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Fabric Care

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FABRIC DEFINITIONS AND CARE

LOFT uses only the finest fabrics for our clothing and accessories. If you’d like to know what these fabrics are, why we use them and how to take care of them, check the listing below for all the information you need. If you have a specific question about a certain fabrication, please e-mail us at clientservices@LOFT.com

FABRIC GLOSSARY

Angora
A yarn that is spun from the long and silky hair of the Angora rabbit. 
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Boucle
A novelty yarn with a spaced, knotted effect that creates a loopy textured surface.
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Calfskin-Leather
Fine, strong leather most commonly used in shoes and accessories.
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Cashmere
Extremely high-quality, fine wool made from the soft undercoat of the cashmere goat. Cashmere yarns create a fabric that is extremely soft, lightweight and luxurious to the touch. Because of its lightweight qualities, cashmere is a fabric that can be worn all year round. Look for cashmere in LOFT’s collection of sweaters and accessories.
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Cotton
Soft, comfortable, breathable fabrics that are used for a variety of items at LOFT. Cotton provides seasonless versatility and easy care.
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Cotton-Pima
A cotton that, when woven, produces an exceptionally strong fiber. LOFT chooses to use only the finest Pima cotton to manufacture socks and hosiery.
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Cotton-Poplin
A tightly woven high-quality fabric in a plain, flat weave. LOFT most frequently uses cotton poplin in its collection of shirts and blouses.
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Cotton-Stretch Twill
Cotton blended with spandex that is woven in a subtle diagonal texture. The spandex adds comfort, stretch and a refined finish to casual bottoms. Stretch twill is available in a variety of finishes; a brushed finish in the Fall and during transitional times of the year gives the fabric a soft, sueded surface, while unbrushed twill for Spring and Summer is soft to the touch but tailors crisply.
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Cotton-Sateen
A special weave which provides a sheen and luster to cotton. A beautifully refined finish to casual bottoms.
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Crepe
A fabric made of synthetic or natural fibers that are twisted to give a slightly crinkled texture. Most commonly used in suitings, crepe textures are now an important fashion message for sweaters and sportswear separates.
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Denim
A strong, durable cotton twill fabric, most frequently seen in shades of blue. The LOFT basic denim is a high-quality fabric with an even, natural weave and a clean twill line.
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Denim-Stretch
Cotton blended with spandex to give denim added comfort and stretch.
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Flannel
A soft twill weave, usually wool or wool blend fabric, with a brushed or slightly napped surface.
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Jacquard
A special fabrication in which a pattern is woven directly into the material.
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Lambswool
Warm, durable wool that is sheared from young sheep. Most frequently used in sweaters and winter accessories.
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Lambskin Leather
Mostly used for LOFT’s fine collection of outerwear. Lambskin is a refined, durable, quality leather.
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Leather
LOFT uses fine, high-quality leathers for all outerwear, sportswear, shoes and accessories. It is sourced and carefully selected from some of the finest leather tanneries around the world.
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Linen
Very strong, high luster yarn made from flax that is extremely cool and breathable.
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Linen/Viscose
Crisp linen-like fabric that combines linen and viscose to create a refined blended fabric. This is a LOFT classic summer fabric that takes color beautifully and has a slight sheen.
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Matte Jersey
Lightweight rayon blended fabric with a soft feel and subtle crepey texture. It’s great for travel since it does not wrinkle, packs well and offers comfort and ease. At LOFT, we use matte jersey in a variety of sportswear separates, tops and dresses. An essential wardrobe builder.
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Nylon
Strong, elastic and quick-drying. Great blended with natural fibers for durability and stretch.
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Organza
A fine, crisp, sheer fabric generally used for evening wear. Organza can come in a variety of fibers, including silk.
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Polyester
A quick-drying fiber that’s crease resistant and has excellent shape retention. Holds color brilliantly.
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Rayon
A strong, synthetic fiber that drapes well and feels pleasant to the touch.
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Satin
A smooth and lustrous fabric that can be made of a variety of fibers. Satin fabrics have a sheen on one side and are dull on the other. Satin has become a new option for day in soft shirtings and sportswear.
