured finish greatly improves the insulation capabilities of the fabric, which means it’s ideal to wear during changeable weather conditions” says Rubinelli. This may sound like an obscure claim at first glance, but there is actually a scientific backing to this – the raised, fluffy fibres traps more air particles, which retain body heat – just like multiple layers of clothing. In addition you won’t be subjected to prickly heat when the sun comes out, making it perfect for those tricky transition months. “This cloth, characterised by a soft, comforting, teddy bear-like texture, has been woven to be lightweight and breathable, following the Italian tradition of featherweight flannels, which are much lighter than typical American lumberjack cloths” says Chiara.

Attention to detail is key here: the firm uses a double twist cotton yarn, which is renowned for its exceptional fineness, as well as enhanced durability. “This technique means that there less risk of pilling than with single-twist yarn fabrics, which are less robust”.

Early stages in the production of brushed cotton

Today’s weather is a temperamental beast at the best of times - this meteorological fickleness makes it pretty difficult to know what to put on your back before you leave the house in the morning. Luckily, we have a solution for tackling this sartorial dilemma in the form of brushed cotton shirts. We interviewed Luca Faloni, founder of the brand, and Chiara Rubinelli, from Italian artisanal mill Grandi & Rubinelli, who supplies the brushed cotton we use in our shirts, to find out the virtues of this wonder cloth.

What is brushed cotton?

As the name suggests, it is a woven cotton fabric, which has then been brushed to create an exquisitely soft texture, that’s akin to cashmere. “Usually, when most fabrics are finished, a flame is applied to singe away any raised fibres so it’s surface is completely smooth. Brushed cotton undergoes the complete opposite treatment. We do not remove the fluff on the surface of cloth, but instead, exaggerate it. We do this using specially engineered mechanical metal brushes, which teases the fibres out from the surface of the fabric. It’s a technique that goes back many centuries – originally, it was done using the dry, spikey heads of thistles. This creates a beautifully soft handle, similar to a fine wool cloth, but it’s incredibly comfortable against the skin, absent of any itchiness”, explains Chiara Rubinelli.

Sometimes, a leather belt can enliven your style like nothing else: a garment that will enhance the quality of any outfit and that you'll love wearing for years to come.

Leather belts of the highest quality ensure durability and uniqueness for your everyday wardrobe. They hold their shape nicely and adapt easily, becoming more comfortable over time and providing a stylish look even after countless uses.

They’re also highly versatile garments that fit perfectly with both casual and formal attires. You won’t need a plethora of belts, as long as you own a few in neutral colours to put on that will work on any occasion.

Today we’ll look into what makes our handcrafted leather belts unique and why they’re the ultimate choice to enhance all kinds of styles.

Early stages in the production of brushed cotton

Sometimes, a leather belt can enliven your style like nothing else: a garment that will enhance the quality of any outfit and that you'll love wearing for years to come.

Leather belts of the highest quality ensure durability and uniqueness for your everyday wardrobe. They hold their shape nicely and adapt easily, becoming more comfortable over time and providing a stylish look even after countless uses.

They’re also highly versatile garments that fit perfectly with both casual and formal attires. You won’t need a plethora of belts, as long as you own a few in neutral colours to put on that will work on any occasion.

Today we’ll look into what makes our handcrafted leather belts unique and why they’re the ultimate choice to enhance all kinds of styles.

Why is it such a prized fabric?

The reason why manufacturers go through all this effort to achieve this finish, is not just about aesthetics. “This highly textured finish greatly improves the insulation capabilities of the fabric, which means it’s ideal to wear during changeable weather conditions” says Rubinelli. This may sound like an obscure claim at first glance, but there is actually a scientific backing to this – the raised, fluffy fibres traps more air particles, which retain body heat – just like multiple layers of clothing. In addition you won’t be subjected to prickly heat when the sun comes out, making it perfect for those tricky transition months. “This cloth, characterised by a soft, comforting, teddy bear-like texture, has been woven to be lightweight and breathable, following the Italian tradition of featherweight flannels, which are much lighter than typical American lumberjack cloths” says Chiara.

Attention to detail is key here: the firm uses a double twist cotton yarn, which is renowned for its exceptional fineness, as well as enhanced durability. “This technique means that there less risk of pilling than with single-twist yarn fabrics, which are less robust”.

