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The story of EtaProof begins in late 1930’s England, where a team of scientists engineered an improved fabric for fire hoses by weaving extra long staple fibre cotton into an extremely dense plain weave cloth. With the onset of World War II in 1939, the bulk of Britain’s industrial might was turned towards the war effort and Ministry of Defence engineers discovered that this new cotton fabric could serve a valuable, life saving purpose for British fighter pilots. Dubbing it Ventile®, the fabric was adapted for survival suits, prized for both protecting downed pilots from the frigid water of the Atlantic ocean and keeping them comfortable in the cockpit during long missions. Following the war, the fabric went into mass production and continued to be the ultimate choice for high performance in extreme conditions for decades, being worn by legendary mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary on the first summit of Mount Everest and Sir Ranulph Phiennes on his crossing of the Arctic.
By the 1990’s, the neoliberal policies of the previous decade led to marked decline in British textile production. The original weaving factories were no longer able to produce the fabric to the stringent specifications required by both the Ministry of Defence and consumers. In the search for a new producer that can meet these stringent demands, they look to a Stotz® which had already garnered a world-class status for their high-quality woven fabrics. Founded in 1939 in Switzerland, Stotz had a long tradition of innovation, quality, and state-of-the-art knowledge and was already a trusted name in densely woven fabrics, making it a natural choice to carry the torch of Ventile. After only 6 months, their precision manufacturing facilities are able to exceed the strict quality specifications of the original, producing the fabric to quality never seen before and marketing it under the name EtaProof™. Today, Stotz is the sole manufacturer with the capabilities to produce these high performance cotton fabrics.
The process of making EtaProof™ begins with the highest grade, extra-long-staple organic cotton. These rare cotton fibres are carefully spun with high precision to create an even, uniform yarn and are then doubled to increase durability and abrasion resistance. Over 15,000 individual strands of yarn are then threaded onto the loom and woven into a fabric, a process that takes meticulous precision and several hours to complete, with resulting fabric containing over thirty percent more yarn than conventional cotton. After careful inspection and testing by the Stotz® team of textile experts to ensure the utmost quality, the fabric is then sent off for dyeing and finishing using a specially developed process. After dyeing, the fabric could be treated with a durable water repellency finish (DWR) on both sides of the fabric for added performance and water resistance.
This natural and sustainable fabric works in a deceptively simple way. When the tightly woven, extra-long-staple yarns are penetrated by water, they swell and create a barrier to additional moisture, while a hydrophobic impregnation provides additional water repellency. This tight weave also creates a windproof barrier and allows the durable fabric to age gracefully over time without losing its functional properties. Pure cotton construction means that the fabric is one of the most breathable weatherproof fabrics on the market, and ensures the garments are soft, quiet and comfortable. For SS21 we utilize three variations of EtaProof™ fabrics.
Our Station Jacket is a modernized rendition of the iconic trucker jacket unified with technical performance attributes. Made from heavy Stotz® EtaProof 270 that is optimized for weather resistance and breathability. We added a YKK Excella™ dual zip closure that is concealed with an original shank button fastened storm flap. The chest pockets have been enlarged for modern utility, and concealed side seam zip hand pockets provide secure storage during travel and daily commuting. Made in Canada.
Our Fatigue Jacket modernizes the utilitarian military BDU, with a more contemporary fit and technical upgrades. Made from midweight Stotz® EtaProof 200 that is optimized for all-season comfort, weather resistance and breathability. Four large chest pockets with concealed snap flap closure offer an abundance of storage. The placket design conceals a YKK Michel snap button closure, with self-fabric reinforcement for a secure fit and ease of use. Made in Canada.
Our Brigade pant is a classic BDU Cargo pant with upgraded fit, materials and hardware. The shape has been slightly modified to have a more contemporary relaxed fit, while the materials has been improved using midweight Stotz® EtaProof™ 200 that is optimized for optimized for all-season comfort, weather resistance and breathability. Snap tab waist adjusters for varied size preferences. Zippered fly with genuine Corozo top button. Additional details include snap flap hand and seat pockets for extra security, bellowed cargo side pockets, reinforced seat, articulated knee pleats and drawstring cinch for a custom fit of your choosing. Made in Canada.
The mechanic pant re-worked. While retaining it’s original DNA we modified its construction with the use of Stotz® performance natural fabrics, using heavy EtaProof™ 270. Featuring a flat front and relaxed fit, we’ve updated the details with storm welt pockets at the rear to secure your belongings and a single welt pocket at the right side for your mobile phone. Made in Canada.
The Ballistic Vest takes inspiration from military frag vests and is a versatile layering garment with abundant storage capabilities. Made from midweight Stotz® EtaProof 220 Ripstop that is versatile and durable, with a classic ripstop weave appearance. Front closure is fastened with a YKK Excella zipper with custom debossed metal pull, as well as with a snap button storm flap. Two large angled flap patch chest pockets, with hidden snap button fastening, offer storage for essential items along with two vertical zippered hand pockets. Made in Canada.
Our Brigade short is a classic BDU Cargo short with upgraded fit, materials and hardware. The shape has been slightly modified to have a more contemporary relaxed fit, while the materials has been improved usingmidweight Stotz® EtaProof™ 200 that is optimized for optimized for all-season comfort, weather resistance and breathability. Zippered fly with genuine Corozo top button. Snap tab waist adjusters for varied size preferences. Additional details include snap flap hand and seat pockets for extra security, bellowed cargo side pockets, reinforced seat, articulated knee pleats. Made in Canada.
Our Field Cap is built with a water and wind-resistant Stotz® fabric, using heavy EtaProof™ 270 that is optimized for dura-bility and weather resistance. The six-panel design features tonal embroidered ventilation eyelets, as well as structural brim stitching. Adjustable for a custom fit, this cap is fastened at the rear with a Horween Chromexcel leather strap and metal clasp with debossed logo. Made in Canada.
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Fatigue Jacket - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Earth
Fatigue Jacket - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Olive
Fatigue Jacket - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Black
Station Jacket - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Navy
Station Jacket - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Olive
Station Jacket - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Black
Brigade Pants - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Earth
Brigade Pants - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Olive
Brigade Pants - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Black
Ballistic Vest - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Ripstop Olive
Ballistic Vest - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Ripstop Black
Brigade Shorts - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Earth
Brigade Shorts - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Olive
Brigade Shorts - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Black
Aviator Pants - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Olive
Aviator Pants - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Black
Work Pants - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Khaki
Work Pants - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Olive
Work Pants - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Black
Field Cap - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Khaki
Field Cap - Stotz® EtaProof™ Cotton Olive