What is a wrinkle-free shirt? How does it work?

Why do shirts wrinkle?

To understand why a garment could be wrinkle-free, firstly you have to know why there would be a crease in the first place.

Bending is the major reason behind crease formation. When there is room for extensions and compression in the fabric, wrinkles are then formed. Most of the fibers in apparel are made of substances formed by hydrogen(water!) bonds that hold everything in shape. Whenever there is excess heat or an extra amount of water, including sweat, bonds break and molecules can easily move to new positions. Hence, wrinkles are created. Out of all popular fabric types, cotton is known to be easily wrinkled. Despite the comfort of wearing this natural fabric, cotton’s moisture-absorbing nature makes it very reactive to water.

To achieve a wrinkle-free effect on cotton, 2 methods do the job:

  1. Garment manufacturers blend cotton with other wrinkle-prone materials. The most common examples are to combine cotton with synthetic fabrics like polyester and spandex. While they aid in wrinkle resistance, they may also sacrifice the natural comfort of wearing pure cotton, distinctly in terms of skin breathability.

  2. The fabric has to go through a chemical process named “cross-linking”. Cross-linking coats cotton with chemical resins that link up hydrogen bonds and molecules in the fabric structure. Not only would it create stability for the fibers but also a smooth surface for the garment. This method is ideal for preserving cotton’s natural characteristics - soft, lightweight, and breathable

How to tell if something is wrinkle-free?

The industrial standard unit for wrinkle resistance is a “DP Rating.” DP stands for Durable Press. It is a 5-point scale to evaluate the level of wrinkling on a garment. The higher the rating, the more chemical resins were used during the progress of producing the piece.

The market-accepted definition of wrinkle-free is when the garment scores from 3 to 3.5 DP. This is because excessive use of chemical resins would affect the fabric’s texture and breathability. The garment could become hard and fragile, making it easy to break and unbreathable while being worn. A 3.5 rating is the perfect balance between a fabric’s strength, physical performance, durability and comfort.

For modern gentlemen that pursue both convenience and elegance like you, our collection of wrinkle-free shirting collection is perfect for every possible occasion, while saving you from the burden of apparel care. From dress shirts and smart shirts, all styles in our shirt collections have obtained a 3.5 DP rating to achieve a true, wrinkle-free effect.

Instead of blending natural cotton with synthetic materials, our wrinkle-free (non-iron) pure cotton shirting fabrics are completed with 100% extra-long staple (ELS) cotton for smoothness against your skin. This is of utmost importance if you have dust mite, eczema and nose allergies. Cotton is a natural enemy for dust mites - usually the cause of allergies found in air-con and gas from automobiles. We ensure your skin does not act up to allergens, with minimized chemical manufacturing procedures.

Maurizio Bonucci - 

Wrinkle Free / Non-Iron 

Pure Cotton Collection.

Presenting a superior range of Non-Iron 80s 2 Ply in plains and fancies with LA + Moist Cure finish and a minimum 3.5 D.P rating. Made from 100% Cotton, ensuring a soft, breathable, smooth cloth, requiring little-to-no ironing following a wash at home to achieve a flawless wrinkle-free appearance that lasts the entire day. These fantastic travel companions allow the wearer to stay fresh and professional without compromising on quality.


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