Sometimes, a leather belt can enliven your style like nothing else: a garment that will enhance the quality of any outfit and that you'll love wearing for years to come.

Leather belts of the highest quality ensure durability and uniqueness for your everyday wardrobe. They hold their shape nicely and adapt easily, becoming more comfortable over time and providing a stylish look even after countless uses.

They’re also highly versatile garments that fit perfectly with both casual and formal attires. You won’t need a plethora of belts, as long as you own a few in neutral colours to put on that will work on any occasion.

Today we’ll look into what makes our handcrafted leather belts unique and why they’re the ultimate choice to enhance all kinds of styles.

Turin contains multitudes: a city that’s both industrial and artistic, ancient and modern, an amazing place of history and beauty where you can experience the authentic Italian lifestyle at its absolute best.

Torino is the northernmost major city in Italy, facing the majestic Alps and constantly caressed by its breeze. Yet, the city feels Mediterranean, with an atmosphere reminiscent of a southern flair that couldn't be more different from the hectic, metropolitan style of nearby Milan.

Nestled between the Po River and the Alps, Turin was a major national and European political centre for centuries. It was the first capital of unified Italy (the Kingdom of Italy), and the then-governing House of Savoy built majestic palaces and a modern infrastructure to celebrate the city’s importance.

Like most Italian cities, Turin went through a series of significant historical changes that determined its architecture and aura. It was one of the country's first and most industrialised cities between the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century; together with Milan, Turin and its industry laid the foundations for the post-war Italian miracolo industriale: it is, to this day, a crucial crossroad for industry, commerce, and trade.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your next trip to Turin, here's what you can do in 24 hours in one of the most beautiful Italian cities.

What’s so great about the cloth used in Luca Faloni Brushed Cotton Shirts?

“Unlike many cloth manufacturers, our supplier controls the entire process from start to finish, and keeps all aspects of the operations in Italy” says Luca Faloni, founder of our brand. And as Chiara confirms: “Our brushed-cotton fabric is entirely made in Italy. We buy the yarn directly, which is dyed locally, then it undergoes stringent quality checks by our team. We carry out warping and weaving operations in our own offices or with independent weavers in the local vicinity. The finishing is carried out by those who specialize in the finishing of high quality shirt fabrics and practice techniques that have been perfected over generations. Everything is done within a few miles, so it enables us to keep a good handle on every stage of the process”.

Our calf leather belts are the embodiment of timeless charm: built from full-grain vegetable tanned leather from Santa Croce. They will only get better with age and will last a lifetime, enriching your wardrobe and heightening the elegance of your formal outfits, but will also enhance your jeans and everyday style. The nubuck leather at the back of the belt adds a touch of understated luxury that won’t go unnoticed.

The calf leather offers the best durability and quality that will stand the test of time. Our reversible calf leather belts are essentially two belts in one, becoming the ideal choice for travellers also thanks to the luxury dust bag to store it.

Weaving of brushed cotton

What’s so great about the cloth used in Luca Faloni brushed cotton shirts?

“Unlike many cloth manufacturers, our supplier controls the entire process from start to finish, and keeps all aspects of the operations in Italy” says Luca Faloni, founder of our brand. And as Chiara confirms: “Our brushed-cotton fabric is entirely made in Italy. We buy the yarn directly, which is dyed locally, then it undergoes stringent quality checks by our team. We carry out warping and weaving operations in our own offices or with independent weavers in the local vicinity. The finishing is carried out by those who specialize in the finishing of high quality shirt fabrics and practice techniques that have been perfected over generations. Everything is done within a few miles, so it enables us to keep a good handle on every stage of the process”.

Weaving of brushed cotton

Why wear it?

“When we decided to introduce brushed cotton shirts to the range, we were looking for something to suit the mid-season, autumn and spring months, although in region with colder climates, brushed cotton can be worn throughout the whole year, as the evenings tend to be quite cool” says Luca Faloni. “It provides protection against wind chill, but it doesn’t make you feel overheated. Usually, during cooler spells, you might need to wear a V-neck in-between your shirt and jacket, but with brushed cotton you don’t have to as it’s such a good insulator; it saves you the trouble of bulking up with multiple layers” he adds. “People normally are used to poplin or Oxford cotton which are very fresh, crisp and light; brushed cotton has all the comfort of a T-shirt, but is a far more premium and elegant material. Additionally our smart ‘paramontura’ collar on our shirts provides structure and elegance, as do the mother-of-pearl buttons. All these elements give our brushed-cotton shirts a distinct point of difference”.

