Fabrics


4-Way Stretch Wool swatch

4-Way Stretch Wool

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% Wool

Origin: Italy

Weight: 19 oz

Features: Heavyweight overcoat wool in an innovative jersey knit that provides 4-way stretch


The key to this heavyweight wool being included in our Spring Summer product line is not only its custom Madras pattern, but also its innovative construction. Instead of being woven like overcoat wools of comparable weights, this fabric is constructed in a fine jersey knit, which allows the fibers’ natural elasticity to provide 4-way stretch without the addition of spandex. The results transcend the boundaries of wool’s traditional benefits, and offer enough flexibility to make sense in a hoodie that can be legitimately be worn as outerwear, or cool-weather running shorts.

Water-Repellant Canvas swatch

Water-Repellant Canvas

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% cotton

Origin: Italy

Weight: 395 GSM

Features: Lightweight structure, classic canvas texture with water-resistance.


Sturdy canvases are a staple of workwear, but their nautical associations tend to be what inspire us. Hence this version, used for our take on a Marine-Corps-style Military Jacket. The overshirt structure and simple utility of the silhouette (which includes whole-panel chest pockets on either side) lend themselves to a slightly more robust fabric. The water repellency is a sensible technical update that makes this more wearable in transitional weather, or on a boat.

Cotton Linen Madras swatch

Cotton Linen Madras

NOAH-Cross

Content: 74% Cotton, 26% Linen

Origin: Italy

Weight: 9 oz

Features: Engineered pattern, lightweight but densely woven. 


As the weather turns warmer, Madras is too essential to be confined to the gauzy, loosely-woven cottons originally imported from India. That’s why we’ve developed this weightier version with an Italian mill that specializes in translating patterns you’d normally only find in shirting fabrics onto more substantial cloths. It’s a cotton/linen blend ideal for spring, that’s lightweight despite how many threads it packs in per square inch.

Heavyweight Practice Cloth swatch

Heavyweight Practice Cloth

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% cotton 

Origin: Canada 

Weight: 12 oz

Features: Highly constructed, heavyweight cotton jersey. Yarn-dyed.


You’ve probably heard us extol the virtues of our rugby-weight Practice Cloth. Its strong weave and high-quality cotton make it crisp and durable, and if you own any of the various products we make from it every season, you’re familiar with how well it stands up to wear and washing. This spring we’ve also used the heavier, 12-oz version to make a striped chore coat. The inspiration comes from the colorful patterns of striped denim plentiful in the 80’s (especially in womenswear), which lend themselves to the yarn-dyed, engineered stripes Practice Cloth does so well.

Mini Ripstop Nylon swatch

Mini Ripstop Nylon

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% nylon with polyurethane film 

Origin: Japan

Weight: 94 GSM

Features: Lightweight, wind-and-water resistant, tear-resistant.


Anoraks were invented to offer lightweight protection from wind and water, and their effectiveness depends on high-quality materials. This triple-layer Japanese nylon is the best of its kind. Its ripstop weave is especially fine, making the Pullover Windbreaker we made from it lighter and more fluid than comparable outerwear, while still delivering on the promise of the fabric’s eponymous ruggedness. A polyurethane film between its inner and outer layers makes it especially wind-and-water resistant.

Brushed Flannel swatch

Brushed Flannel

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% Cotton

Origin: Portugal

Weight: 195 GSM 

Features: Ultrasoft, densely woven, brushed-twill flannel.


Flannel’s softness and comfort translates to spring and summer shirts as long as the fabric isn’t too heavy. This Portuguese version is actually a highly brushed twill, and its plush outward face seems almost too luxurious for its weight. Even as the weather gets warmer, flannel’s a useful light layer for cool evenings at the beach.

Cashball swatch

Cashball

NOAH-Cross

Content: 95% Recycled Cashmere, 5% Nylon

Origin: Italy

Weight: N/A

Features: Lightweight warmth and insulation. Compressible, breathable, moisture-wicking. Animal and eco-friendly. 


This is a fill rather than a fabric, but we’re including it here because it leverages the unique properties of cashmere in an eco- and animal-friendly way. Made primarily of pre-consumer waste, it’s cruelty-free (since cashmere is humanely harvested, unlike some live-plucked waterfowl downs), environmentally friendly (since it makes use of the excess left behind in the cashmere refining process), and offers the lightweight, compressible, breathable warmth cashmere is famous for. It’s effective even when wet, draws moisture away from the body, and keeps its shape.

