West Indian Sea Island: The World's Rarest Cotton

Certified by the West Indian Sea Island Cotton Association, Sea Island cotton is only found in the British West Indies where the Caribbean climate is ideal for its growth. The fibres are picked by hand and processed in a gentle, traditional method; the result is an unmatchable soft touch and silky texture. With an average staple length of 50mm its fibres are 20% longer than other types of fine cotton.

About 110 million bales of cotton are produced each year, globally, of which some 2 million are of extra-long staple cotton. The annual production of Sea Island Cotton is just 130 bales. It is quite simply the rarest and most precious cotton in the world. We use Sea Island cotton exclusively in our piqué knit polo shirts. A special hologram, guaranteeing the authenticity of the cotton, is included with each of our Sea Island polos. Explore the Sea Island Collection >>

 

West Indian Sea Island Cotton

 

Egyptian Mako: The Extra-Fine Cotton

Produced in Upper Egypt, Mako is an extra long staple cotton of exceptional fineness. The result is a fabric which is exceptionally soft with a silky hand but which is very robust and can withstand frequent use. Our Mako cotton polo shirts are knitted using a double jersey technique. Single jersey - the most common kind - has a 'right' side (facing out) and a 'wrong' or rougher side (facing in) meaning the garment feels softer to touch than to wear. Using the double jersey technique (with two 'right' sides) and a mercerised finish you will enjoy a silk-like softness inside and out. Explore the Egyptian Mako Collection >> 

 

Egyptian Mako Cotton

 

Supima: Extra-Long Staple Cotton

Supima cotton is a superior type of cotton grown in the US. It represents less than 1% of cotton grown in the world. From the Supima Association:
 
"Not all cottons are equal. Supima and regular cotton are in fact two different and distinct species of cotton. The most common type of cotton grown around the world typically has a fibre length of only about 1 inch, whereas Supima cotton’s fibre averages 1.5 inches. While shorter fibres produce yarns that are rougher and subject to pilling on the surface of the product, longer fibres contribute to the strength and softness of apparel and home products, ensuring that they are more comfortable, retain colour longer and resist pilling over time."
 
A short video on the production of Supima cotton is included below. Explore the Supima T-Shirt Collection >>