Final stage in production

How to wear it?

“Brushed cotton shirts come across as very polished, but not overly formal. It’s incredibly versatile as a shirting fabric – you can wear it to the office and dress it up with a suit or blazer, but it works equally well with indigo denim and chinos at the weekend. It has a relaxed luxury to it, which is why I find it so appealing. I think of it as the mid-season equivalent of linen, which can be worn to the beach or with a suit – it’s a great all-rounder for nearly any occasion” says Faloni. This is the perfect time to think about how a brushed cotton shirt could work with the existing items in your wardrobe. The softer, earthy shades like moss green and nocciola brown will look relaxed yet smart teamed with selvedge jeans and calf-leather boots at the weekend, while the grey and dark-blue styles will make a superb office-ready look when paired with your favourite navy suit.

Brushed Cotton Shirt in Light Blue

Final stage in production

Sometimes, a leather belt can enliven your style like nothing else: a garment that will enhance the quality of any outfit and that you'll love wearing for years to come.

Leather belts of the highest quality ensure durability and uniqueness for your everyday wardrobe. They hold their shape nicely and adapt easily, becoming more comfortable over time and providing a stylish look even after countless uses.

They’re also highly versatile garments that fit perfectly with both casual and formal attires. You won’t need a plethora of belts, as long as you own a few in neutral colours to put on that will work on any occasion.

Today we’ll look into what makes our handcrafted leather belts unique and why they’re the ultimate choice to enhance all kinds of styles.

Why wear it?

“When we decided to introduce brushed cotton shirts to the range, we were looking for something to suit the mid-season, autumn and spring months, although in region with colder climates, brushed cotton can be worn throughout the whole year, as the evenings tend to be quite cool” says Luca Faloni. “It provides protection against wind chill, but it doesn’t make you feel overheated. Usually, during cooler spells, you might need to wear a V-neck in-between your shirt and jacket, but with brushed cotton you don’t have to as it’s such a good insulator; it saves you the trouble of bulking up with multiple layers” he adds. “People normally are used to poplin or Oxford cotton which are very fresh, crisp and light; brushed cotton has all the comfort of a T-shirt, but is a far more premium and elegant material. Additionally our smart ‘paramontura’ collar on our shirts provides structure and elegance, as do the mother-of-pearl buttons. All these elements give our brushed-cotton shirts a distinct point of difference”.

How to wear it?

“Brushed cotton shirts come across as very polished, but not overly formal. It’s incredibly versatile as a shirting fabric – you can wear it to the office and dress it up with a suit or blazer, but it works equally well with indigo denim and chinos at the weekend. It has a relaxed luxury to it, which is why I find it so appealing. I think of it as the mid-season equivalent of linen, which can be worn to the beach or with a suit – it’s a great all-rounder for nearly any occasion” says Faloni.

This is the perfect time to think about how a brushed cotton shirt could work with the existing items in your wardrobe. The softer, earthy shades like moss green and nocciola brown will look relaxed yet smart teamed with selvedge jeans and calf-leather boots at the weekend, while the grey and dark-blue styles will make a superb office-ready look when paired with your favourite navy suit.

Our calf leather belts are the embodiment of timeless charm: built from full-grain vegetable tanned leather from Santa Croce. They will only get better with age and will last a lifetime, enriching your wardrobe and heightening the elegance of your formal outfits, but will also enhance your jeans and everyday style. The nubuck leather at the back of the belt adds a touch of understated luxury that won’t go unnoticed.

The calf leather offers the best durability and quality that will stand the test of time. Our reversible calf leather belts are essentially two belts in one, becoming the ideal choice for travellers also thanks to the luxury dust bag to store it.

Brushed Cotton Shirt in Light Blue

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Today’s weather is a temperamental beast at the best of times - this meteorological fickleness makes it pretty difficult to know what to put on your back before you leave the house in the morning. Luckily, we have a solution for tackling this sartorial dilemma in the form of brushed cotton shirts. We interviewed Luca Faloni, founder of the brand, and Chiara Rubinelli, from Italian artisanal mill Grandi & Rubinelli, who supplies the brushed cotton we use in our shirts, to find out the virtues of this wonder cloth.

