TENCEL™ Feels So Right
SHOHEI. LOOKS GOOD. FEELS GOOD. DOES GOOD
It's time to talk about TENCEL™
If SHOHEI is about anything, then it is about creating the highest quality contemporary pieces with the most advanced materials available, which is why we work with TENCEL™.
TENCEL™ fibers are derived from sustainable wood sources and produced using only environmentally responsible processes.
How it's made
TENCEL™ starts off as a form of wood pulp sourced from sustainably run growers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. At the beginning of the process, this pulp is dissolved using an organic solvent – which is itself subsequently recycled – before being partially dried and sieved through small holes to form threads, which are then spun and woven into fabric.
The overall production cycle of TENCEL™ adheres to a closed loop process – meaning that, wherever possible, the materials used in transforming the raw wood pulp into a high-performance fabric can be recovered and reused, and that no harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, are used at any point in the process either.
So it's good for the environment, but how wearable is it?
Well, the short answer is that it's very wearable. Not only is TENCEL™ an outstanding and highly adaptable fabric for makers to work with, but it is as much as 50% more absorbent than cotton, meaning that it is far less vulnerable to odourous bacterial growth, making it ideal for active wearers and requiring fewer washes than other comparable materials. Distinguished by its strength and durability, TENCEL™ is also highly soft to the touch and endowed with a high colour vibrancy, due to dyes being able to penetrate more easily through its smooth surface and embed more deeply into a garment's fiber structure.
Text by P. Marcus Browne