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Fabrics & Care | Xavier Athletica


We make your kit out of 100% cotton. Why? There are a number of reasons which quite reasonably you have never thought about. It's hypoallergenic. It will not make you itch, nor irritate your skin, that's why our medical friends use it when the best care is required. It allows your skin to do its thing without interference.


It's a fabric that breathes, as nature intended. No hi-tech wizardry required, it just lets your skin get on with its temperature control thing without stress or strain. And its thermal qualities are excellent year-round, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. [It is all those tiny pockets of air caught between the fibres.]


Then there is the "wicking". In the sportswear industry it was all about the wicking properties of the fabric. Remember that? Cotton is pretty much the leader of the wicking pack. It is that good.


Oh, and durability. This is where we say goodbye to cotton science and get to the feel of cotton. Ever had a cotton T-shirt that felt less like an old friend with each wash? No, neither have we. On that durability point, whilst it's true you can get your kit in all sorts of man-made blends that look great in the pictures, cotton is actually very resilient, with high tensile strength, that gets stronger when wet - just in case you where thinking about sweating at all?!


We're not just about cotton though. Read our blog post on Fabrics.

Washing & Drying

Look after your kit. It's made to be washed. A lot.


You'll find the instructions printed on the inside of each garment, which you should follow, obviously. As a general rule, the cooler the temperature the less the impact on the fibres. And of course, it's better for the environment. Our garments are made of natural fabrics, so washing on 30 degrees with today’s advance detergents is plenty hot enough.


Do not tumble dry but instead dry flat for best results.


Because the colours are fixed you'll find that there is little immediate loss of colour. As you wear and wash your kit you will notice a gentle fade over time, giving a lived in quality, which makes the garment truly your own. We like that. It looks especially good with jeans...just saying.


Our Ethos

XA is committed to giving you high quality, tailored athleisure wear, influenced by classic style and authentic craftsmanship.

Excellence in form, fit and function is a given. No questions. No compromise. Always appropriate, getting you through the day with the confidence that reflects the relaxed, easy style of XA.


Our Factory

Our factory is a family run business in Portugal, employing 100 locals or so, many of whom have lived and worked there all their lives. The factory is Oeko-Tex certified - the International Environmentally Friendly Standard - that exceeds the requirements of EU legislation.


Our fabric is made to our exact specification. Yarn is turned into cloth, dyed using environmentally friendly dyes, treated to fix the colour, and then tested, and tested again - to ensure that shrinkage will not exceed 5%.


Once the fabric has passed the laboratory’s tests, it is then tailored by a team of Ateliers, to our design. They tweak and adjust until we are satisfied with the fit, drape and performance of the garments. Finally, they are passed to the Production Team to manufacture, pack and ship to Xavier HQ.