You may think Chambray originated in the 90’s, where double denim ruled and chambray shorteralls were king. And although we’re completely down with that decade and all it gave us, you’d be wrong about the Chambray. In fact, it is thought to have originated in Cambrai, France many centuries ago, as far back as 1595. Who knew? We travelled around the world to find the best Chambray for you, first to France and then to practically everywhere else, and found out that the best Chambray is made in Japan, where the best denim comes from.
The cousin of denim has some key differences that make it such a versatile fabric. Firstly, when it’s woven – the warp and the weft of the fabric cross equally giving it a one times one structure. Yes, pretty technical we know, but in short this is what makes it lighter in colour and with a softer feel. Secondly, both sides of chambray are identical meaning it has no right or wrong side. These features ensure that it’s not only strong and durable, but also soft and breathable which allows the fabric to flow naturally as you move.
In fact, it’s so durable and comfortable that in 1901, the US navy made it the fabric of their official uniform, something that continued all the way through to the end of World War II. The uniform consisted of darker denim trousers with a lighter long or short sleeve chambray shirt, layered over a white tee. And although the chances of you hitting the high seas in your Grana Chambray shirt are unlikely, it’s good to know you could if you wanted to, right?
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