Why Local

Why 100 percent cotton?
At Vic Bay, we are committed to creating value and sustainability throughout our manufacturing process. From sourcing of the finest cotton to the delivery of our garments, we constantly monitor and improve our processes that enhance our Southern African value chain.

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Cotton Our cotton is currently 100% South African. We do, however, source from our neighbouring African countries from time to time.

Knitting Our fabric is knitted in body size tubular form allowing for seamless-side products. We also produce wide width fabric for our golf, junior and winter product ranges as well as special customer orders.

Cutting Our state-of-the-art bierrebi automatic cutting machines are used to ensure fast and accurate cutting of garments.

Spinning Our 100% cotton yarn is subjected to stringent tests to ensure the highest quality yarn.

Dyeing Our fabric is dyed to international colour fastness and performance benchmarks to ensure stability.

Assembly At our assembly operations in South Africa and Lesotho, garments are manufactured according to the highest standards.

Why Cotton

Cotton is the most important and commonly used material to make clothes, from suits to dress shirts to about the most casual piece of clothing you see in the stores.

The use of cotton fibre to make apparel dates back centuries when men discovered its unique properties, such as its durability, comfort and ability to be dyed that made it ideal for clothing.

Durability Cotton, being a natural fibre, is relatively durable, allowing it to withstand several machine washes and heat. However, extra caution has to be taken when it is being exposed to strong chemicals such as acids and bases as that may destroy its natural molecular structure, causing it to lose its shape.

Resiliency Cotton fabric tends to wrinkle easily. However, due to technological advancement and development in textile engineering, the problem can be eliminated by pre-coating the fabric with a layer of anti-wrinkle agent such as liquid ammonia to alleviate the problem.

Fineness It is a misconception that finer fibre gives rise to better quality cotton. In fact, well-established cotton producers look out to eradicate immature cotton fibres which tend to be 20% thinner than mature fibres. Thinner fibres can lead to early wear and tear in shirting fabrics as they are less durable.

Absorbency Cotton absorbs moisture readily, making it a comfortable wear in summer. It also has the ability to hold the fabric slightly off the skin, enabling greater comfort in hot weather conditions.

Heat Conduction Cotton allows heat to pass through easily, thus making it a comfortable fabric to wear in summer.

Fibre Length The fibre lengths of cotton vary from half an inch to about 2 inches. Normally, longer fibre length gives rise to better quality cotton which costs more due to its longer growth cycle and its increased demand (with the advent of luxurious brands). As long fibre cotton takes up about 3% of the worldwide output, it is typically used for luxurious apparel.