Orvis Clothing and Accessories for Men
Barbour of England
Since 1894, J. Barbour & Sons have produced clothes perfectly suited to enjoyment of life beyond the city. It is this commitment to quality and durability that has seen the name Barbour become synonymous with the best of country living.
The beginning of Barbour jackets
In 1894 John Barbour established himself in the burgeoning port of South Shields, supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen, rivermen and dockers from the worst of the North Sea weather.
Within a few years the firm became the leading supplier of oilskins on the north east coast, not only to seafarers but to others in the surrounding country - farmers, labourers, carters, shepherds - who earned their living outdoors in all weathers. By the beginning of the next century Barbour’s durable Beacon oilskins were well known throughout Britain and beyond.
The legendary durability of Barbour jackets
If there’s one feature that distinguishes Barbour jackets more than any other, it is their legendary durability. But, given the quality of materials used—genuine long-staple Egyptian cotton, solid brass studs, substantial metal zips, plus painstaking quality of construction with an average of 15,000 stitches and up to two hundred components—perhaps it’s hardly surprising.
The seams in a Barbour oiled cotton jacket are double rolled, each stitched through two thicknesses of fabric. It is an intricate part of the manufacture and it ensures that the seams are completely waterproof. Even the thread is treated with the same secret watertight proofing formula as the fabric itself.
How long a Barbour jacket will last very much depends on its use (or rather abuse in many cases). Undoubtedly, owners expect much more of a Barbour than any other garment because Barbour enables them to do more. They will subject themselves and their jackets to the severest conditions of weather, mud, animal contact and abrasion than they could ever contemplate if wearing anything less robust.
Durable, Yet Lighter Weight
Bush Poplin is a microcanvas, consisting of yarns half the thickness often used in its beefier cousin, Orvis Rhinohide, yet nearly equal in it's durability. Bush Poplin is a light and soft natural fabric able to withstand years of wear and washings, yet remains crisp and neat.
Great for Warm Weather Wear
Each yarn of Bush Poplin is composed of several fibers twisted tightly together, resulting in a fabric that is abrasion- resistant, yet feels cool and relatively weightless on the body. Maximizing cotton's natural advantages, the basic microcanvas weave consists of a balanced, interlocking pattern of mid-weight yarns on the warp (vertical weave) and slightly slimmer yarns on the weft (horizontal weave). This weave maximizes yarn strength while allowing for a considerable measure of breathability. You'll never feel stifled, even in the most wilting tropical heat.
Cotton poplin was the preferred fabric used by British colonists when on safari. Our collection offers the timeless and classic style of this traditional attire. Testament to poplin's versatile, rugged characteristics, it comprised the bulk of the fabrics used on all fronts during World War II. For the U.S. military, poplin fabrics struck the best balance between comfort, durability and crisp uniformity, holding up well to extensive field abuse and thousands of industrial-strength washings yet still presenting well in review. A 5-oz. cotton microcanvas, Bush Poplin is known for its comfort in warmer conditions, exceptional travel-worthiness, and durability.
The Ancient Fabric of Choice for a Royal Family
Once again, we have Asia to thank for a prized textile. Cashmere is named for the Kashmir goats that inhabit the Himalayas and the mountainous regions of Central Asia that surround the Gobi desert. The harsh, extreme climate of the high desert plateaus are just right for producing the downy undercoat needed to make cashmere yarn. Cashmere was known to the Western world in ancient Roman times and it was the fabric of choice for Tibet’s royal family for centuries. Today, about 60% of the world’s cashmere, or approximately 3,000 tons, comes from Tibet and China.
A Gift from the Gobi
The coat of a Kashmir goat consists of a coarse outer coat, sometimes referred to as guard hair, and the fine downy undercoat, which is used to make cashmere yarn. The goats grow this ultra-soft, insulating inner layer for protection from the wild drops in temperature at night in the mountains and plateaus. This superior fiber is collected annually, during the spring molting season, when the animals naturally shed their winter wool. It is traditionally removed with a comb and separated by hand. Each goat produces a mere four to six ounces of downy fiber a year.
