Luxury jersey tops specially developed to trap heat and reduce wind-chill are the latest products made from our cotton yarns to go on sale.
Ashley Watson – British motorcycle clothing and fashion brand – designed the Cardington baselayer tops to be the first thing customers reach for when they head out for a ride.
Designer and founder of the label, Ashley, said: “I’m thrilled with this product – you can feel and see the quality of the cotton yarns in the fabric.
“I set out to make something that could be used again and again, and it does exactly what I wanted it to do.”
Functional and luxurious cotton jersey
Available in navy or ivory, the jerseys have a long list of special features that make them a must-have for motorcyclists.
The fabric, which was knitted in the midlands by Discovery Knitting, is constructed in a dense 400g/m² interlock jersey, to protect against the elements.
The tops have a grip-tape hem to prevent them from rising-up, sleeves cut long and tight to seal the void between jacket and glove and a buttoned chest pocket to keep essential items safe.
“The extra-long staple Supima yarns mean people can wear this often and for a long time, all year round,” said Ashley.
“It’s perfect as a baselayer in colder weather or as a sweatshirt with a t-shirt underneath on warmer days.”
The jerseys are the first cotton garments Ashley has been able to produce entirely in the UK.
He said: “Seeing a product through from start to finish in this country is a brilliant experience.
“There might not be as many makers as there once were in Britain, but there is so much knowledge and expertise.
“I really love being able to work closely with manufacturers – you get a greater understanding. Being able to jump on a train and see the process first-hand and speak to the people who are making your product is invaluable.
“Making a product from English Fine Cottons yarns is something I really wanted to do and I’m really happy with the results.”
Ashley has already received orders for the tops from retailers and is selling them for £80 on his website www.ashleywatson.co.uk