This fabric, created in the 16th century, originally in linen, is named after the city of Cambrai in the North of France. But it was on the other side of the Atlantic that the cotton chambray we know today was developed in the 19th century. Its similarity with denim means it is used to make clothes for manual workers looking for comfortable, hard-wearing clothes. Composed of indigo warp threads and ecru weft threads like denim, chambray differs from its cousin when it comes to the weaving technique. Denim threads have an oblique, even appearance on the front, while chambray is more uneven. Also more lightweight than denim, chambray is mainly used for tops, in particular shirts.
While very easy to care for, chambray shirts will not wear well if washed at high temperatures, like all cotton shirts. Wash at a maximum of 30°C and avoid tumble-drying. Tip: dry the shirt on a hanger to make ironing easier.
Balibaris has made the chambray shirt a must-have piece in the male wardrobe which can be worn all year round and works perfectly with a jacket for more formal looks, but always with a slight casual vibe.