Fellow started because we could never find the things we wanted. We found very little in the surf industry that seemed to be made with absolute quality or the environment in mind. Everything was plastic and disposable, not too much was made with a passion or integrity. We want to be different. Quality is our priority. We care about the longevity of our products and the impact they have on the the environment.
We set about creating our own board shorts that were engineered for surfing and made as conscientiously as possible. For us its started with design, we wanted to make board shorts better. If we could make them better by simplifying them even better. We don't like fuss, shouting and clutter. We have grown out of baggy cuts and in-your-face branding.
We propose a calmer approach to leg-wear. Simple, clean lines. It is what we have removed from the board shorts that makes them special. Attention to detail is very important to us and we hope it shows in the final product.
We spent a long time researching all the material options. We looked into the processes involved in making first generation polyester, recycling polyester, nylons, bamboo, hemp and every blend in between. We chose cotton in the end and I will tell you why.
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Polyester/Nylons and blends: We said no to the petrochemical based fabrics because of their impact on the environment and their non-biodegradable nature.
Recycled Polyester: This was a fabric on our list but the amount of energy and chemicals it requires to recycle the original polyester back into a polyester fabric ruled it out for us. Some factories will even buy new and unused plastic bottles to 'recycle' as its cheaper so care needs to be taken with this fabric.
Bamboo: Again this fabric was on our list but the process of turning this fast growing plant into fabric is long, complicated, energy expensive and full of chemicals.
Hemp: This is something we are looking into. At present there are not enough mills producing high quality hemp fabrics for our application. If you can get past the tree hugging image of hemp it is a very good fabric. It grows very fast and is naturally pest resistant so requires few chemicals produce efficiently. The fibre length is very long and holds up incredibly well in aquatic environments, watch this space.
A big yes!
Cotton: we like cotton as a fabric, it is available in an amazing array of weaves and has a great feel. It becomes part of you, it moulds and stretches to fit your exact shape, it gets better with age. Cotton also has approximately 5-10% stretch across its grain quite naturally.
At this stage the shorts are not made from organic cotton as we have not found a fabric durable enough. Organic cotton has a shorter fibre length and therefore is less durable. Out t-shirts are all organic cotton as the wear on the tops is much less severe.