Shirts: the timeless and four-season piece of clothing, an absolute must have in everybody’s wardrobe

Wearing a shirt means loving comfort and style, for a comfortable and impeccable look that Pontex has been proposing for more than 50 years through high-quality shirt-weight fabrics  

Shirt in fabric by Pontex 100% cotton: art. 01203/P05 Prisma PXT – width 145/148 – weight 140/150mtl

The history of shirt dates back to the ancient Roman Empire: at that time, it was used as a garment to be worn under dresses, it did not have any collar and it was realised with one fabric alone. Furthermore, sleeves did not have seams and were obtained from the rest of the garment. 

Over the years, the techniques to tailor shirts have consigned us a contemporary piece of clothing: a shirt is provided with sleeves, separated from the rest of the garment, with a neckline and more and more refined fabrics like linen and silk, because the element that makes the difference in this type of garment is, for sure, the quality of the fabric. 

Since 1950, Pontex realises only the best shirt-weight fabrics: top-quality yarns are carefully selected to create very different weights, hands and looks.
It means that the same model can present different looks: slight variations sometimes, or even very significant ones depending on the type of garment we need, anyway always maintaining the strong charm of this great classic of the wardrobe, that is a synonymous with practicality and timeless class.

Cotton or elastomer cotton?
Viscose or Rayon? Silk or cotton silk? 
Choosing the fabric depending on the type of shirt that we want to realise is very important  

Choosing the fabric 

In general, the most used fabric to realise shirts is cotton: it is the one that lasts longer over time and it is often the first choice made by the big brands of fashion. The cotton used for yarns for shirts shall belong to long or extralong-fibre cottons. 

In particular, Pima cotton, well known for its high quality, is provided with natural shininess and resistance to use that make it very suitable for shirts because it has a very soft hand. 

Stretch cotton, “poplin”, is very used to tailor this piece of clothing: it allows to obtain a fresh and dry hand, a compact look that is soft and elastic at the same time. 

Shirt in fabric Pontex: art. 5610/000 Neith 55% Viscosa 45% Rayon – width 132/136 – weight gr 95mt2    

Viscose, rayon, cotton, linen, silk and cotton silk too are fabrics that are very used for shirts, proposed in the capsule collection by Pontex.

  • viscose: soft, shiny and pleasant to touch, it is the ideal choice for light, breathable shirts that dry in a little time and that usually do not create creases and crumples;
  • rayon cotton, cotton combined with rayon, a cellulose fibre based on cellulose that increases its anti-crease resistance and duration. Shirts with a shiny and uniform look are thus obtained.T
  • linen, the breathable fabric par excellence: resistant, fresh and ecological for “eco-friendly” shirts;
  • silk and cotton silk for one of the most loved, celebrated and shown off essentials in women’s wardrobes: the light and fluid blouse that maintains the charm of the past with an almost “fluid”, impalpable look, that allows us to indulge ourselves with colours and looks. 

Engraved in the hand: all our fabrics, depending on the yarn (therefore on the fibre used and on processing), on the structured texture and finishing, may vary in a significant way in look and hand, giving the final piece of clothing a really different look and comfort. 
The characteristics “felt by the hand” touching the fabric are: warmth, freshness, softness, compactness, etc.

Type and weight of the yarn used for the shirt-weight fabrics are studied by the Research & Development office of Pontex in order to satisfy the most varied needs: from 100 to 170 grams per linear metre for cotton, Pima cotton, stretch and fixed cotton poplin, viscose, rayon cotton and linen fabrics. 

