8 Apr 2018

Review of Lotushirt: The stain resistant wrinkle free shirt

Recently received an offer to review a shirt which sounded almost too good to be true. I was sceptical but I agreed to test it out anyway.

It is a shirt which the inventors claim to be stain resistant, fast drying, wrinkle free, stretchable, breathable and comfortable as well. I know! That's why I said it sounded too good to be true. In fact, it is the shirt I have been waiting for all this time.

Anyway, the shirt arrived quite fast. Based on my dimensions, I received the size L shirt. It was comfortable and quite light and yes, wearing it straight from the box, there were no wrinkles.

Anyway, this button down shirt looks like any casual shirt but that is where the similarity ends - I have worn it twice to work and the shirt is still wrinkle free because of the fabric's ‘memory yarn’ - which apparently took the founders Andy Lai and Jeff Yang, more than a year of research to perfect and weave into a shirt that doesn’t wrinkle, is water and stain resistant and is also breathable. The idea was inspired by the Lotus leaf, the nanoteach fabric mimics the hydrophobic structure of the lotus leaf, where the outside surface repeals water but the inner layer wicks away the sweat. The fabric is a blend of 80% polyester and 20% ‘memory yarn’ featuring nanotechnology.

The shirt also features what they call a 'Flying Fish' breathable underarm netting, which is really ideal for the hot and humid Malaysian weather.

It had been raining on and off for the past few days and it was perfect to try out their water resistant claims and yes, it is water resistant. The rain drops just bounced off. Here is a video I took at home with  my son as my model:

However, I have to warn you - it is water resistant and not water-proof. I tried going under the shower and though most of the water bounced off, water did go in. It was also effective against hot tea spills (a big Thumbs Up!) but I did not try other drinks like coke or black coffee. I also wonder whether the water resistance will hold up after it has been washed. The water resistance of my Levis commuter jeans went off once I washed it. I will tell you the results later.

Anyway, the shirt is now on Kickstarter and they have already reached their target with 55 days to go. Go and get this amazing shirt on their Kickstarter page for a special price of USD59 (HK$463).

Here is the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/454615361/lotushirt-the-stainless-wrinkle-free-shirt?ref=8obb3z

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