The Timeless Appeal of Cashmere
As a knit, cashmere is lightweight and exceptionally warm. The yarn has a soft, silky finish and can be easily dyed. Like silk, cashmere’s exotic origins and sublime softness are timelessly appealing. Orvis is proud to bring you these handsome cashmere sweaters. They are a great value, combining the ultimate in luxury with winter warmth and practicality – a wonderful gift for your friends, family, or yourself.
Col. Littleton Leather Gifts
If you’re looking for “everyday,” “run-of-the-mill,” or “standard issue,” you needn’t look to Col. Littleton.
For more than two decades, this American company—based out of Lynnville, TN, pop. 327—has prided itself on providing unique, exceptional, and one-of-kind-style items, many of which are worthy of becoming cherished family heirlooms.
Hand-crafted fine leather goods
You’ll find a broad selection of fine leather goods in the Col. Littleton collection ranging from intricately detailed pocket knives and watches, to luxurious leather and business accessories, belts, hats, jewelry, and items for the home. Most products have either a military or Old West influence and many are handcrafted right in Lynnville.
Each gift has the personal "Colonel Littleton" touch
Colonel Littleton (yes, he’s a real person) brings a special personal touch to his products with his product story card. These cards, which accompany almost every Col. Littleton product, describe either the inspiration that led to the creation of the item or the unique history behind it. You’ll even notice the Colonel’s artistic touch in the unique way each item is packaged.
Col. Littleton: Heirloom-quality gifts of distinction
Orvis is proud to offer this fine collection of distinctive gifts and accessories. When you choose a Col. Littleton item, you can be confident you’re purchasing a quality product that will provide years, if not generations of satisfaction and enjoyment.
The Fabric of the French Royal Court
Quality corduroy is all about quality yarn. Corduroy takes its name from "cloth of the king," or "cord du roi," fashioned for the sporting use of the French royal court in the 1600s.
Durable, Rugged Comfort
Corduroy is well suited for rugged use. With more yarns per square inch than most fabrics and a distinctive corded nap, corduroy offers durability and protection by construction. Extra yarns in the weft, or horizontal component, pass over the warp yarns, skipping two or three vertical yarns before diving back under the weave. Held securely in the middle by the vertical yarns, the weft yarns are then snipped, freeing both ends, then trimmed and brushed to a fine, soft nap.
High-Quality Milled Fabric
Orvis sources corduroy from the finest mills around the world, mills that weave high-quality yarns into cloths true to corduroy's sporting heritage. The cloth is then brushed to create the soft, sueded finish.
Orvis Men's Corduroy: Keeps You Warm & Comfortable in Style
We are pleased to offer you a wide selection of corduroy styles in a variety of weaves. Our all-cotton Orvis Supercords, made of colorfast and shrink-resistant European corduroy, are twice as durable as ordinary cords; they outperformed seven other corduroy fabrics in independent lab testing. Also woven in Europe, our exclusive Stretch Corduroy stretches up to 20% for incredible comfort and freedom of movement. For a distinctive tailored look, choose the CFO Finewale Corduroy Pants, made of the finest wale pure cotton corduroy we offer. Rely on Orvis corduroy for warmth and handsome good looks all season long.
What is flannel?
A plush, warm fabric of various weights and fineness, flannel is a plain-weave cloth that has been heavily brushed or carded for a soft napped finish. The brushing process creates insulating air pockets in the interlocking fibers that enhance its luxurious warmth. Cotton flannel is a favorite choice for pajamas and robes, cold-weather apparel, and bedding. A medium-weight fabric, wool flannel is a soft twilled fabric with a loose texture and napped surface to conceal the weave. Wool flannel is used mainly for suits and business attire.
