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MV Style helps you to live your beliefs by offering stylish, comfortable clothing made with natural fibers. You can learn more details about each fiber below:

Many people wear natural fabrics primarily for ecological reasons, but we know there also are verified health reasons for placing only natural fibers against your skin. The inherent characteristics of natural fibers offer advantages in breathability, temperature regulation, durability, water absorption, antimicrobial properties, and more, versus synthetic fabrics that:

  • Disrupt the normal function of your body due to their low breathability, hygroscopy (water absorption), and thermal regulation. This in turn can lead to overheating (even heat stroke in a high-temperature climate), or getting too cold, which can lead to getting sick.
  • Can create a "greenhouse" effect, which disrupts the normal reaction of your skin to create a barrier and encourages a favorable condition for bacteria growth, thereby causing or worsening skin disorders and the course of allergic reactions.
Characteristics Fabric Characteristics by Type
Natural Man-made
eco-friendly non eco-friendly
Cotton Linen Wool Silk Bamboo Lyocell Modal Viscose Acetate Synthetic
Durability less durable than linen durable less durable than cotton very durable durable durable durable less durable than natural fabric less durable than silk very durable
Ability to wrinkle average high low low low low average high lower than viscose very low
Hygroscopy (water absorption) high higher than cotton high high high high higher than cotton higher than cotton low low
Thermal capacity (temperature regulation) average higher than cotton high higher than cotton high high average low low varies
Dust absorption low low high low low low low low low low
Shrinkage high high high high low low low high high low
Antimicrobial quality average high average high high average average low low low
Breathability high higher than cotton high high higher than cotton & wool high high low low low

Organic Cotton

Certified organic cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides, herbicides, or artificial fertilizers. It also is free of formaldehyde finishes.

Cotton is popular for a reason - its soft texture and breathable nature make it very wearable, and it just feels good against your skin. Additionally:

  • The arrangement of the cellulose gives cotton a good degree of strength, durability, and absorbency.
  • Unlike synthetics, it doesn't pill, emit static electricity, prematurely age, or trap perspiration.
  • People with allergies and chemical sensitivity especially benefit because conventional cotton may retain harmful toxic residues.

Linen (Flax)

Linen is a material made from the fibers of the flax plant. We believe that no other type of material can be more comfortable and more satisfying than linen, for several reasons:

  • Highly absorbent - Can absorb and lose water rapidly, quickly removing perspiration from the skin.
  • Good conductor of heat - In winter it keeps the heat in; in summer it feels cool to the touch and creates a feeling of coolness and comfort.
  • Easy care for the long-term - Resists dirt and stains, has no lint or pilling tendency, and can be dry cleaned, machine washed or steamed. Withstands high temperatures and yields minimal initial shrinkage. Gets softer the more it is washed, and doesn't fade.
  • Strongest of the vegetable fibers - Has 2 to 3 times the strength of cotton, enduring up to 20 years of use.
  • Unique antibacterial qualities - Linen contains natural antiseptic that prevents bacterial growth. Helps kill microbes, thereby preventing fungal diseases, inflammation, and damaged skin infection.
  • Environmental filter - To some point protects from a chemically aggressive environment, noise, dust, radiation, gamma rays, and electromagnetic waves.
  • Strongest energy of all fibers - Creates a feeling of calm, concentration and depth of thought. Psychotherapists agree that linen fibers have an ability to protect a person from depression, nervous and psychotic breakdowns.

SILK

Silk is a natural protein fiber obtained from cocoons made by the larvae of silkworms. The prized iridescent appearance comes from the fibers' triangular prism-like structure, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles.

Besides its luxurious softness and lustrous beauty, there are various other benefits of silk that other fabrics, whether natural or man-made, simply cannot match. Despite misconceptions about its delicacy, the following advantages have rightly earned silk its reputation as the queen of fabrics, and placed it in a league of its own:

  • The most hypoallergenic of all fabrics because of its natural protein structure.
  • An all-climate fabric, silk is warm and cozy in winter, without being bulky underneath, and comfortably cool in warmer temps. Highly absorbent: it can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp, so it absorbs perspiration while letting your skin breathe.
  • Relatively robust and strong - Its smooth surface resists soil and odors well; is wrinkle and tear resistant, and dries quickly. It easily competes with steel yarn in tensile strength.
  • Takes color well; washes easily; and is easy to work with in spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing. Mixes well with other animal and vegetable fibers.