Sanded Chino swatch

Sanded Chino

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% cotton

Origin: Italy 

Weight: 350 GSM 

Features: Sanded surface, saturated colors, crisp patterns.


This is a weighty twill used in our Single-Pleat Pants and Military Shorts. Made in Italy, it features a plush, sanded outer surface, satisfying structure, and saturated colors. We also took advantage of the mill’s printing expertise to develop custom patterns, which include paisley and two types of camo.

Swimwear Nylon swatch

Swimwear Nylon

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% nylon

Origin: Italy

Weight: 3 oz 

Features: Ultralightweight, quick-drying, strong. 


Instead of outdoor activity shorts you could potentially swim in, we think of the water first. The design details and ultralight, quick-drying Italian nylon of our swimwear offer expert functioning for things like surfing. But the quality and tailoring mean they’re also very much up to the tasks of running, hiking, and climbing when they’re outside their native habitat. We know it because we’ve used them in these ways ever since we first made them.

Heavyweight Cotton Piqué swatch

Heavyweight Cotton Piqué

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% cotton

Origin: Portugal

Weight: 307 GSM

Features: Dry hand, honeycomb structure, breathable. 


The whole point of piqué is its breathable structure, achieved via special dobby looms that allow the warp threads to be raised and lowered to create minute geometric patterns in the fabric. But most piqué available today is too thin and cheaply made to showcase this. This substantial version from Portugal is a different story. It’s got real weight, and the subtly raised, honeycomb threads give it the unique tactility missing from your everyday polo shirt. It remains highly breathable, and the ultradry hand makes sense for summer.

Sweater-Knit Mesh swatch

Sweater-Knit Mesh

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% Cotton

Origin: Portugal

Features: Fully-fashioned, highly breathable mesh sweater knit.


Mesh’s functional role in athletic shirts always appeals to us for summer, but it tends to be relegated to polyester fabrics. This material, however, incorporates fine perforations into an elegant, sweater-style knit. It’s fully-fashioned, and has enough substance not to be see-through, despite its airy construction.

Woven Jacquard Twill swatch

Woven Jacquard Twill

NOAH-Cross

Content: 66% cotton, 34% virgin wool

Origin: Italy

Weight: 260 GSM

Features: Woven structure with engineered jacquard design.


This cotton/wool twill from Italy uses a specialized jacquard loom that incorporates multi-colored flowers into the weave (rather than printing it on one side). In addition to the visual depth of the design, the twill itself has a refined hand, reminiscent of lightweight suiting.

Lightweight Fleece swatch

Lightweight Fleece

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% cotton

Origin: Canada 

Weight: 10 oz

Features: Lightweight brushed-back fleece


Our made-in-Canada, 100% cotton sweatshirt fleece is well known for its stoutness and warmth. This version is simply a lighter weight that’s perfect for layering as the weather gets warmer. It’s constructed the same way, double-faced with a dense, dry exterior and a cozy, brushed reverse side that traps body heat.

Sand-Stripe Linen swatch

Sand-Stripe Linen

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% Linen

Origin: Italy

Weight: 160 GSM 

Features: Lightweight breathability and strength, unique pattern and colors


This high-quality, Italian-made linen is one of a kind. In addition to the material’s famous feel and ultralight breathability, its bold stripes are not something you’d normally find in suiting of any kind. Further, the color combination, which employs elegantly dyed threads, produces an aquatint effect that highlights this classic fabric’s unique profile.

Ultralight Mercerized Cotton Jersey swatch

Ultralight Mercerized Cotton Jersey

NOAH-Cross

Content: 100% cotton

Origin: Italy

Weight: 6 oz 

Features: Ultralight, refined, vibrantly-colored jacquard jersey. 


This ultra-lightweight, rainbow-grid jacquard knit uses two-ply, long-staple, double-mercerized cotton yarns knit on circular machines at a high-tech Italian mill. It’s strong and color-fast, with a subtle sheen and silky hand. The knit is so breathable it’s translucent when held up to the light, but not see-through while being worn. It brings a special elegance that’s hard to find in a t-shirt.