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Cut Loose

Cut Loose is an extensive line of casual clothing that’s sewn and dyed to order in San Francisco. They are known for their fabrics, flattering fit, and colors. The shapes are simple, and you can easily combine pieces for a sophisticated look.

Boutiques across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom customize their own Cut Loose collections each season by selecting styles and telling us which colors from our seasonal palette to dye them. So, the Cut Loose collection you find at a resort looks very different from the assortment you see in a city-center shop.

 

Colorful beginnings

Cut Loose started in the late ’70s, street-vending T-shirts and drawstring pants on Fisherman’s Wharf. Since there were no changing rooms, the clothes were literally cut loose – one size fits all. Back then, you couldn’t find T-shirts in great colors, so they dyed their own in a Victorian claw-footed bathtub – and people loved them.

 

Garment dyed and gone to heaven

When they outgrew the bathtub, they moved on to old-fashioned washing machines (with a mangle on top!). The enameled interior could withstand the salt in the dye bath, so many weekends were spent at garage sales, hunting for more machines. These were gradually replaced with customized machines and small computerized dye vats. Their color library is extensive, built up over the years by offering new colors each season alongside historic best sellers. This helps them accommodate special requests and formulate custom colors.

 

Their quest for fabrics

Cut Loose gradually expanded from T-shirt material to other fabrics that can handle their dyeing process, including novelty cotton knits, linen, rayon (made from wood cellulose), Tencel (made from cotton linter) and various blends.

Every potential Cut Loose fabric is tested to see how it takes the dye; how it holds its shape; how it shrinks; and whether it twists or pills or feels scratchy. The dye bath is 200º F (just below boiling), and they truly believe, “If a garment can get through our dye process, it can get through your life.”

 

Flattering fit

They describe their fit as “implied shape,” meaning the shape of the body is implied in a flattering way. Cut Loose clothes skim the body for a fluid silhouette. When a Cut Loose garment “fits,” it simultaneously flatters the figure and allows room to really move.

 

Their many shades of green

Cut Loose keeps their environmental footprint as light as possible. their dyes are non-toxic, and they neutralize their waste water so the salt doesn’t corrode the city’s pipes. Fabric tests are re-purposed into scarves, napkins, market bags, even scrunchies — for sale at their factory store. Garments are shipped without hangers or plastic bags, using recycled packaging materials. Even their labeling is minimalist.

 

Relax with Cut Loose

The name “Cut Loose” is figurative, inviting you to have fun dressing in a relaxed style, with a bit of individuality. Each season offers new wardrobe workhorses, pieces you can wear over and over, and combine to create your “go to” outfits. Cut Loose clothes are simple to launder and easy to pack, unpack, and wear — even when you pick them up off the bedroom floor.

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