Cut Loose

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

Colorful beginnings

We 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 we dyed our own in a Victorian claw-footed bathtub – and people loved them.

Garment dyed and gone to heaven

When we outgrew the bathtub, we 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. Our color library is extensive, built up over the years by offering new colors each season alongside historic best sellers. This helps us accommodate special requests and formulate custom colors.

Our quest for fabrics

We gradually expanded from T-shirt material to other fabrics that can handle our 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 we truly believe, “If a garment can get through our dye process, it can get through your life.”

Flattering fit

We describe our 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.

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