History of flannel fabric
Derived from the Welsh word for wool, gwlanen, flannel was being woven in Wales as early as the 16 th century. The French were using flanelle by the late 17 th century, and a German word for the fabric, flannell, can be traced back to the early 1800s, indicating the use of this soft, warm material for clothing and bed linens during harsh German winters.
Flannel clothing for men
Nothing says cozy like a men's classic pair of soft flannel pajamas. Typically the cotton flannel used in pajamas is brushed on both sides for the most comfort, and flannel pajamas are a winter sleepwear staple for men, women, and children. Flannel has long been thought of as the fabric of woodsmen, lumberjacks, and farmers as it is exceptionally good at insulating, particularly for outdoor work in cold environments. In the early 1990s, the Seattle alternative music scene introduced flannel shirts as a fashion statement among young people. Flannel also has traditionally been used for athletic team wear—baseball road uniforms were historically made of wool flannel and known as “road grays”. Cricket uniforms were originally made of white flannel, and known simply as “flannels”. Wool flannel is a wonderful choice for more tailored business and dress clothing. Its tight weave helps pieces retain their shape, adds a sophisticated look and luxurious drape to clothing made of this classic fabric.
Gokey Custom Footwear
The world’s best value. For the ultimate fit, nothing rivals handcrafted Gokey footwear custom-made to your specifications. What’s most remarkable about Gokey is that it is the only footwear company of its size to provide custom made oxfords, hiking shoes, Snakeproof Boots, or upland boots in various weights to fit your foot and your foot alone. Just as a fine tailor requires your own precise measurements for a fitted look and feel of a fine sport coat or silk shirt, Gokey will take your precise foot measurements to custom fit a shoe to your exact foot width, length and arch. Imagine, footwear that will last a lifetime or more, and has the comfort of one made solely to your own foot’s measurements. There is no other shoe company that offers this custom fit cobbling on such a wide scale.
Plus, you can choose from a wide range of custom options, including sole type, leather thickness, lacing arrangement, leather-lined uppers, and reinforced ankle support.
Handmade in the USA
The Gokey construction process is an incredible example of the bootmaker’s art - a rare thing in today’s mass-produced world. Our craftsmen expertly hand cut and hand sew this durable leather using techniques that date back generations—methods that take years to teach. We start by hand selecting the finest oil-tanned bullhide the world has to offer. This heavy, remarkably durable bullhide is molded over a hardwood last. Next, a welt is stitched to this so cunningly that no awl hole ever completely penetrates the shoe leather to admit water. An arch support is inserted, the outer sole hand-sewn into place, and the top constructed. Each stitch of waxed thread is knotted, locking it firmly in place. Keep in mind, this is done for every single individual shoe that leaves the Gokey factory. And with durable Vibram® soles and modern comfort features such as cushioned leather insoles, Gokey footwear is built for comfort and a lifetime of wear.
Orvis Hemp fabric is constructed of 100% hemp fibers – which are longer (each a foot long or greater, compared to 2-4" for the best cotton fibers) and stronger than cotton—woven together using a unique cross-weave technology. Hemp fibers are hollow so the fabric has the same cooling properties as linen. Each fiber moves heat and moisture away from the body. As a result, it breathes as well as linen and better than cotton yet is more durable than either—in fact, it’s 26 times stronger than cotton. All this in a fabric that resists wrinkling, is machine washable and dryer safe, and the easiest of the natural fabrics to care for and clean.
Hemp: Tough Enough for Old Ironsides
The U.S.S. Constitution, launched in 1797, was outfitted with 8 miles of running and 6.6 miles of standing rigging—14.6 miles of hemp tarred cordage that carried Old Ironsides through 30 battles at sea without a defeat.
