We are excited to announce that we are creating Most Noble! We will be directly manufacturing raglan (baseball-style) shirts to start, followed by hoodies, dresses, and other apparel. Our hemp apparel is durable and breathable – perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and camping!
We are beginning sales! Check us out at the University Hills Farmers Market every other week, starting June 25th. Our apparel will start with the 7.4 oz 55% organic hemp 45% organic cotton blend. The “oz” is a measure of fabric weight per square yard, which is also a measure of fiber density. The most common weight people are familiar with is 5.3 oz, which is the same as our “lightweight” lines.
Our retail pricing for apparel we’ve already made is $40 for the lightweight (5.3oz) solid black or natural shirts or $60 for the 7.4oz multi-colored shirts, plus tax. If you want us to customize size or fit, we will make one just for you for an extra $15. If you’re looking for wholesale rates for larger purchases or to sell them in your shop, please reach out to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you gone to a store and found the perfect shirt, but it’s too long? Short? Wide? Narrow? We believe in clothing made just for you that actually fits! Since we make them ourselves, we can accommodate modifications. As we collect more data for our patterns (clothing patterning requires a lot of mathematical calculations!), we will begin offering a wider variety of pre-set sizing that can be modified further!
- Classic Cut – our standard with a good balance of room, length, and fit
- Elfin Cut™ – designed to fit smaller, more willowy frames – similar to “petite” cuts.
- Heroic Cut™ – designed for fire brigade physiques with room to accommodate more muscles and extra length
- Royal Cut™ – designed to fit 2XL+ sizing and styling, with better tailoring and more room.
Pictured is a raglan (baseball-style) 3/4 sleeve shirt! The color options are also pictured so feel free to mix-and match!
Here are some of the things you can customize:
- Sleeve Style – raglan & standard
- Sleeve length – short sleeve, long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve
- Color combination – body, collar, and each sleeve can be a different color if you wish!
- “Fit” or width
- Hem- can be a “traditional” folded hem or a “raw” serged hem
Hemp is not a new fiber used for clothing! It has a very long history, and is thought of as some of the oldest fibers used for clothing. Even in the United States, hemp has been used for such historical items as the first American flag made by Betsy Ross.
- Much more durable than cotton
- Antibacterial properties
- Softens with use
History in a Nutshell
Hemp textiles have a very long history and may have been some of the earliest plants used for cloth! Some remnants of hemp cloth date back to roughly 8,000 BC. A little bit closer to home, hemp fabrics were extremely important to the fledgling United States. The 13 Colonies in the US all grew hemp at some point or another and many of the US “founding fathers” grew and bred hemp plants for textiles, in fact at some points it was illegal for the colonies to not grow hemp. It was often used for sailcloth, since it was far more durable than cotton and had a higher resistance to decay. This is why the first American flag, made by Betsy Ross, was made of hemp! Unfortunately, around the 1800s, hemp began to decline since it resisted mechanization and was replaced by cotton (which embraced it). Once ships changed over to chains and steam vs rigging and sails, hemp was mostly gone.
Pros and Cons
The textile hemp plant has several advantages over cotton – the plant requires 50% less water than cotton and is self-sustaining, meaning that it reduces or eliminates the need to use pesticides or herbicides. They are also much more durable than cotton. One of the largest advantages is that hemp naturally suppresses the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi. This means that hemp clothing helps reduce bad body odors and doesn’t retain those odors. There is one study that found that hemp fabrics inhibit even the growth of e-coli and staphylococcus. Hemp textiles also have strong moisture wicking properties and “breathability,” which help make you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
There are a few downsides of hemp textiles. First, 100% hemp fabrics are somewhat rough on the skin and not terribly pleasant to wear, so most hemp fabrics require a blend with another material, usually cotton. They do happen to soften over time with washing and use. Secondly, they tend to cost more. The industry as a whole has seen bits of revitalization, but farms that grow hemp, particularly in the United States, are rare. Another potential downside is that hemp fabrics have a bit of a stigma since they are often confused with the drug cannabis plant (similar family, but different plant).
We selected hemp for our garments because of the many advantages it offers over cotton. We find it excellent for outdoor uses like hiking, fishing, and hunting, as well as everyday