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Behind Our Fabrics

Discover the One-of-a-Kind
Character of Solaro Fabric

Discover the One-of-a-Kind Character of Solaro Fabric

Specialized looms for weaving solaro fabrics
Herringbone solaro fabric, hand inspected for quality

Solaro is the name of a specific type of fabric recognizable by its distinct colour and radiance. To the untrained eye it may look like just any other fabric, but upon taking a closer look, various hints of red, brick, tan and even olive-green start to emerge.

Solaro fabric suit and knit layers in neutral colors
Sand crewneck and solaro suit with broad peak lapels

The Origin of Solaro

Like many modern menswear staples, Solaro fabric was popularized in the late-19th to early-20th century. Invented by Italian doctor Louis Westenra Sambon, it became a popular choice for the British military as a protective material against the sun's harmful UV rays. Its practicality, aesthetics, and versatility made it a favourite among British troops, who utilized the red side of the fabric to cover their helmets and the beige side for their uniforms.

How Solaro Fabric is Made

While specific color shades sometimes vary, Solaro’s traditional look is made by weaving brick red and light olive-green yarns together, typically in a herringbone weave. The variation of the warp and the weft yarns create an iridescent effect which captures light and reflects it different shades—the effect of catching sunlight is the root for the name “solaro”.

Detail of red solaro tint on inside of shirt-jacket
Unlined shirt-jacket in solaro fabric

The Evolution of Solaro Fabric

Originally crafted in cotton and developed for warm climates, Solaro has come a long way to become one of the most iconic fabrics in luxury men’s fashion. From linen for a summery feel to year-round cottons, silk blends for luxury and versatile mid-weight wool, Solaro is a fabric for all seasons & occasions.

Though most common as a twill weave in the classic beige with iridescent shades of brick red, today, Solaro also comes in less textured finishes in various shades of brown, grey, and blue—ensuring everyone will find a Solaro style they love.

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Wool Silk Solaro by Delfino, Italy
Wool Silk Solaro by Delfino, Italy