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Sea Island Cotton From Start to Finish: Where To Order Custom Dress Shirts in Toronto Posted on 22 Jul 16:46


       
 Sea island cotton (Gossypium barbadense) is native to South/Central America and has been domesticated as early as the 15th Century and today makes up only 0.0004% of the cotton industry.

          Sea Island cotton remains in its original home on small islands within the Caribbean. This proves the best as the cotton needs the sunshine, humidity and rain that are key ingredients to this type of cottons success which is why the Caribbean is the best fit.  

          Despite increased technology in farming equipment Sea Island cotton is still handpicked so as not to damage its high quality and texture. It is described as growing about the same height as the average human and its bulbs were said to pop open to “a palm-full of silken fiber so tough that thread from a pound of it was said to be able to stretch 160 miles”. Or so the legend goes.

          The harvest of Sea Island cotton today remains as it has for many centuries.  And the harvesting process reveals the exclusivity and high end nature of this cotton. The steps are as follows: 

 

The first step is collection

These techniques, not divulged, are said to be handed down from generations long gone and must be expertly handled but also gentle so as not to disturb the plant

       

Next is Separation

  •  The handlers weed out the soil, sand, leaves and stems

 (Circa 1908, Cotton Spinning)

 

 Then comes the examination.

  • The WISICA (West Indian Sea Island Cotton Association) has to check every pound of Sea Island Cotton to determine authenticity and quality

  • After approval it is sent out to be woven

          There are few weavers/spinners left in the world that have the skill and delicacy to handle this cotton, one company has spinners in Switzerland that turn it into the most luxurious fabric. Sea Island cotton is also known to be found in places such as Italy strictly for combing and spinning into yarn, and then sent off to be made into all kinds of clothing. This cotton is special not only because it is rare but also its long lasting strength combined with its silky finish.

          There is even a special way to clean and dry the cotton while still in the fields to produce just the right crop. “Cleaning times are special times to ensure a certain hand, and a certain roundness without using additional chemicals. The term "hand" refers to the smoothness of an item, the term "roundness" indicates the density of spinning.”

          And can you believe that cotton was not given much attention until a real breakthrough came in 1951 when a seed was developed and introduced that produced an ELS cotton with superior fiber properties, luster and silkiness as well as an unusually high yield.

         To compare the immensity of this cotton length below is a chart that classifies what is small and large and in between. Here you can see the chart states  “extra long is over 37mm”, while sea island cotton has an average range of 48-52 mm.

 

 

Quick Facts:

-              Queen Victoria commissioned her handkerchiefs to be made from it

-              Originally the prized threads were shipped by the boatloads to London to be woven into ladies' undergarments before making their way into any other form of clothing

 

 

 

Images:

Girl and Cotton Machine From Led By Thread- Clothing Archive

Spun Cotton From Cotton Cloud's Talk

Two Cotton Tendrils From Eco Textiles

Chart Picture from Textile Exchange- The Farm Hub

Header Image from West Indian Sea Island Cotton

Sewing Shirt From A Continuous Lean

Information From:

Veitha Sea Island Cotton Information

Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean-History

Beaufort Travel Information: History of Sea Island Cotton

The Post and Courier: History Regrown . . .

 

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Treccani Milano collaborates with PGA instructor Fabian Stehle founder of Stehle Golf in Germany. Posted on 08 Jul 11:09

July 6, 2015

Treccani Milano is now featured at Stehle Golf located in Germany.

 

Stehle Golf was founded by Fabian Stehle, a PGA instructor. 



 In 2000  he start playing golf in the south of Germany + Hcp as an amateur and  won a couple of small national tournaments.

By 2010 he became a  PGA Qualifying apprentice in Berlin. Only two years later Fabian was a Fully Qualified PGA Professional and Member of the PGA of Germany.

He went on to place first in the BB PGA Championship in 2014 and became founder of  "Stehle Golf e.K.“ in 2015.

 

Treccani Milano's Golf Clubs, shoes and other leather sport bags are now featured on the Stehle Golf website.

 

 


Firenze Leather Shoulder Bag Posted on 20 May 15:15

The Firenze Leather Handbag Collection in Calfskin and Ostrich. Shop here


From the Oscar® Red Carpet to The Bata Shoe Museum Posted on 30 Apr 16:01

 

Treccani Milano has always prided itself in the painstaking skill their designers and master craftsmen put into the shoes we create. Now, a pair of our custom hand-work is exhibited at The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, just like any other work of art. The Tuxedo Shoes that were hand-crafted for Screenwriter David Shamoon when he attended the 2012 Academy Awards® ceremony in Los Angeles and the Genie Awards in Toronto are displayed in the Celebrities Section of the The Bata Shoe Museum, known around the world for its rare collection of footwear.

These Tuxedo Shoes are made of black glossy patent leather interrupted with a soft “mille righe” leather for a dazzling, but classic effect, Shamoon’s shoes are from the brand’s aptly named Oscar Nights Collection.

See more Tuxedo Shoes


Weekend in Italy Posted on 10 Apr 08:30

Here's a few pictures of one of our past weekends in Italy. Enjoy!


What Shoes To Wear To a White Tie Wedding? Posted on 02 Apr 16:19

White Tie is the most formal of all wedding dress codes and it’s the equivalent of attending state dinners or the Oscars. For this occasion make sure to wear a tailcoat, a formal white shirt, white vest and tie. For shoes wear Black Patent Leather Shoes. Be inspired by our handcrafted made to order Tuxedo Shoes for Wedding here


A Look lnside our Artisans' Bottega Posted on 27 Mar 16:59

A look inside our artisans' bottega familiare (family shop) in in Italy. Artisans work here daily on Treccani Milano's Travel Bags and Men's Bags collections. Each leather piece is uniquely handmade from scratch, ensuring Treccani's legacy of creating products that are not the result of mass production.


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