What is Pima Cotton and Why Do We Love It?

What is Pima Cotton and Why Do We Love It?

2 minute read

December 6, 2022

When it comes to cotton, there’s no better quality than our signature USA-grown Pima cotton that we use in our Barakett Essentials Collection

Barakett Essentials

So What Exactly is Pima Cotton? 

Pima comes from a specific type of cotton plant called Gossypium barbadense, which is especially prized for its extra-long fibers that create a premium fabric that is both luxuriously soft and incredibly strong. A tropical, frost-sensitive species of cotton, it is named after the Pima tribe of Native Americans who helped raise the cotton in the Southwestern United States region where it thrives. All of the Pima that we use is sourced from this region and is known as American Pima to avoid confusion with similar Egyptian cotton.

Pima Cotton

Why Will You Love Pima Cotton?

When you think about what you love about your favorite shirt, comfort, style, and durability likely come to mind. For the perfect shirt, one fabric is the best - cotton. Cotton is breathable, absorbent, and versatile, making it the original, all-natural performance material that helps you stay cool when the temperature rises. Pima is the highest quality cotton available, thanks to its long, silky fibers. This means that Pima cotton t-shirts, polo shirts, sport shirts, and jackets will not only be some of the most comfortable items in your closet, but they’ll also be softer, stronger, and more colorfast too. Pima cotton also resists fading and pilling and is easy to maintain making it a truly essential addition to your wardrobe. 

Man in a Barakett tee

Is Pima Cotton Sustainable?

Pima cotton production is generally less impactful on the environment than other types of cotton production. The Gossypium barbadense plant is a relatively non-impactful crop so it is inherently sustainable as long as responsible manufacturing processes are followed. Additionally, while the vast majority of cotton production worldwide is done by machines, Pima is usually handpicked, which helps retain the integrity of the cotton fiber and reduces waste and negative environmental impacts.

What Robert Barakett Products Are Available in Pima Cotton?

All of our Barakett Essentials are crafted from USA-grown Pima including our best-selling Barakett Tee, Barakett V, and Barakett Polo. With its luxurious hand feel and premium performance we continue to expand the assortment of Pima cotton basics, and now offer popular items for fall layering like the Barakett High Crew, Barakett LS Polo, Barakett LS Henley, and Barakett Baseball Jacket.

Man in blue Barakett teeMan in tan Barakett teeMan in blue long sleeve Barakett teeMan in Barakett HenleyMan in Barakett Baseball Jacket


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