Because you deserve the very best, we’ve searched the world for the most beautiful fabrics around - as soft and sustainable for you as they are for the planet.
Our premium fabrics are sourced from the same textile mills as the luxury fashion houses. Not only do they look beautiful, they are long-lasting, well-made, and they make the perfect complement to each design.
We're always on the hunt for fabrics that are incredibly soft, smooth and silky to the touch. In fact, they should feel so incredible, you will never want to take them off. Challenge accepted.
The best fabrics can keep up with the busy, on-the-go lifestyle of a modern woman. They're easy to move in, easy to care for, and can easily be styled with other pieces in your wardrobe.
All of our fabrics go through a rigorous selection process. The truth is, every fibre has an environmental impact. That's why we take our time to study the good and the bad of each one, and work only with the fabrics that we believe can make the most beautiful clothes, with the least harm to Mother Nature.
In our collection, we use natural, recycled and innovative, botanical fibres. These fibres consume fewer natural resources, such as water and energy, discourage mass deforestation, and cause less air, water and soil pollution. They include limited or no use of hazardous substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers or GMOs, and are free of harsh chemicals, dyes, toxins and processing agents that could be absorbed by your skin (ick!). Also, our fabrics are made with respect for the textile workers creating them. Learn more about our fabrics below.
Cotton is a staple in any wardrobe. Not only is it super versatile, it's also soft, long-lasting, insulating in the cold, cooling in the heat, hypoallergenic, biodegradable and easy to care for.
We support a sustainable model of cotton production and processing. We use GOTS-certified organic cotton, the highest-rating available. The GOTS certification guarantees that our cotton is free of harsh pesticides and insecticides, and supports crop rotation that puts oxygen back into the soil (instead of toxins!). The certification also ensures that cotton workers receive fair pay and enjoy fundamental employee rights.
A regular cotton t-shirt consumes 2,700 liters of water. Thankfully, organic cotton crop rotation, which helps the soil hold on to water and nutrients, consumes only half that much. In fact, organic cotton is 80% rain fed, reducing pressure on local water supplies. And because organic farming doesn't use any of those nasty chemicals, the water that is used stays clean, conserving biodiversity and healthy drinking water.
You will sometimes see conventional cotton in our collection. Don't worry, we're not getting lazy. This occasionally happens when we can't find a suitable organic cotton fabric for our designs (the options are still pretty limited), or when the minimum quantity of fabric a mill requires us to order is way higher than what we need (we're still a small brand). We are continuously searching for new organic cotton fabrics and suppliers to replace our conventional pieces and grow our collection.
We're crazy about silky soft modal. This innovative Austrian fibre is made from wood pulp that is transformed using closed-loop technology. Not only does modal offer the same natural properties as cotton, it's also more resistant to stains, retains its colour after multiple washes, and doesn't shrink.
The beechwood used to create our Lenzing modal comes from sustainably-managed forests. There's no deforestation, no heavy soil degradation and no disruption of eco-systems. In fact, the fiber yield per meter of beechwood trees is up to 10 times higher than that of cotton, plus the trees are grown without harsh fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
Beechwood trees grow naturally with only rainwater. No irrigation necessary. And a Life Cycle Assessment study of Lenzing found that modal actually consumer 10-20 times less water than cotton.
The closed-loop symbiotic process used to create Lenzing modal assures that over 95% of the non-toxic solvent used is recovered and recycled back into the system instead of being flushed out as wastewater. During this process, the modal fibres are bleached using oxygen chemistry, rather than chlorine. And the production plant is powered using 100% renewable energy and biofuel - a wood bi-product of the process.
Merino wool is a fine, soft fibre with a pretty impressive resume. For starters it's anti-bacterial, anti-odour, breathable, renewable and biodegradable. As a natural insulator, merino wool keeps you warm in winter by trapping air between its fibres. And it's also cooling and comfortable in summer thanks to its extremely fine fibres. Bonus points, this wool doesn't itch.
Mulesing consists of removing a strip of skin from a sheep's backside, often without any anesthesia or antibiotics. Farmers argue that this makes them less likely to attract blowflies, and reduces the incidence of parasitic larvae. We do not agree with this painful and dangerous practice. At Les Sublimes we select high-quality wool that respect a sheep's well-being and do not inflict suffering.
Our merino wool is spun and dyed in Piedmont, Italy, in a mill committed to reducing its use of chemicals and water consumption. Our wool is free of substances traditionally used in textiles that can be harmful to the skin and to the environment, such as azo dyes, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel and lead.
Ecojean yarn takes colour beautifully, and offers just the right combination of sturdy and stretchy to make the perfect beret. The recycled fibres used to make ecojean have already lived a full product life cycle and have seen their fair share of processing, so they are also more resistant to breaking and rubbing, keeping garments looking better for longer.
Ecojean is developed using a mix of fibres made from recycled cotton denim (old jeans) and recycled polyester (used plastic bottles). And not to brag, but it's environmental impact is 98% lower than that of the average conventional fibre being used for the first time.
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