When we started Peau de Loup we made it our mission to leave as little footprint as possible. So we put our thinking caps on and found a way to reduce waste while making a high quality garment, fit for you, and affordable for everyone!
Using our overseas manufacturing resources we’ve found that fabric mills are usually required to over-produce fabrics by 10%, and oftentimes this fabric goes unused. Setting up the lines for garment manufacturing costs the factories the same amount of money regardless of whether they are producing 50 shirts or 5000 shirts.
We decided to up-cycle and source only the best available fabrics - these are limited-edition, one-time-only roll ends of fabric left over from other companies' production. Because we are not producing new fabrics, our shirts are close to zero-waste: unlike big, fast-fashion retailers, PDL doesn't add any harmful dyes or chemicals into the environment, and at the same time we keep these unique cottons out of the landfill. Our manufacturers pay their workers a living wage, and together we create an ethical and eco-friendly product.
Because the fabrics are available in limited quantities, we do small runs of each design, and we can never get the same fabrics back again once they sell out.
Our manufacturers send us an assortment of fabrics they have left over. We look through them to source only the best ones - 100% cotton in unique prints. We make sure all of the fabric widths are the same and then using our perfect button-down body block we cut all the fabric at once, reducing the resources needed to produce each run of shirts. Depending on the amount available in each fabric, the number of shirts we get in each design varies.
Because we use upcycled fabrics we have limited quantities of each fabric - so get em' while they are hot! We are never able to get these fabrics back for a restock, so once the shirts have sold out, they are gone forever. Please also note that the shrinkage on each fabric will vary; they can shrink up to 5% which would be about 1.5". We recommend always washing cold and hanging to dry.
Please see our size charts below. Looking for something you haven't found here? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to help or even add to this page if necessary.
Fit is incredibly personal - some like their shirts to fit snugly around their body while others prefer to wear them looser. We've provided a number of fit charts below to help you find your fit. Note that there are some variations in the way different fabrics will hang on your body, and some shirts will fit more snugly than others. We recommend always sizing up in flannel.
NEW - we've added a bust-waist-hip circumference measurement chart below. If you're at the top 1 - 1.5 inches of the bust range, you will likely have to release the box pleat.
Below are the flatlay measurement charts for our Alpha shirts. We have shown our measurements taken from lying the garment flat and measuring in inches. We recommend grabbing a shirt you own in similar fabric and comparing!
In between sizes? Go for the smaller one - there’s a pleat in the back of every PDL shirt that you can remove with a seam ripper - this will give an extra 1½ inches to prevent button-gape.
Note about sizes 18 and 20: We have released our NEW 18 and 20. When purchasing these sizes, please check the item description for whether they are "new" or "old" sizes.
If you were a size 20 in the old sizes, you are likely a size 18 in the new sizes. If you found the old 20 too small, give the new 20 a try!
All PDL Alpha fit shirts have the following features:
The box pleat at the back of every PDL shirt allows for a bit of flexibility in sizing.
If your shirt fits in the shoulders and arms but is a little snug through the bust, you can remove the pleat to gain an extra inch and a half in that area. Kindly note that shirts with the pleat removed are no longer eligible for exchange or refund.
To remove the pleat, you will need a seam ripper. This little tool comes with most sewing machines and sewing kits. Watch the video below to see how it's done:
If the shirt is too roomy around the hips, you can also extend the pleat to take the shirt in by 1 - 1.5inches from the waist down. This is a pretty simple sewing job if you have the skills. You'll need a sewing machine and an iron. Kindly note that all modified shirts are ineligible for return/exchange.
Watch the video below to see how it's done:
This size chart applies to our "camp collar" shirts. Kindly note that these shirts have no pleat! There's a bit of extra space in the bust and hips compared to our regular Alpha fit shirts. These were designed to be worn open, but you can button 'em up too.
Here's a rough translation chart between our button-up shirt sizes and our wondrous, pocketed, Alpha Jackets. Please note that a match on these charts will mean that the button-up and the jacket will be the same size; go up a size if you'd like a looser fit!
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