Shirts in fabric by Pontex: in the colours white, black, orange, beige, blue (Season Spring Summer 2024). 
White: art. 12098/00; black: art.1203/000; orange: art.1535; beige: art. 1203/59 Prisma; blue: art.1203/000 

Wide range of shirt-weight fabrics available in stock 

All the shirt-weight fabrics by Pontex are available in stock (stock service) and in basic colours, with the possibility to customise their weight and colour. The discreet elegance of white is also expressed through colours in the new proposal for shirts made by Pontex for the next Spring/Summer season: black, blue, orange and beige

News & Fairs

Fabrics with Structured Texture: when crossing is fashion

Piquet, dobby, broken twill effects to “play” with fabric and give structure and identity to each piece of clothing, using the best yarns The fabrics for clothing with structured texture are obtained thanks to a particular weaving, where the final effect is determined by the way in which the yarns of the warp (parallel to selvages) intersect those of the weft (perpendicular to selvages).Each type of structured texture gives life and structure to the fabric because, depending on the crossing of yarns made by the movements of the loom, unexpected, original and unique effects are created.     For the Collection Spring Summer 2025, Pontex has realised a capsule of structured-texture fabrics with high-quality raw materials: natural fabrics one-hundred per cent cotton and stretch cottons (cotton with elastomer) to grant comfort and utmost wearability, added to utmost resistance and durability, to pieces of clothing like, for example, trousers. Thanks to advanced weaving techniques, Pontex realises and proposes fabrics with structured texture with three-dimensional effects, piquet, dobby, broken twill effects, double cotton satin with slub effect. The particular crossing of warp and weft and the use of high-quality raw materials allow to obtain fabrics with unique and particular effects, with more or less sustained hands depending on the structured texture being more or less “open” with yarns tighter or less tight in the crossing. For the Spring Summer season, Pontex also “plays” with untied effects, thanks to the particular construction of the fabric art. 01618/P05 MICHELLE PXT 100% COTTON width 147/150 weight 150m2 230 mtl For the Spring Summer season, Pontex also “plays” with effects like knitting, that make the piece of clothing likewise a comfortable sweatshirt. art. 01516/P05  ELARA STRETCH PXT 98% COTTON 2%ELASTOMER width 143/146           weight 195m2  285mtl Each fabric of this Capsule is designed inside our Style Office, that works in strict collaboration with our Customers to create always new proposals, experiment new types of crossing and new techniques and thus offer exclusive products able to satisfy a more and more demanding international clientele. The quality check, always executed inside our company, allows a visual, sensory and functional analysis of the characteristics of the fabric to provide a suitable and top-quality product. Discover Spring Summer 25 Collection Technical note: "structured texture" means both the set of operations to assemble the loom to prepare it for weaving, and the way in which the yarns of warp intersect those of weft. Therefore, a structured texture defines which kind of fabric will be obtained from a specific weaving. navigate_next

A Fabric Affair Los Angeles – 28/29 February 2024 – Booth Pontex

We will present our new 2025 Spring/Summer Fabric Collection at the A Fabric Affair in Los Angeles: from 28 to 29 February 2024, 212 East 8th Street, 5th floor, DTLA. Visit our booth Pontex. We hope to see you on that occasion and we invite you to contact us writing an e mail to for further information about our products. navigate_next

Trendy palette for the season Spring-Summer 2025

The trendy palette for the Spring Summer 2025 includes full and bright dyes, renewed by unusual pigments, combined with lighter and desaturated dyes Our new Collection Spring Summer 2025 proposes fabrics for clothing more and more in line with today’s needs: prolonged summer and a nature that is treading a fine line and therefore is to be respected and protected.  Our colour-palette moves from concentrated intensity to desaturated dyes, to wrap the new season with lightness and brightness, in the principles of sustainability and innovation. Sugar cane brown, detox green, bold orange and quartz pink are the main dyes guiding this new capsule through the choice of natural and light fibres and the full colours of summer, that reflect the natural element. Sugar cane brown Detox green Quartz pink Bold orange Colours that best express the essence of the new season for Pontex, made of fabrics inspired by concepts like nature, light, lightness and adjustment to realise unique, ethical and aesthetical pieces of clothing with an elegant and practical Smartorial style. Discover all the fabrics of our new Collection Spring/Summer 2025 navigate_next