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The Navas Fabric Ethos

by Alex Sinanan |

Made Ethically, Sustainably, Locally and to Perform the Everyday

When Navas was founded in 2014, we wanted to make clothes fit tall men but also make fabric locally when possible. Back then, options were limited and people even laughed, "Why don't you make it overseas? It's cheaper." But we wanted to grow alongside local businesses and support our community. So, we continue this choice and practice it whenever possible. Now, turn the clocks to the present, and we've covered some ground. But we're always searching for new opportunities, just like the name Navas, which stands tall for navigating.

Why Bamboo?

The majority of our fabric contain a high percent of bamboo.  Why you ask? Firstly, bamboo is a sustainable material that grows in abundance. In fact, it's one of the fastest growing plants reaching 80 feet in just 40 days! Even tall guys don't grow that fast. Bamboo requires less water and pesticides compared to cotton. Moreover, it has natural wicking and antimicrobial properties, which is essential for any tall guy. Bamboo's breathability and super softness aren't bad attributes to have as well.


Layering is Key

Whether you're a tall guy riding your bike, playing some video games or simply mucking about, proper layering is essential. Effortlessly controlling your body temperature and breathability is key for the everyday.

Light layers are thin and extra wicking to be worn close to the body.
Mid layers are thicker and more insulating.
Heavy layers like hoodies and sweaters layered over top.

LIGHT LAYERS

Bamboo Cotton

Description
  • Lightweight bamboo cotton stretch jersey 
  • Light Layer: worn close to body
  • Soft and comfortable to touch
  • 66% Rayon from bamboo / 28% cotton/ 6% spandex
Performance
  • Built to perform with natural wicking and antimicrobial properties
  • Breathes so well, it doesn't carry 'guy' odour
  • Easy stretch for everyday activities and beyond
  • Bamboo is blended with cotton for durability
Ethics and Sustainability
  • Sourced Locally
  • Fibers and processing meet the OEKO-TEX standard 100 for environmental friendliness
  • Dyed without heavy metals, phthalates, lead or formaldehyde and meet OEKO-TEX 100 environmental standards



 

Bamboo Microstripe

Description

  • Light weight bamboo microstripe cotton stretch jersey
  • Light Layer: worn close to body or as a light second layer
  • Soft and comfortable with a premium handfeel
  • 66% bamboo/ 28% cotton/ 6% spandex
Performance
  • Built to perform with natural wicking and antimicrobial properties
  • Breathes so well, it doesn't carry 'guy' odour
  • Easy stretch for everyday activities and beyond
  • Bamboo is blended with cotton for durability
Ethics and Sustainability
  • Sourced Locally
  • Fibers and processing meet the OEKO-TEX standard 100 for environmental friendliness
  • Dyed without heavy metals, phthalates, lead or formaldehyde and meet OEKO-TEX 100 environmental standards

  

Tencel Organic Cotton

Description

  • Lightweight TencelTM organic cotton jersey
  • Light Layer: worn close to body
  • Soft and comfortable handfeel
  • 66% TencelTM / 28% organic cotton/ 6% spandex
Performance
  • Built to perform with natural wicking and antimicrobial properties so it can be worn for days at a time - makes the perfect travel shirt!
  • Breathes very well
  • Easy stretch for everyday activities and beyond
  • Blended with cotton for durability
Ethics and Sustainability
  • Sourced Locally
  • Fibers and processing meet the OEKO-TEX standard 100 for environmental friendliness
  • Dyed without heavy metals, phthalates, lead or formaldehyde and meet OEKO-TEX 100 environmental standards

  

MID LAYERS

Bamboo Compact Jersey

Description

  • Midweight bamboo compact jersey 
  • Mid Layer: worn close to body or as a warmer second layer
  • Jersey has a compact, premium feel
  • Soft and comfortable handfeel
  • 90% bamboo / 10% lycra
Performance
  • Built to perform with natural wicking and antimicrobial properties
  • Breathes so well, it doesn't carry 'guy' odour
  • Easy stretch for everyday activities and beyond

Ethics and Sustainability

  • Locally milled in Ontario
  • Fibers and processing meet the OEKO-TEX standard 100 for environmental friendliness
  • Dyed without heavy metals, phthalates, lead or formaldehyde and meet OEKO-TEX 100 environmental standards

  

HEAVY LAYERS

Bamboo Fleece

Description

  • Bamboo lycra fleece blend
  • Heavy Layer:worn as an outlier for summer nights or extra layering during winter
  • Soft and comfortable with a premium handfeel
  • 87% rayon from bamboo / 8% cotton/ 5% spandex
Performance
  • Built to perform with natural wicking and antimicrobial properties
  • Breathes particularly well
  • Easy stretch for everyday activities and beyond
  • Bamboo is blended with cotton for durability
Ethics and Sustainability
  • Locally milled in Ontario
  • Fibers and processing meet the OEKO-TEX standard 100 for environmental friendliness
  • Dyed without heavy metals, phthalates, lead or formaldehyde and meet OEKO-TEX 100 environmental standards