The fabrics we use are manufactured specifically for us. Although this means production takes longer, it gives us quality and consistency not possible with ‘off the shelf’ fabric. Here are the fabrics found on our most popular styles.
Cotton/Recycled poly sweatshirting fleece
Soft, warm and sustainable.
Cloke sweatshirting fabric typically contains 80% cotton and 20% recycled polyester. The face of the fabric is 100% cotton making them feel fantastic and perfect for printing*. The polyester in the backing gives strength and stability to the garment, meaning they last longer and hold their shape better. The fabric is anti-pill and pre-shrunk.
*Marle colours have polyester in the face to create the classic melange look.
100% combed and ringspun cotton
When it comes to t-shirts, not all fabrics are created equal. At the cheap end, there is carded open-end cotton. Raw cotton is fed into a carding machine, which removes major impurities. The remaining cotton fibres are fed into an open-end spinning rotor, which uses air jets and centrifugal force to create the yarn from which the fabric is knitted.
Combed, Ring-spun cotton starts off with the same cotton fibres. After carding, the raw cotton is passed through a series of brushes that comb out any remaining impurities and short cotton fibres. Ring spinning machines then draw and twist the fibres into yarn, making it tighter and thinner.
Truly one of nature’s super-fibres, merino comes with all the good points of regular wool, being renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, but with bonus points: It’s much finer than regular wool, and isn’t itchy against the skin. It’s a great temperature regulator, being arguably as good in summer as in winter. Merino sheep themselves thrive in extreme temperatures – from freezing hill country through to scorching deserts. Lastly, the fibre is inherently anti-microbial, meaning it neutralizes odours.
We use 21.5 micron merino from Australian farms, knitted into a 280gsm jersey – perfect for layering over a tee, polo, or button-up shirt.
Softshell has been a buzzword for a while now. And little wonder – it’s an incredibly versatile fabric, combining warmth, windproofing, and water resistance, with breathability, longevity, and ease of care. At least, the Cloke ones do. All Cloke softshells feature a 3-layer fabric. At the core of this fabric is a membrane layer with tiny pores, that blocks wind and water, yet allows water vapour to escape.
Cloke softshell also features 4-way stretch, making for a garment that can segue from office to active with ease.