Hemp Shirts: The Process

Quality shirts from an ancient fabric

 

The environmental benefits of hemp spoke for themselves - growing using only rainwater and no pesticides, whilst the fabric gets softer with time.

But in order to create a product that would stand out - be loved - and would spread the word about hemp clothing, I had to create the highest quality shirt possible.

The Mill

The key to this was finding the best hemp mill in the world, and for this there was only one place to go - the same place hemp was first turned from plants into clothing five thousand years ago - ancient China.

Ever since discovering hemp as an incredible, diverse plant, the Chinese have led the way in advancing hemp into a softer and softer fabric that's a joy to wear all year round. And today 70% of the world's hemp is grown there.

 

farmers growing hemp in china

The Shirtmaker

Having seen dozens of fabric samples to find the finest hemp mill, I did the same with shirtmakers, after a long search I settled on one - and have built a relationship with a fantastic family run business not far from the mill.

To many, China has a stigma around it for producing undesirable products, however I am proud to say that I both source my fabric and make my shirts in the country that leads the way in hemp fabric research and development. 

Having both the mill and shirtmaker so close to each other, near where the hemp is grown means the supply chain is short, minimising our environmental footprint. As for the shipping distance to London - for every shirt sold we offset the carbon by planting a tree.

 

a dawn yellow hemp shirt on a navy blue background. colour of the shirt is yellow and the fabric is 100% hemp.

 

Portobello Road Market

When it came to establishing a men's shirt brand in London, there was only one place to go.

In the early days, I set up my stall at Portobello Road Market, and spent the day interacting with the thousands of passers by - many of whom I am now privileged enough to call my first customers. 

As the days of the high street sadly appear to be numbered, and our post-Covid world moves to digital, we are now focused on spreading the word about our brilliant hemp fabric far and wide, online.

 

a collage of two images showing babble & hemp's first market stall in portobello road market London. This is where babble & hemp first sold hemp shirts.