About Anton Alexander Fabrics
All Anton Alexander shirts are made with either our Active Shirting fabrics or our designer cotton fabrics. Each collection may have shirts designed from both fabric types.
Active Collection Fabrics
All active collection shirts are made with the same concept of fabric in different color options. The innovative high performance knit fabric is 60% cotton and 40% micro polyester and includes the following characteristics;
- Moisture wicking quick drying technology – When perspiration stays next to your skin, it makes you uncomfortable in summer, and it can be dangerous in winter since it may lower your body temperature. Moisture-wicking fabrics are beneficial in both cases. It combines and interweaves two types of fibers, one of which repels water and one of which channels it. Each does its work simultaneously to push perspiration from your skin to the outer surface of your shirt. More specifically, the water wicks out on individual threads and then spreads over a larger area, so it evaporates into the air more quickly.
- Anti-microbial Elements – Unfortunate odors come from microorganisms that feed on moisture, heat, and humidity to survive. This innovative fabric employs an odor neutralizer that prevents certain body oils from adhering to your shirt’s surface, and it repels bacteria that cause odors.
- Ultra Comfortable and Wrinkle-Free – The fabrics are ultra comfortable thanks to their knit 4-way stretch design. Woven fabrics are made of strands of warp going in one direction and strands of weft going 90 degrees to the warp and weaving in and out of the warp yarns. The resulting fabric has very little stretch to it. Knitted fabrics are made of a single strand of yarn with row upon row of loops pulled through loops giving them maximum stretch in all directions. Another added value wit the row upon row of loops pulling through one another is not having to iron the shirts at all.
- Light Weight and Easy Care – Micro poly innovative fabric blend has really small holes in the fabric allowing the fabric to not only breathe better but to weight almost half of cotton fibers. With the fabrics being a 4-way knit, they become very easy to maintain and care for.
- Stain and UV Sun Protection – These innovative fabric blends block UV rays and wash away stains easily. The Sun protection clothing feature an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating against both UVA and UVB rays.
Designer Collection Fabrics
All of our designer shirts are made of high-quality cotton fabrics from all over the world including Italy, England, Egypt, Turkey, and Japan. We specialize in finding some of the brightest cotton fabrics in the world.
Two Ply Cotton vs Single Ply Cotton
Ply is how many yarns are twisted together to make a single thread. Two-ply means that two yarns are twisted together to make a single thread that is then woven into the fabric. Two-ply fabrics are generally superior to single-ply fabrics in their durability.
Two Ply Cottons
- Herringbone Cotton – This cotton creates more textured shirts for both dress and casual wear. Herringbone is essentially a twill that is mirrored when woven to create the sort of chevron, “V-shaped” look. The fabric’s name comes from its resemblance to the bones of a herring fish.
- Twill Cotton – Twill fabrics are easily recognizable because they will show diagonal weave or texture. The diagonal effect can range from very fine, subtle twills to much larger Imperial or Cavalry twills. Twills will almost always have a bit of shine, though the degree can depend on the weave, color, and cotton used. Twill is an extremely tight weave, that can come in extremely high thread counts. Because of the diagonal texture twill is a bit softer than broadcloth and will drape more easily. Twill won’t give you the same “crisp” look that freshly pressed broadcloth can, but it’s relatively easy to iron and resistant to wrinkles.
- Oxford Cotton – Oxford Cloth has a slightly rougher texture but is more durable than most fabrics. It’s composed of a symmetrical basketweave where one yarn may cross two yarns. Oxford cloth has always been a staple in traditional American button-down polo shirts. It can be worn slightly wrinkled straight from the dryer and still look great.
Single Ply Cottons
- Broadcloth (Supremo) Cotton – often referred to as poplin–is a tightly woven fabric with a very simple over-under weave, which makes it nice and professional. Broadcloths are great for guys looking for as little texture as possible in their fabrics. Broadcloths generally wear the smoothest out of all weaves thanks to their lack of texture, and they achieve some of the brightest color elements.
All of our shirting contrast fabrics are dyed 100% cotton. We range from styles we use from paisley, solids, plaid, floral, and prints that are specific to different hobbies or lifestyles. We even have many fabrics with metallics in them and they are easy maintenance and last just as long as the shirting fabrics.