WOOL

The term "merino" originally was restricted to denote the wool of the merino sheep reared in Spain, which can be traced back as far as the 12th century. Today in the knitting trades, "merino" generally implies an article made from the very softest wool. Unlike "traditional" wool, merino is much finer, softer, and itch-free for all but those with severe sensitivities or lanolin allergies.

The utility of the fiber itself is evident in cold-weather and high-performance applications, offering:

  • Superior breathability
  • Temperature regulation
  • Inherent antimicrobial properties
Wool

Man-Made Eco-Friendly Fabrics

As technology moves forward and we all realize a greater need to preserve our planet, fiber-processing companies are doing their part in the effort. Conscientious companies are creating new fibers that not only possess important health attributes comparable to natural fibers, but also are manufactured using the principles of sustainable management and high environmental standards.

Most people assume there are two broad categories of fibers: 1) natural fibers such as cotton, wool, hemp, ramie, and silk, and 2) artificial fibers synthesized from petrochemicals such as nylon and polyester. But there is a third category that falls somewhere in-between, and includes the following fibers:

Bamboo

Bamboo as a fabric? Yes! And what a surprisingly versatile fabric it is - both for your body and the environment. Bamboo is made from the cellulose extracted from the bamboo plant, and can be made into easy-care, buttery-soft, machine-washable fabrics. Bamboo is a marvelous fabric to wear, or for home furnishings, because it:

  • Is comfortable and breathable, wicking moisture at twice the rate of conventional cotton, and drying quickly.
  • Has natural antimicrobial protection designed to inhibit the growth of the bacteria and fungi that cause odor, helping to protect you from perspiration, staining, and keeping your clothing looking great longer. Best of all, bamboo clothing keeps its natural antimicrobial benefits even after repeated washing.
  • Is hypoallergenic.
  • Is softer than cotton with a texture and sheen similar to silk, yet is washable and can be worn all year round since it keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter.
  • Is easy to dye without using harsh chemicals.

Bamboo is good for our planet because it's a natural, renewable resource that grows very quickly with very little water, doesn't require fertilizers or pesticides, adds more oxygen to the atmosphere than trees, and has a complex root system that helps fight erosion.

Lyocell

Lyocell is a fabric most know better by its brand name Tencel®. It has a soft finish, packs light and is made from cellulose (vegetable matter), or wood pulp (typically a mix of hardwood trees such as oak and birch). This makes it a natural fabric, and it is noted for its durability and strength, in addition to its eco-friendly manufacturing techniques.

Some main characteristics of lyocell fibers are that it is:

  • Soft and drapes well
  • Absorbent
  • Very strong when wet or dry
  • Resistant to wrinkles
  • Easily cleaned by machine- or hand-washing or drycleaning
  • Can be dyed many colors
  • Simulates a variety of textures such as suede, leather, or silk

MODAL®

Modal® is currently called the new "wonder" fabric. It is a processed, bio-based textile made from the reconstituted cellulose of beech trees. This fabric combines the benefits of natural fiber and the fantastically soft feel of modern microforms:

  • Soft and smooth, with a texture similar to that of cotton or silk.
  • Cool to the touch.
  • Very absorbent and breathes well.
  • Resists shrinking more than cotton.
  • Less likely to fade or pill as a result of friction.

Having hygroscopy higher than cotton, and the luster of silk, Modal® remains soft and lustrous after several washes.

NOTE: Our garments may contain small amounts of the following fabrics: Lycra® - a trademark for spandex, a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity. Although, we strive to have our items made from only natural materials, some of them, especially exercise and active wear, may contain Lycra®. We use no more than 10% in any garment to allow the garment to stretch and move with you. We continue to seek natural alternatives to Lycra® for future fabrics.