What is brushed cotton?

As the name suggests, it is a woven cotton fabric, which has then been brushed to create an exquisitely soft texture, that’s akin to cashmere. “Usually, when most fabrics are finished, a flame is applied to singe away any raised fibres so it’s surface is completely smooth. Brushed cotton undergoes the complete

opposite treatment. We do not remove the fluff on the surface of cloth, but instead, exaggerate it. We do this using specially engineered mechanical metal brushes, which teases the fibres out from the surface of the fabric. It’s a technique that goes back many centuries – originally, it was done using the dry, spikey heads of thistles. This creates a beautifully soft handle, similar to a fine wool cloth, but it’s incredibly comfortable against the skin, absent of any itchiness”, explains Chiara Rubinelli.

Early stages in the production of brushed cotton

Why is it such a prized fabric?

The reason why manufacturers go through all this effort to achieve this finish, is not just about aesthetics. “This highly textured finish greatly improves the insulation capabilities of the fabric, which means it’s ideal to wear during changeable weather conditions” says

Rubinelli. This may sound like an obscure claim at first glance, but there is actually a scientific backing to this – the raised, fluffy fibres traps more air particles, which retain body heat – just like multiple layers of clothing. In addition you won’t be subjected to prickly heat when the sun comes out, making it perfect for those tricky transition months. “This cloth, characterised by a soft, comforting, teddy bear-like texture, has been woven to be lightweight and breathable, following the Italian tradition of featherweight flannels, which are much lighter than typical American lumberjack cloths” says Chiara.

Attention to detail is key here: the firm uses a double twist cotton yarn, which is renowned for its exceptional fineness, as well as enhanced durability. “This technique means that there less risk of pilling than with single-twist yarn fabrics, which are less robust”.

What's so great about the cloth used in Luca Faloni Brushed Cotton Shirts?

“Unlike many cloth manufacturers, our supplier controls the entire process from start to finish, and keeps all aspects of the operations in Italy” says Luca Faloni, founder of our brand. And as Chiara confirms: “Our brushed-cotton fabric is entirely made in Italy. We buy the yarn directly, which is dyed locally, then it undergoes stringent quality checks by our team.

Early stages in the production of brushed cotton

We carry out warping and weaving operations in our own offices or with independent weavers in the local vicinity. The finishing is carried out by those who specialize in the finishing of high quality shirt fabrics and practice techniques that have been perfected over generations. Everything is done within a few miles, so it enables us to keep a good handle on every stage of the process”.

Final stage in production

Why wear it?

“When we decided to introduce brushed cotton shirts to the range, we were looking for something to suit the mid-season, autumn and spring months, although in region with colder climates, brushed cotton can be worn throughout the whole year, as the evenings tend to be quite cool” says Luca Faloni. “It

provides protection against wind chill, but it doesn’t make you feel overheated. Usually, during cooler spells, you might need to wear a V-neck in-between your shirt and jacket, but with brushed cotton you don’t have to as it’s such a good insulator; it saves you the trouble of bulking up with multiple layers” he adds. “People normally are used to poplin or Oxford cotton which are very fresh, crisp and light; brushed cotton has all the comfort of a T-shirt, but is a far more premium and elegant material. Additionally our smart ‘paramontura’ collar on our shirts provides structure and elegance, as do the mother-of-pearl buttons. All these elements give our brushed-cotton shirts a distinct point of difference”.

How to wear it?

“Brushed cotton shirts come across as very polished, but not overly formal. It’s incredibly versatile as a shirting fabric – you can wear it to the office and dress it up with a suit or blazer, but it works equally well with indigo denim and chinos at the weekend. It has a relaxed luxury to it, which is why I find it so appealing. I think of it as the mid-season equivalent of linen, which can be worn to the beach or with a suit – it’s a great all-rounder for nearly any occasion” says Faloni.

This is the perfect time to think about how a brushed cotton shirt could work with the existing items in your wardrobe. The softer, earthy shades like moss green and nocciola brown will

Brushed Cotton Shirt in Light Blue

look relaxed yet smart teamed with selvedge jeans and calf-leather boots at the weekend, while the grey and dark-blue styles will make a superb office-ready look when paired with your favourite navy suit.