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Upcycled Fabrics

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.

How does it work?

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.

Upcycled - We Use Scraps

Size & Fit

Please see our size charts below. Looking for something you haven't found here? Email us at info@peaudeloup.com and we'll do our best to help or even add to this page if necessary.


Button-Up Sizing Guide

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.

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 in the chest to prevent button-gape. 

Fit Guide by Style

One of PDL's foundational values is to create classic products. That’s why we have a suite of standard styles that we make in an assortment of fabrics. Once you know your fit in a particular style, you’ll be ready to snap it up when a limited edition upcycled fabric you love pops into our collection!

We've photographed a variety of styles on a few different bodies so you can get an idea of how our shirts might look on you. If your questions aren't answered here, please get in touch with us for personalized fit advice.

Size 4

Size 8

Size 16

BUTTON DOWN

The PDL classic Alpha fit. A box pleat half-sewn down in the back for easy size adjustments, a collar that buttons down at the lapels, and our signature inside pocket. Available in a wide variety of fabrics, from flannel to Oxford to poplin and more, in short sleeve or long sleeve. > learn more about the box pleat and how it lets you customize your fit here.

BUTTON UP
A more formal take on our classic shirt, the button up features no lapel buttons and a stiffer collar that holds its shape. Typically made of stiffer, more premium fabrics, this is your go-to shirt for a formal event. It has an ever-so-slightly slimmer and shorter form (about 1cm shorter in the sleeve and torso) than our typical Alpha fit, with the same shoulder width.

COLLARLESS
Fashion-forward and unique, the collarless shirt features a modified, relaxed Alpha fit with no pocket and an open box pleat – making it less fitted in the body. You can sew the box pleat down yourself if you want a snugger fit.

CAR COAT & WALKING JACKET
Our terms for an unlined light shirt-jacket perfect for wearing while you walk. Our jackets are made out of heavier fabrics, from cotton flannel to wool to corduroy, and feature our signature embroidered pocket on the outside of the left breast. The car coat has outside patch pockets while the walking jacket has slit pockets for your hands.

FLANNEL
Our flannels come in almost all our collar and body styles, but they’re special in that they tend to fit snugly – especially since we tend to wear them over a tee shirt – and they’re more likely to shrink in the wash. Therefore, we recommend you always size up in flannel.

ABOUT THE MODELS

Our size 4 model is 5'9", with a 34" bust, 25" waist, and 32" hips.

Our size 8 model is 5'9", with a 36.5" bust, 30.5" waist, and 42" hips.

Our size 16 model is 5'10".

Customizing Your Shirt with the Box Pleat

The box pleat at the back of PDL shirts allows for a bit of flexibility in sizing. Note: collarless shirts do not have their pleat sewn down by default.

Removing the Pleat for More Space in the Bust

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:

Extending the Pleat to Take Your Shirt In at the Hips

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:

Founder's Suit Sizing Guide 



 

Chino Sizing Guide

This size chart applies to our newest chinos!  We took all of your feedback from the making of our founders trouser and made all the right changes!  Let us know what you think!

Underwear Sizing