In those days, hemp was the strongest possible roping material available. Hemp fibers are much longer than other fibers, such as cotton, and longer fibers make stronger rope. Resistant to UV damage, hemp stayed strong in the harsh conditions common at sea. Hemp fibers were first woven into long strands and then woven by hand into long continuous lengths in unique buildings called ropewalks. When the U.S.S. Constitution was virtually rebuilt from 1927 to 1931, a steam-powered rope-making complex at the Charlestown Navy Yard was still able to manufacture the ancient-style four-stranded hemp shroud-laid cordage required for the warship’s standing rigging. America’s only remaining full-length ropewalk, this stone structure stretches one-quarter mile long.
Garments woven from hemp owe their strength to the fiber itself—with fiber lengths of a foot or more, it betters the average cotton fiber, which measures only about 3/4" long. Longer fibers make stronger yarn. Stronger yarn makes stronger garments.
The Bugsaway® Protective Barrier
Bugsaway® Repellent Apparel and Gear is the most effective new tool in over 50 years in the battle against insects and insect-borne disease—a completely new way to protect against annoying and potentially dangerous insects. Bugsaway® products are proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums). With its odorless and invisible insect protection, the only way to tell it’s there is that the bugs aren’t biting.
The built-in insect repellent provides a carefree outdoor experience, letting you focus on your adventures—not the bugs.
The Bugsaway® Advantage
Bugsaway® is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA registration process is designed to evaluate a proposed product to ensure it will not have adverse effects on humans or the environment. Bugsaway® has been evaluated at multiple levels—the chemistry, the application process and the final consumer product. The end result was Bugsaway® receiving the first-ever EPA registrations for insect-repellent clothing and gear.
Bugsaway® products are proven to repel numerous varieties and species of mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums). This includes insects with the potential to carry dangerous diseases such as Malaria, West Nile virus, Dengue fever and Lyme disease.
Tested and Proven
Bugsaway® technology is the result of years of research and field study. Numerous studies have confirmed the effectiveness of permethrin-treated clothing as an insect repellent. Bugsaway®’s own testing methods follow USDA guidelines, and the results prove our unique, long-lasting properties.
Bugsaway®’s protection is invisible, odorless and as easy as putting on your clothes. Unlike traditional repellents, Bugsaway® products cannot be misused or over applied and do not require re-application.
Bugsaway® has no unpleasant smell or feel. The active ingredient, permethrin, is a man-made version of a natural insect repellent found in certain chrysanthemums. It is bonded to the fibers using Bugsaway®’s patent-pending process that transforms ordinary clothing into comfortable insect protection for the whole family.
The repellency of Bugsaway® is EPA registered to last through 70 launderings which is more than double the average life expectancy of a garment as listed by the International Fabricare Institute. This is also well beyond the life of most performance finishes commonly used in the technical-apparel industry.
Normal home laundering is recommended. Bugsaway® products can be bleached, starched, pressed, etc., without effect on the repellent quality; however, they should not be dry cleaned because that removes the active ingredient.
Tested for Effectiveness and Durability
Effectiveness of Bugsaway® as measured using USDA standard knockdown test on Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
Positive Impact on World Health
One of the founders’ original intentions for developing Bugsaway® was to help protect children from insect-borne diseases. We at Bugsaway® realize the potential to greatly impact worldwide health and continue to support many global initiatives. Permethrin-treated clothing is now recommended by the following international agencies:
Please note that Bugsaway® items are available in the contiguous 48 states only.
Luxury Cotton & Merino
In the late 18th century at the dawn of the industrial revolution, the English developed a method of spinning wool and cotton in almost identical quantities.
The genius of this method was that the yarns were indigenously spun, combining the warmth of very soft lambswool and long-staple cotton (from far-flung corners of the trade routes of the English Empire), to engineer a very light fabric of exceptional warmth and durability. The chief characteristic of wool is the individual fiber’s ability to trap body warmth and wick moisture; while the chief characteristic of cotton is its smooth and absorbent nature. The expert blending and spinning of the right percentages of these unrelated fibers became a miracle of the age.
