What is Moleskin?
“What is Moleskin?” We receive this question from friends, family members, and customers, several times a day. Despite the namesake, Moleskin fabric is often confused with medical adhesive bandages, Italian pocket journals, and yes, the fur of a mole.
The Moleskin we use in our shirts and trousers is none of the above. Moleskin is a heavy cotton fabric; densely woven from carded cotton yarn in a weft-faced satin (sateen), or twill, weave. The finished fabric is then sheared on one side to create a short soft pile, or nap, that lends it the famous suede-like finish.
It has long been used as outdoor-wear, workwear, and even military uniforms; creating all manner of trousers, jackets, vests, and shirts.