Portuguese flannel-making requires such traditional expertise and delicacy in all of its stages of production that it is considered a form of art. Portuguese mills are mainly located in and around the city of Guimarães, not only historically considered to be the cradle of the country, but also the spot for an esteemed textile industry, alongside farming and wine-making traditions.
One of the distinguishing and most laboured processes that flannel-making demands is the lifting up of the fibre ends, whereby the expert weavers at Portuguese Flannel 'nap' the cloth using a meticulous brushing technique. In doing so, this significant process distinctly raises the fibre ends to create a long lasting material with a smooth and cosy texture.
This wisdom lies at the heart of a passionate workforce and a family business that spans four generations.
Here at Philip Browne Menswear, we are proud to stock Portuguese Flannel this season.