About Material

Materials for ultimate comfort

SIDE SLOPE’s knitwear is made only from materials carefully selected from around the world. Sometimes we go to the production site and start from the design of the yarn. Each of our standard and classic materials are delivered from particular sources chosen with care. For cotton, we use Italian spun yarn using Egyptian Giza Cotton. Cashmere is delivered from an Italian spinning manufacturer established in 1919. And for wool, we use the extremely soft extra fine merino wool spun in Italy. When choosing the materials, the most important elements are the texture, color and spinning method. We create prototypes over and over and carefully confirm the texture by hand many times while imagining the final product. A comfortable piece of knitwear is not something that is decorated excessively. It is created from the desire to bring out the essence of the fine material.

Cashmere

Cashmere

Cashmere is fiber obtained from cashmere goats. Because they live in environments with severe temperature differences, cashmere goats have long, very fine coat hair. Moreover, cashmere is light and warm, with an elegant shine and excellent soft touch. Since only the soft undercoat is used to produce fiber, cashmere is very valuable and it takes about four goats to produce one pullover. At Side Slope, we mainly use cashmere yarns produced by Biagioli, a spinning manufacturer in Italy with long established history. Made from premium quality fibers from Inner Mongolia, their yarns come in a wide variety of great colors dyed with outstanding European sensibility.

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Yak

Yak

Yak fiber is obtained from yaks, which survive extreme cold temperatures in grasslands and rocky areas in high altitude above 3,000m. Yaks have soft and moist hair with elasticity like a sponge that excel in warmth and water-repellency. Because of its elasticity, it is wrinkle-resistant, and its abrasion-resistant nature makes the fiber highly pill-resistant. That is why yak is said to last longer while being warmer than cashmere. Because yak fiber does not irritate the skin while some sheep wool causes itches, it is recommended for people who are not fans of animal hair fiber knitwear.

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Silk

Silk

Silk is natural fiber with elegant texture made from the cocoon of a silkworm. The fiber is very fine, with a luxurious shine like a pearl and the touch is light and smooth. It is superior in both heat and moisture retention, and has less tendency to cause static electricity. Silk is hygroscopic therefore wicks excess perspiration away from the skin leaving your skin dry and comfortable. It is warm during winter and keeps you cool during summer because it cuts ultraviolet rays.

Extra Fine Merino Wool

Extra Fine Merino Wool

Merino wool is obtained from merino sheep, a breed that is considered to have the finest wool qualities. Among the different grades, merino wool with especially thin diameters are called extra fine merino wool and used to produce superior quality knitwear, suits and dresses. Extra fine merino wool is famous for its soft, supple texture and beautiful luster. Its crimped nature and intertwined fibers allow for high heat retention and elasticity. While the fiber has water repellent qualities to repel rain and dirt, it can also absorb moisture keeping the wearer dry and comfortable from sweat. The material’s heat insulating, quick drying, elastic and odor-resistant qualities makes it perfect to wear throughout the year.

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Supima Cotton

Supima Cotton

Supima cotton threads are made from extra-long staple cotton. Production is small therefore Supima cotton is a premium material. In the world of cotton, the longer the length of fiber, or staple, the more superior the quality. Supima is short for “Superior Pima” meaning that it is the best of Pima cotton, often grown in the United States and is one of the highest quality cotton available. It has fine long fiber in uniform length and excellent durability. Supima cotton is hygroscopic, has beautiful shine like silk and a smooth texture like cashmere.

Extra-long Staple Cottons

Extra-long Staple Cottons

The recognized industry standard for the minimum fiber length of extra-long staple cotton is 35mm. Because extra-long staple cotton has long fiber, it is possible to create very fine and elastic threads. The longer staple length also contributes to stronger fiber making the fabric more durable and less likely to fray, fluff and pill when washed. In the world of cotton, the longer the length of fiber, or staple, the more superior the quality. The highest quality cotton has texture and shine almost like silk.

Linen / Ramie

Linen / Ramie

Both linen and ramie are fibers made from hemp, with linen belonging to the Linaceae family and ramie belonging to the Urticaceae family. They have higher water absorbency compared to cotton, another natural material, and since they dissipate heat well, they are considered as ideal material to keep cool in summer. Linen and ramie have natural twists and streaks, and a distinctive unevenness which makes the material unique. Sometimes we incorporate the wrinkle in the design of the garment. The more you wear the garment, the softer the fiber will become to fit naturally on your skin.

Dead Stock yarn

Dead Stock yarn

Dead stock yarns are leftover yarns from production and yarns no longer being used in our own factories. As a matter of fact, Side Slope was launched as an attempt to reuse these resources because we do not want to waste them as we feel bad to the sheep and cotton flowers. Sometimes we draw our inspiration from the yarns, small patches of fabrics and the machines in our factory to create new design. It’s an eco-friendly way to reuse leftover yarns and turn it into a precious treasure. Currently, our Green collection is specifically made from these dead stock yarns.