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"Regular Fit": The measurements given in the table apply to the vast majority of women's styles.
Our "Comfort Fit" is cut 3-12 cm wider and applies to the following styles:
"Comfort Fit / Plus 3 cm": SIENNA, SIENNA LA, MILLA P, CIARA, ALESSA LA, MAILA, MAILA LA, FEDRA, FRITZI, FAUN, FRIEDE
"Comfort Fit / Plus 6 cm": FABIA, FABIOLA, FELIPA, FABIENNE
"Comfort Fit / Plus 10-12 cm": POLA LA, FEBE LA
a: Chest measurement: Measure under armpits at point of largest chest measurement.
b: Body length: Measure left from collar welt to bottom edge of hem.
The combination of dyes and substances of the highest quality* with a 15-step in-house prefit treatment guarantees a human-ecologically optimised knitted fabric and a number of real unique selling points. In the process with water, steam and heat, in a (quasi) closed system at approx. 130°C, without chemical additives, excess pigments and pollutants are dissolved out of the knitted fabric. The fabric remains fresh even after prolonged wearing and sweating because the transfer of harmful substances from the fibre to the skin or a decomposition reaction with body perspiration is largely prevented. The products are therefore ideal for people with sensitive skin or for allergy sufferers.
The process includes elaborate manual techniques, which are also a novelty. The usual industrial machine processes that mechanically stress the knitted fabric are consistently replaced by manual gentle processes. The result is an extraordinary inherent elasticity and dimensional stability of the fabric, the highest Colour fastness and drying suitability for all our products.
The final stages of this innovative process route finally succeed in bringing out the "South American silk" inherent in the superfine cotton. This explains the unique feel and look of the finest Urpima®️ jersey fabrics. Urpima®️ is a registered trademark of Stefan Brandt.
*The dyes and auxiliaries used are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified and listed in the bluesign®bluefinder for sustainable textile manufacturing and also support the OEKO-TEX®Standard 100, Cradle to Cradle®(EPEA) and the EU Ecolabel.
Urpima©️ is a brand of Stefan Brandt and stands for selected bales of Peruvian ELS (extra long staple) Pima cotton, where unripe and overripe fibres are not picked (selected bales) and in an innovative process route, in combination with the revolutionary 15-step prefit treatment, the "South American silk" inherent in this luxury cotton is gradually brought out.
Stefan Brandt's style is a tribute to the materials used and the precision craftsmanship in manufacturing. This is also reflected in the use of elaborate hand-stitching techniques. For collars, cuffs and button bands, all fabric and fusion interfacing is fixed by hand stitch with needle and thread before sewing. In the jersey segment, this application is an innovation, but at the same time it guarantees precise fits.
The seamstresses also check the measurements "in-situ", i.e. continuously during the sewing process, thus guaranteeing fit accuracy to within +- 1mm.
Seams that require exact symmetry are sewn with templates. Our (mother-of-pearl) buttons are sewn on by hand "on the stem" and crosswise. The sewing of the button in a single - visually hardly noticeable - point has been a common standard at Stefan Brandt since day 1, but is unique, probably worldwide. The button cannot tear off even with high traction (rather the knitted fabric breaks). A replacement button is therefore also not necessary. The above-mentioned and numerous other ready-made elements, which conventional industries implement with automatic machines, are consistently sewn by hand at Stefan Brandt. Because there is no "shortcut" to excellence.
Stefan Brandt's knitted fabrics are exceptionally inherently elastic and dimensionally stable. This is primarily due to Stefan Brandt's innovative in-house prefit treatment; and in particular to the fact that mechanical tensile and compressive stresses on the knitted fabric are kept below a threshold value throughout the entire process. This is achieved with gentle manual processes that minimize the formation of (initially microscopic) stress matrices in the knitted fabric and thus significantly increase the macroscopic elastic limit and dimensional stability.
