In 2016 U.S. organic fiber sales broke another record by hitting $1.4 billion according to the recently published 2017 Organic Industry Survey from the Organic Trade Association. This means buyers are now taking notice to what their clothes are made out of. Wanting more than just a custom tailor-fitted suit, men are now looking for wearability, performance, and fabric content.
“The organic fiber and textiles category continues to rank as the largest non-food organic category in the U.S. market. Organic fiber sales now account for nearly 40 percent of the $3.9 billion in organic non-food sales in 2016. With the increasing consumer awareness and the growing knowledge about what people put on their bodies is as important as what they put in it, is driving growth in the organic textiles and fiber market, OTA said” as reported in the Sourcing Journal.
Among the top companies supplying organic fiber is Dormeuil. Dormeuil has been perfecting the art of fabric since 1842, seeking out and sourcing the finest fibers in the world to provide buyers with top-level selections. While they have a rich history and pay remarkable attention to quality and detail, they also strive to supply fabric designs to fill every client’s need. The list of organic fibers can be extensive, but Dormeuil offers three organic fabric options that reign supreme when it comes to suiting.
Mohair is a solid choice when selecting a fabric for your suit. Known for being crease resistant, it also has remarkable luster and crispiness. Dormeuil Mohair comes from the tip of South Africa. Over 200 years ago, farmers brought a rare variety of mohair goats with incredible white coats to the valley. The secrets to breeding and farming these goats have been handed down from generation to generation. Dormeuil used the Camdeboo, which provides the finest mohair fiber.
Cashmere is a well-known high-end fabric that gained popularity for its lush softness. This long and silky fiber comes from the Cashmere goat, which lives on the high plateau of the Himalayas in Ladakh. With winter temperatures that can drop below 40 degrees, their undercoat permits these goats to withstand the cold climate. Each goat produces between 100 gr and 150 gr of fleece per year. Dormeuil uses the fiber from Baby Cashmere to achieve the finest fiber, as the quality diminishes as the goat ages.
The merino is the most economically influential breed of sheep in the world and especially prized for its wool. They are bred in Australia and New Zealand and regarded as having the finest and softest wool of any sheep. Merino wool is made of a protein called keratin, which is the same protein found in human hair. Merino wool makes an incredible option for suiting as it’s breathable, water repellent, elastic, stain resistant, and has excellent wrinkle recovery.
With there being multiple organic options to choose from, the question remains: why should you wear organic?
First, the fiber isn’t synthetic, which means you aren’t putting chemically processed fiber against your skin. Second, you are avoiding a low-quality product. Synthetic options generally do not receive the highest quality weave, as the fibers don’t hold up. Manufacturers like to keep the cost of weave along the same lines of the cost of fiber. To put this into perspective, a strand of wool bends 20,000 times before it breaks and a strand of polyester bends 80 times before it breaks. Organic options give you what synthetic can’t, providing you with breathability, longevity, and durability.
It’s now up to you to make the switch and enjoy the benefits in your wardrobe. Give Henry A. Davidsen a call today to visit and view the latest Dormeuil line and organic options.