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Sharkskin
A smooth, non-pattern fabric that is woven to create a subtle two-tone appearance. Most frequently used for suits and sportswear separates, sharkskin is the perfect alternative to a plain solid fabric.
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Silk
A lustrous and fine fiber that can be woven or knitted into a variety of high-quality seasonless fabrics. Silk is a naturally strong fiber that produces long-lasting, versatile clothing and accessories. LOFT is known for its wide assortment of silk items-from sweaters to suits, bags to blouses, as well as dresses and wraps.
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Silk-Chiffon
A very lightweight, sheer fabric.
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Silk Crepe
A refined silk fabric that drapes beautifully. The crepe-y surface gives it a slight sheen. This is the perfect seasonless silk fabric.
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Silk-Georgette
A fine, sheer fabric made with twisted silk yarns that drape beautifully in soft, feminine styles. LOFT commonly uses silk georgette for blouses, skirts and dresses.
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Silk-Dupioni
A crisp, slubby textured fabric woven from silk yarn. The fabric has a subtle sheen and takes dye beautifully, producing richly colored material. Dupioni is a versatile fabric that can be worn for any occasion.
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Silk-Shantung
Similar to dupioni silk. Made from silk yarns, with a distinctive uneven, slubby surface. The fabric is very crisp with a subtle sheen and takes color beautifully. Shantung is a versatile fabric that can be worn for any occasion.
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Silk Twill
Made from silk yarns woven in a twill weave which gives the fabric a soft suede like touch with high duarability which makes the fabric ideal for sportswear.
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Spandex
An elastic textile fiber that provides stretch and shape retention when blended with natural fibers.
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Suede-Goat and Lamb
Lightweight, soft, fine skins. LOFT frequently uses this type of suede for lightweight jackets and sportswear.
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Taffeta
A smooth, crisp fabric that can be made of a variety of yarns or fibers. Taffeta has become a versatile material that can be worn for day or evening, and is used in both apparel and accessories.
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Triacetate
A soft, fluid fabric made of blended man made fibers. Triacetate is a seasonless fabric that tailors beautifully, travels well and is a signature LOFT wardrobe-building essential.
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Tulle
A sheer netting fabric most frequently used for special-occasion and evening wear.
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Velvet
A luxurious fabric that is characterized by its thick, soft pile. Velvet comes in a variety of fibers and blends such as rayon/silk, cotton or nylon, and takes color to the highest level of depth and richness. It’s a versatile fabric that can be dressed up or dressed down, so it’s appropriate for almost any occasion.
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Wool-Double Crepe
A finely woven wool crepe with a modern twist-created by bonding together two layers of fabric to create a lofty, lighter feel.
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Wool Gauze
A lightweight transparent like wool fabric that is suitable to wear all year.
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Wool-Merino
Fine, high-quality wool that is produced from the fleece of the Merino sheep. Wonderfully soft to the touch, Merino wool is a versatile yarn that can be woven or knitted into a variety of Fall fabrics. LOFT most often uses this fine Merino wool in sweater collections.
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Wool-Stretch
Wool blended with spandex for the added characteristic of comfort and ease. A subtle update that makes a classic wool yarn new and modern. A modern LOFT wardrobe essential.
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FABRIC CARE

 General   
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Cashmere
 
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Cotton
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Leather/Suede
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Linen
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Silk
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Wool
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SHOE CARE

General
All LOFT shoes are made of quality leather. We use leather for many reasons, but the most important feature is its malleability. Because leather is soft and supple, it has the ability to stretch and conform the shape of the foot without losing its elasticity. It also has the ability to "breathe" because it contains countless pores that allow moisture to pass through. Calfskin, Embossed Kidskin, and Nappa Clean with a polish made especially for these materials.
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Suede
Use a brush and protective spray made especially for suede.
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Nubuck
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Patent
 
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