What makes a quality Moleskin?
There are three parts in determining the caliber of a Moleskin. The first is the quality of the yarn; a premium Moleskin will use only soft spun ring yarns for weft, this is what lends Moleskin the supple hand feel and drape. Also, yarn that uses high-grade cotton with a greater staple length will contribute greatly to the quality of the finished Moleskin.
Next, one can evaluate the weave construction and density. True Moleskin is woven with a satin (sateen) weave, which throws a large amount of weft onto the surface. The tightly woven construction is the source of compact sueded hand feel unique to Moleskin.
Finally, as with all finely crafted goods, premium quality starts with heritage and tradition. The mills we work with have refined the unique production specifications over several dozen years. This labor of love and attention to detail makes our suppliers the finest in the world. Recognizing heritage is increasingly important nowadays. It is not uncommon for a brand or retailer to source a cheap brushed twill and refer to it as Moleskin. Be wary of such garments priced at a bargain; it is unlikely to be constructed from quality fabric.