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

Milano Unica – 9/11 July 2024 – Pavillion 2, stand J25

This year, for the first time, Pontex participates in Milano Unica, the reference fair for high-end fabrics and accessories for Women and Menswear, scheduled on the 9th, 10th and 11th July in the stands of Rho Fiera, Milano. Pavillion 2, stand J25 navigate_next

A Fabric Affair New York – 17/18 July 2024 – stand Pontex

We will present our new 2025/2026 Fall-Winter Spring/Summer Fabric Collection at the A Fabric Affair in New York: from 17 to 18 July 2024. 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

Eco-friendly pieces of clothing with natural fabrics, dyes and finishing: our strategy to be more and more friendly to the earth  

Circular fashion wastes less resources and prefers those pieces of clothing that last over time, realised with fabrics based on renewable fibres and production wastes close to zero. Using natural and light fibres like linen and cotton, natural dyes and finishing like bio-based resins is the strategy for a sustainable and resilient future in fashion too. Natural vegetable fibres: the first step to an eco-friendly piece of clothing   For the season Spring Summer 2025, Pontex proposes a capsule of fabrics realised with natural vegetable fibres like Linen, Cotton and Tencel, for pieces of clothing that are 100% eco-friendly. in this picture: art. 02106/P05 Rowena Pxt, 100% Linen, width 145/148, weight 145m2  220mtl «So many clothes were never produced before. And clothes have never been worn so little.». — Circular Design for Fashion, Fondazione Ellen MacArthur Linen is one of the most appreciated fabrics for clothing for spring, thanks to its comfort and versatility. Stylists and creators prefer it for those pieces of clothing aiming at originality and artisanship, pieces with which to establish an emotional relationship, to grow fond of, to have them always in your wardrobe. Furthermore, Linen has a lot of positive characteristics: it is a breathable and thermoregulating fibre, it has got a shining look and is very suitable for dye and finishing. It is an ecologically responsible fibre because it is traceable and biodegradable.  Cotton is a natural textile fabric with vegetable origin: the most used in fashion industry. It is absolutely eco-friendly since it is 100% biodegradable, ecologic, recyclable. It is easy to dye and soft, very resistant but breathable and versatile at the same time, therefore, suitable for any season. Combining cotton and linen, we can produce thin, fresh and light fabrics. In this picture: art. 01618/P05 Michelle Pxt 100% Cotton, width147/150, weight 150m2 230 mtl Pontex capsule of cotton fabrics also includes recycled cottons with cold dyes that give different and unexpected looks, biologic and sustainable cotton with BCI certification and  GOTS certification. In this picture: Linen shirt, art. 02103/P05 100% Linen with cold dye for a fully natural effect.  Tencel fibre too is conquering more and more space in the sustainable fashion industry, since it is ecological and eco-friendly. It is particularly elastic, with a good resistance to wrinkles, it is soft and light and absorbs dye very well, thus acquiring really vivid colours and offering generous shades. When mixed with other fibres like Cotton and Linen, the performances of the fabric concerning resistance, comfort and sustainability increase even more. Second step: dyes with natural pigments and colours  The green strategy of Pontex for a sustainable and resilient future is focused on using natural and light fibres like Linen, Cotton and Tencel, as well as on the use of natural pigments in dyeing operations, using colours that are considered eco-friendly as obtained from renewable resources.Ethical, and aesthetical too: dyes with natural colours allow to obtain beautiful colours, very different from those obtained using synthetic colours.  In this picture: an example of fabric for clothing in linen and cotton from Pontex Spring Summer Collection 2025 Pontex, Art. 04002/R05 Jolly Pxt Sale Pepe Delave' 56% Linen 44% Cotton, Width 144/147, Weight 140m2 210mtl Third step: finishing with bio-based resin The third step to obtain a 100% eco-friendly piece of clothing is to use natural types of finishing, applying on natural fabrics, like linen and cotton, bio-based resin, for example, that have low impact on environment.  In this picture: samples of resin-treated fabrics by Pontex, with the application of completely natural bio-based resins.  art. 02103/R04 Grazia New Delavè 100% Linen, width 140/143, weight 145m2 220mtl This is the case of resins that have biomasses like corn and rapeseed as raw material, thus substituting those deriving from fossil sources like petroleum. These resins can be applied on any kind of fabric, also on feather-weight, light and impalpable technical fabrics.   If we want to be friends of earth, and if we want to fight for a responsible and sustainable future - in line with the goals of the Agenda 2030 – the first step is that of choosing unique pieces of clothing that last over time, ethical and aesthetical too, without sacrificing the comfort and elegance of a timeless style.  In these pictures jogger trousers from Pontex Collection realised with natural fibres and dyes: Cotton, Linen, Tencel. Articles: 04202/P05 Alicia Pxt 55% Tencel 45% Linen; 01811/P05 Poppy Pxt 55% Tencel 45% Cotton; 01514/P49 Anemone Pxt Summer Peach 100% Cotton; 01812/P05 Hoya Pxt 71% Tencel 16% Linen 13% Cotton; 04205/P05 Lavander Pxt 55% Linen 45% Cotton If you are interested in discovering more about our natural fabrics, dyes and finishing, contact us for further information navigate_next