A more commonly acceptable blend of 81% cotton and 19% lambswool, which was woven as a twill and brushed into a flannel, was produced from the beginning for workwear and more rugged intensive activities. This traditional blend is today the basis of our exclusive Luxury Cotton & Merino fabric.We found that the longer fibers of today’s merino sheepswool spin tighter and more completely with our long-staple cotton than the older lambswool (little lambswool fibers, although soft, are very short). This tightness of yarn establishes the durability while holding the vivid dyes in these yarn-dyed patterns, which have been carefully selected and executed from our textile pattern library.
The perfect outdoor cold-weather fabric
In 1976, Orvis was the first company to bring the popular British moleskin pants to the USA. That year, a fellow by the name of “Dig” Diggory of Cambrian Fly Fishers in Wales had insisted I take a look at pants made of this extraordinarily soft cotton fabric that possesses a felt-like hand, blocks wind, and endures hard, outdoor use.
"Ratcatchers" for sporting outdoor adventures
Dig, an eccentric if ever there was one, called his moleskin pants “ratcatchers,” named for the 19th-century farmers who favored the pants for their toughness and comfort. These farmers used Jack Russell Terriers to catch rats around their grain bins, and often wagered to see how many rats would be caught. As the trend toward more casual attire grew, “ratcatchers” caught the eye of estate owners and sporting gentry. Soon, the pants acquired the up-market name of “Moleskin.”
Quality British-milled moleskin from Orvis
When we introduced moleskin in 1976, they became a huge success. Today, they continue to be one of our most popular cool-weather pants. Moleskin fabric may have been popularized (and cheapened) by others along the way. But we have honored Dig and the heritage of this wonderful fabric by insisting it remain made to the original exacting quality specifications, by the same British mill that has been in existence since 1901. Our moleskin remains as rugged as ever to withstand the challenge of the land, with the comfort and soft hand fit for gentry.
-- Perk Perkins, President, The Orvis Co.
Montana Morning: It started with a classic sweatshirt
Our original Montana Morning™ Zip Neck Sweatshirt quickly became one of our most popular items, and rightly so. Its hefty material in a gutsy jersey knit—pigment-dyed for a handsome weathered appearance—features a soft brushed fleece interior to keep you comfortable and warm. Our Montana Morning line, including the Zip-Neck Sweatshirt, V-Neck Sweatshirt, Rancher’s Vest, and Sweatpants, sports the same fleeced nap inside and shares the pigment-dyed good looks of the original.
Our growing men's casual wear collection
Over the years, our Montana Morning collection has grown to include casual, comfortable essentials you’ll love at home or when you’re traveling. From our shooter’s sweatshirt and fleece to our authentic Montana Morning Vintage Jeans, you can outfit yourself in clothing that’s designed for the way you live.
Benefits of our Montana Morning collection
When you wear a Montana Morning sweatshirt, sweatpants, polo or jacket, you'll notice that each piece:
Always right for any season
Get outside on brisk autumn days to enjoy your morning coffee or the great view from the porch of your summer camp. Montana Morning, exclusively from Orvis. Comfortable. Rugged. Just right.
Pesticide free without genetic modification
Grown on land that has been free of chemicals and pesticides for at least three years, from plants that have not been genetically modified, organic cotton has a low impact on the environment and results in fabrics that are better for the wearer and better for the earth.
The high environmental cost of conventional cotton farming
In the production of conventional cotton, high levels of agrochemicals and fertilizers are used to the detriment of the environment. In fact, cotton production uses more chemicals per acre than any other crop and accounts for up to 16% of the world's pesticides. The toxic chemicals used in processing of cotton also pollute the air and surface waters. Plus, residual chemicals in the resulting fabrics can irritate consumers’ skin.
