A new menswear company is creating a line of suits, shirts, and ties that are all water-repellent and spill-resistant. Called Vardama, the company has been developing for the past two years as Jorge Vega Umana and Kaustubh Varma worked to perfect a special compound that would not only allow their designs to be water-repellent, but also make them feel breathable and soft for customers.
After over 100 different prototypes, experiments, and products, Varma and Umana finally discovered the answer. They call their invention Equa-Tek™ and say that it treats the individual fibers at a “microscopic level” to make them water-resistant — whether the fabric is silk, Egyptian cotton, or wool.
This allows things like coffee, wine, and water to be repelled from the fabric. It also makes the fabric less susceptible to visible staining due to perspiration, according to Vardama.
Washing isn’t an issue either — the shirts can be machine washed or dry cleaned, and suits and neckties are dry clean only, much like your regular work wear.
The brand was also featured in Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week during the Fall, and hope to expand into women wear, kids clothing, work wear, and more. Read more…