Fabric Mill Spotlight: Cotonificio Albini
Our latest Short Run collection features The Poplin Stripe 120 and The Navy Thin Stripe 120, which were constructed from the richly woven 120's cotton fabric of Cotonificio Albini. The number refers to the thickness of the fabric's thread and the number of threads used per square inch. A simple rule of thumb is that the higher the number, the finer the yarn. When finer yarn is used, the resulting fabric is lighter, smoother, and has an almost silky quality. In our opinion, 120's cotton poplin is the perfect dress shirt fabric. It creates an incredibly soft shirt that is the perfect weight to wear under a sport coat or suit jacket. These shirts represent luxury shirting at its finest. For this collection (and a large portion of our shirting fabric) we turned to Albini, a fifth generation family-owned textile maker based out of Northern Italy. Paul Trible visited the Albini fabric mill in Bergamo a few months ago to select the fabrics for our current spring and upcoming fall releases. After logging some time in the archive room, he managed to snap a few photos of the production floor. It’s a quick behind the scenes look of one of the great textile masters at work. The new collection of Short Run is now available. View the lookbook and shop the collection here.