Used for a variety of food and fiber products, cotton is one of the most widely traded commodities on earth. While the largest production of cotton is in Turkey and the United States, it is grown in 12 countries worldwide. The simple act of growing and harvesting the one pound of cotton fiber needed to make a single T-shirt takes an enormous toll on the earth’s air, water, and soil, and can significantly impact the health of the people in the regions near the fields where the cotton is grown.
Organic cotton farming replenishes the earth
Organic cotton farming systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic agriculture relies on crop rotation instead of agrochemicals and artificial fertilizers, and biological pest control instead of pesticides.
Help your skin and the environment at the same time
Organic cotton fabric has a softer feel and is less irritating to those with skin sensitivities than conventional cotton fabrics. Organic cotton not only feels good on your skin, it feels great on your conscience.
What’s the recipe for the great apparel selection that Orvis offers? It is a combination of experience, research, knowing our customers and gut reaction. The latter was the main ingredient in one of our great success stories - The Presidential Microfiber Travel Shirt. It began with an unassuming pile of shirts in one of the sample rooms. Orvis President Perk Perkins spied the shirt during a line review. “It was just sitting there on the shelf among the stacks of about 200 other sample shirts,” remembered Perk. “But it just seemed to jump out at me.” He was struck by the soft, subtle luster of the fabric.
Perk went over and pulled it out of the stack and inquired, "What about this shirt - why aren't we offering this?” Tom Kerr, Orvis’ Product Development Specialist, was also impressed by the look and feel of the fabric, but had reservations. He explained, "Oh, that's too expensive - it would retail for nearly $100. "And our customers don't like synthetics."
Perk was persistent. "But this isn't synthetic, the label says its made out of wood fiber.” Specifically, the shirt was made of Lyocell. Like rayon, the material is woven of plant fibers and has a natural look and soft drape. Determined, Perk stated, “I think they'll like this...and I think we'll sell so many that you can find a factory to make it for a lot less money. Let me take it home and test it for a while."
Weeks passed while Perk field-tested the new shirt. After one particular trip to Orvis offices in Roanoke, Virginia, he came back with glowing reviews and a strengthened belief in the fabric. “Every time I wore the shirt, people remarked about its good looks,” he told Tom. “Women in particular.” The women’s reaction really sold Perk. He liked the feel of it so much that it quickly became one of his favorite shirts.
The shirt was great for travel, packed flat and came out of the wash looking crisp and neat. The soft feel was comfortable alone and under jackets.
With the go ahead from Perk, Tom and his team brought the Presidential Microfiber Shirt to the Orvis customers at the best possible price. And it has been an enormous success - it's one of the most popular shirts we have ever sold. As a result, we've added more designs to our Presidential Microfiber Shirt line.
What is Primaloft?
The most preferred synthetic insulation by leading bedding manufacturers, Primaloft® also provides superb performance in high-quality, cold-weather wear. Made of superior-quality microfibers, Primaloft mimics all the warmth and lofting properties of down. These patented, ultrafine fibers are specially treated to create a core with remarkable insulating abilities.
Developed for the exacting demands of the US Army
Developed for the United States Army in the 1980s as an alternative to goose-down insulation, Primaloft is soft, warm, and highly breathable. Most-importantly, it repels water with ease, maintaining its warmth even when wet, to keep the wearer dry, warm, and comfortable even in extreme conditions. With the highest warmth-to-weight ratio of any synthetic insulation currently available, Primaloft meets the exacting demands of outdoor enthusiasts, sportsmen, and the military.
Wonderfully soft and lightweight, Primaloft is the premier synthetic fill for quality bedding. Anti-microbial and hypoallergenic, it offers a comfortable and restful night’s sleep to allergy-sensitive sleepers, including small children. The super-fine microscopic fibers in Primaloft form tiny air pockets to wisc away moisture, keeping bedding fresh and dry. Because of its extraordinary softness, ease of care, and anti-microbial and hypoallergenic properties, Primaloft is used in luxury comforters, pillows, and mattress pads from the world’s leading bedding manufacturers.
