Cellulock was an extension of our underwear range – once the mainstay of the business. The fabric was sold as a unique combination of warmth and lightness. The original development was backed in a merino wool on the exterior, not too dissimilar to our Vintage Wool. On the interior our original cellular mesh cotton allowed air to circulate, providing comfort as described in a 1942 advert for the range.
“The wool outside affords warmth and protection – the cotton cellular weave inside ensures the body can breathe and prevents the wool from irritating sensitive skin.”
The fusing together of the two fabrics was a step forward in the development of our underwear range and came to feature in a number of styles including undershirts and long johns.
When the fabric was discovered in archive garments from the 1950s, we saw an opportunity to revisit this unique fabrication and update it for the present day. We did away with the original wool backing and used jersey on both sides. The double-faced jersey construction means that it is made from two different types of knit – on one side is a tight rib that forms the interior, while the exterior is a textured cellular knit that gives the fabric its unique detail. This gives the construction a lighter feel than the original fabric.