Source materials

A detailed look at a few of the fabrics we meticulously
design to bring you quality first.

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Italian suedeWe sourced our suede from Conceria Zabri, an Italian tannery founded in 1971 that’s still family owned and operated. Suede comes from the inner-facing part of the hide, which makes it soft and velvety (leather is the outer-facing side). This particular suede is split hide, which creates a supple, pliable feel that lends itself well to clothing. Fun fact: The word “suede” comes from the French gants de Suède, which means “gloves from Sweden.”
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Camel hairThough this material has been used throughout history, camel-hair coats as we know them became popular in the 1920s and ’30s when they were worn by polo players to keep warm between matches. (The originals were secured only by a belt—no buttons.) Fans and college students adopted the style, which quickly became a staple on Ivy League campuses. Camel hair comes from the animal’s undercoat, so it’s soft, fine and highly insulative (the outer guard hair is extremely coarse and rarely used for clothing). Our camel hair is woven by Tollegno 1900 (established 1862 in Biella, Italy), which is one of the country’s last mills to still spin its own yarns, a process they’ve been perfecting for over 150 years.
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Midweight flannelThe first sign of fall isn’t changing leaves or cooler temps—it’s the return of flannel workshirts. Ours are based on vintage workwear and made with soft six-ounce cotton that’s brushed on both sides. The majority of the cotton we use is fully traceable to farms that are certified to the standards of Regenagri®, a regenerative agricultural program devoted to encouraging biodiversity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and securing the health of the land and the people who live and work there.
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Italian cotton moleskinThis soft, luxurious and rare Sea Island cotton moleskin is woven for us by Italy’s Duca Visconti di Modrone (est. 1838). Sea Island cotton (Gossypium barbadense) is considered the world’s best, and comes only from the West Indies where the climate supports its growth. To preserve its long fibers, this cotton is picked by hand and processed using traditional methods. The result is strong, luxurious fabric with a silklike handfeel. All Sea Island cotton is inspected and certified by the West Indian Sea Island Cotton Association.
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Brushed Portuguese cottonPortugal’s Somelos mill (est. 1958) specializes in lightweight fabrics with a focus on quality and craftsmanship—and this soft brushed cotton is no exception. In patterns inspired by vintage madras shirts, this fabric is less heavy than traditional flannel. While flannel is brushed on both sides, this cotton is brushed only on the exterior, which gives it a lighter feel that’s ideal for transitioning into fall.
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Heritage 14 oz. fleeceAs anyone who’s lost a favorite hoodie will tell you, not all sweatshirts are made equal. Our new hard-wearing, heavier-weight, varsity-inspired sweats are cut on the cross grain (an old-school method that helps minimize shrinkage). We use a substantial 14-ounce cotton-polyester blend that’s brushed on the inside for softness and built to withstand daily wear. In short, this is everything you want your sweats to be: durable, comfortable, made to last—and made to keep.
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CashmereWhen it comes to quality and color, no one does cashmere quite like we do. Our best-selling sweaters are the result of over 30 years of expertise, obsessing over fit, durability and handfeel. They’re soft and warm, while still being lightweight, which means they’re perfect to layer or to wear on their own. We’re proud to support responsible cashmere production through our partnership with the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF), a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agricultural development across the globe. As the foundation’s first U.S. member, we source cashmere that is certified to the AbTF’s The Good Cashmere Standard®, which ensures the welfare of the cashmere goats, protects natural resources and improves the working conditions of farmers and farmworkers in Inner Mongolia.
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Broken-in chinoWe’re reintroducing the Giant-fit chino, a silhouette pulled from our vintage catalog archives. This revamped version uses midweight 8.5-ounce 100 percent cotton twill that’s stone and enzyme washed, resulting in a finish that’s just soft enough to feel lived-in right from the first wear. By buying cotton products from J.Crew, you’re supporting more responsibly grown cotton through the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a not-for-profit organization that aims to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, the environment where it grows and the future of the industry.
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Premium-weight
cotton jersey
For our relaxed-fit tees, we use heavyweight, open-ended 7.4-ounce cotton that’s more durable and gutsy than a standard T-shirt. Inspired by heritage styles from the ’90s, this sturdy fabric is built to last and will only get better the more you wash and wear it.
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