Seersucker: An Exotic and Practical History
Distinctively wrinkled seersucker was first woven in India. The name of the fabric is a Hindi derivation of a Persian phrase, "shir shakkar," which translates as "milk and sugar," representing the alternating rough and smooth textures of the cloth’s signature stripes.
The alternating textures are produced by what is called slack-tension weaving, which alternates fibers held under normal tension with intervening slack fibers; the resulting fabric has a pattern of puckered and flat stripes permanently woven into the cloth.
Not only does seersucker never need ironing, the wrinkles also make seersucker one of summer’s coolest fabrics. Cotton breathes incredibly well, while the puckered weave allows cooling air circulation against the skin where it’s needed most.
Great for Warm Weather Travel
This means that Orvis seersucker clothing is an easy-care, cool and comfortable choice for warm weather. It's also a great choice for your summer travel clothing—you'll always look great and feel comfortable during your travels with no ironing needed!
The Orvis Signature Polo: Built to Last
It seems every clothing company makes a polo shirt. So when we at Orvis decided to make our own, we were determined to make the very best. We succeeded tremendously. Our polo shirts are one of our most popular and best-selling items. We thought about the design of our shirt from your, the wearer’s, perspective. What do you expect from a polo shirt? What makes a good polo shirt a delight to wear and a bad polo shirt a chore? Here’s what we decided. We think you’ll agree our polo is superior.
With its 100% cotton piqué weave, gussested underarms, and reinforced side vents, the Orvis Signature Polo breathes well, wicks away moisture, and allows for athletic motion and hard use as no other polo can. We didn't stop with these features, however, knowing that making the finest polo shirt required further, impeccable details. For the banded sleeves and collar, we chose soft-knit cotton that won’t shrink or bind, and is comfortable against the skin. We used double-needle stitching at the arms, shoulders, tail, and hem, and added a contrast double-stitched reinforcement at the vent to ensure that seams won’t rip or unravel at stress points. Finally, we added our zinger loop as a handy spot for sunglasses, and selected striking colors that befit the shirt’s thoughtful construction. The result is a polo that will endure for years, wear comfortably, and look smart, whether you put it through athletic rigors or wear it casually with jeans or chinos.
Polo is known as the “sport of kings”. During the medieval period, polo was played in the desert kingdoms of Rajasthan by Indian nobility. It was played primarily among the Rajput warrior princes of Northern India, who appreciated the valor, sportsmanship, and equestrian expertise the sport embodied. In the 1870s, polo was discovered by the British along the eastern edges of the Indian Empire, and swiftly spread through Britain. Soon after, the sport spread to the United States. The polo shirt was first introduced to U.S. polo players in the 1920s. This short-sleeved knitted garment had a placket neckline and knit collar, which was designed to stay down during matches. In the 1930s this style, directly borrowed from “the sport of kings,” became the fashion for men’s sportswear, and has retained its popularity for both sport and leisure activities to this day.
At Orvis, we believe that it’s worth the investment to put the time into the design of our products, and in making them with quality materials. The Orvis Signature Polo is built to last with impeccable attention to detail, and will look great for years to come. We guarantee it.
We Stake Our Name on These Shirts
The Orvis Signature Twill is a truly amazing fabric -- all the performance of a high-tech fiber with the natural silky feel of 100% cotton. These Signature Twill shirts are the result of over two years of research and development. Here's an introduction to the best shirting fabric, we believe, that money can buy.
For the last 7,000 years, cotton has been cultivated, spun into yarn, and woven into cloth. Fragments of early cotton fabrics dating from 3,000 BC have been discovered in India; archaeologists have found evidence that cotton may have existed in Egypt as early as 12,000 BC. Under the proper conditions, cotton is more than durable - it's almost indestructible. We're not promising that our shirts will be around in the year 9,000 AD, but you never know.