Stefan Brandt considers mechanical processes, including the typical rolling of the knitted fabric webs or the stretching of the fabrics to uniform and large widths before cutting, to be no-goes, even though they are apparently the rule worldwide without exception.
Local tension matrices, i.e. damage to the knitted fabric, can be largely avoided and the elastic limit significantly increased with the help of manual techniques. These manual techniques are associated with high costs, but explain the uniqueness of the fabric in terms of ELASTICITY and SHAPE STABILITY. The manual processes are time-consuming and associated with high costs (material waste, loss of production capacity, etc.), but are the guarantee that the fabric does not lose its shape and has the high inherent elasticity, even without elastane. The raw knitted fabrics also go through a PREFIT TREATMENT with water, steam and heat, without chemical additives, in which machine processes are also largely replaced by manual ones and provide further individual characteristics.
The difference between the fabric types is that the items with Anexo 50 are slightly lighter (125g/m²) and even silkier, which also results in a higher light reflection. Men's T-shirts in this 50 fabric are slim fit.
The pieces with Anexo 30, on the other hand, are slightly heavier (175g/m²) but equally popular with our customers.
Some love the extremely silky and bright look of 50s shirts, others prefer a slightly thicker (but still very silky) fabric and opt for 30s.
Colour fastness is the resistance of dyeings to various effects, especially washing. Stefan Brandt works exclusively with dyes and auxiliaries of the highest available grade worldwide.*
However, the real success is achieved by the additional in-house Prefit treatment. In this process, with water, steam and heat, without chemical additives, even the last "loose pigments and impurities" are removed from the fabrics. Even after prolonged wear and perspiration, the fabric still feels fresh, as there are no contaminants left in the knitted fabric that could transfer to the skin or enter into a decomposition reaction with body perspiration. The combination of high-quality ingredients with the elaborate Prefit treatment provides a precious knitted fabric that, according to current findings, is particularly suitable for people with sensitive skin or for allergy sufferers.
*The dyes and auxiliaries used are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified and listed in the bluesign®bluefinder for sustainable textile manufacturing and also support the OEKO-TEX®Standard 100, Cradle-toCradle®(EPEA) and the EU Ecolabel.
Pima cotton is classified as a luxury fibre because of its fibre fineness.
Prized for its exceptional softness and natural silky sheen, it is also known as the silk of South America. Peruvian Pima cotton is the finest of the Pima cotton varieties and grows in the northern coastal valleys of Peru. There, the rich soils soak up the ideal amount of moisture at almost perfect equatorial temperatures. The result is a cotton with particularly long fibre lengths (30-35 mm). Unlike many of the commercial cottons, Peruvian Pima cotton is still harvested entirely by hand to avoid damage to the fibre that occurs during machine harvesting. Industrial harvesting leaves scratchy impurities that affect the smoothness of the cotton and cause an unsightly yellow tinge. In comparison, the result of hand harvesting is a glossy shade of white that is ideal for dyeing. Hand harvesting is also more environmentally friendly.
The top priority for Stefan Brandt is that the fabric does not lose its shape.
An innovative process route of Stefan Brandt's guarantees that the mechanical stresses on the knitted fabric remain below the threshold value of the deformation limit. This successfully suppresses microscopic deformations, which macroscopically manifest themselves in a reduction of dimensional stability, or prevents permanent damage due to local overstretching.
This manual gentle process delivers impressive material characteristics. The inherent elasticity is so exorbitantly high that textile experts often assume that it is due to an elastane content in the knitted fabric; in fact, however, it is the natural inherent elasticity resulting from the special in-house techniques. The wearing comfort is impressive and even after washing the fabric retains its shape unchanged.
Stefan Brandt products are tumble dryable, whether they are Pima cotton, linen, silk, wool or exclusive blends of silk, wool, cashmere, viscose and modal. Each of our qualities has real unique selling points, i.e. properties that are unique in the world. One of these is our universal drying properties as a result of our prefit treatment.