Over a two-year period, Orvis worked hard to develop a sturdy twill fabric that would remain soft, without becoming threadbare or pilling. Twill is a generic term for cotton or wool fabrics that are woven with a distinctive diagonal wale and more warp yarns per inch. The Orvis Twill is made of high-quality yarns that are doubled, tightly twisted, and then densely woven to create a durable fabric that will not rip or tear easily. With more threads of a particular shade per square inch, the colors are as sharp and durable as the fabric. Our Twill is as soft as silk, thanks to the garment-washing process, and it has been treated to keep shrinkage to a minimum.
Our Twill shirts have been a success, no doubt, because they are incredibly comfortable. But we suspect a big reason for their popularity is that they usually don't require ironing, especially if they're plucked from the dryer while still warm. Orvis Signature Twill shirts come in a variety of rich colors, tartans, and tattersalls. Always elegant and appropriate, our Signature Twill shirts will serve you, and perhaps your descendents, in good stead for years to come.
Our Patch Madras is made exclusively for Orvis in one of the world’s hottest climates. Orvis madras is a pure cotton madras cloth from India, where cotton has been hand-woven into fabric for more than 5,000 years. India’s long tradition of textile production lends a distinctive air of craftsmanship to our men's and women’s patch madras clothing. This lightweight fabric is ideal for summer—it breathes so well because it is woven in a 60/40 thread count, keeping the fabric light yet strong.
India manufactures about 6 billion yards of fabric every year, more than half of which is woven by hand. Textiles are a major factor of the nation’s economy—thanks to the climate, which is ideal for growing cotton, and the skill of millions of native craftspeople. Traditional madras, named for the city where it was originally made, is a fine cotton fabric, yarn-dyed with vegetable dye in solid colors or plaid and striped patterns. These organic dyes ran or ‘bled’ every time the madras was washed, developing a telltale blurred effect over time.
Today, most madras is still made in southeast India, but it is dyed with stable chemical dyes to prevent this loss of color. Our patch madras clothing is made of end-to-end madras. This pastel-hued fabric is woven by alternating dyed and white yarns in the warp and weft, resulting in a subtle depth of color. The bolts of end-to-end madras are then cut into squares and sewn back together to make another single piece of fabric, a process perfected in India. Even our word patch comes from India-it's an abbreviation of the Telug word pach'chadamu, meaning "two pieces of cotton cloth joined together." By the late 1700s, patch was commonly in use in English, defined as "thin pieces of cloth at Madras.
Wrinkle-Free Cotton Shirts offer all the superior comfort, softness, and good looks of cotton in a new wrinkle free that requires no ironing. Available in a wide range of colors, they are ideal for travel and every day. No more expensive laundry bills, morning wardrobe scrambles, or rumpled appearances at important business meetings. Our wrinkle-free cotton apparel always look pressed and ready to go right out of the dryer or laundry basket.
How We Do It
100% cotton that’s wrinkle-free? We found the most innovative and effective treatment for creating wrinkle-free cotton fabric. And we use longer strands of cotton, for a smoother yarn, which in turn creates a less-easily creased fabric. We weave this superior fiber into a pinpoint oxford cloth, lightweight and comfortable year-round.
Because cotton holds 15% of its weight in water, and moves that moisture naturally to the outside of the garment, cotton feels cooler on hot days and is more comfortable next to the skin. This cotton also takes color extremely well, resulting in clean graphic patterns with punch that will stay bright throughout years of washings. When removed promptly from the dryer, they look freshly ironed.
The End Result - Impeccable Wrinkle-Free Clothing!
Soft cotton apparel that won’t wrinkle or shrink. Patterns that keep their colors. Shirts and pants that stay sharp looking through weeks of travel and re-packing. Fabrics that will save you hundreds of dollars in dry-cleaning costs without sacrificing style or comfort. Our Wrinkle-Free apparel is perfectly suited to the office, everyday errands, or travel. You’ll always look cool and crisp, no matter what the day brings.