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Threadsmiths – The Cavalier Dress Shirt


Threadsmiths is a company based out of Melborne, Australia which has developed a patented hydrophobic nanotechnology application that repels water and dirt. Early last year, we featured an article on their first product, the Cavalier T-Shirt. Since then, they’ve developed an addition to their product line, the Cavalier Dress Shirt, and sent SSD one for review.


The Cavalier Dress Shirt is a premium 100% white cotton dress shirt complete with mother of pearl buttons, and is treated with Threadsmiths patented hydrophobic nanotechnology application. Like the Cavalier T-Shirt, it comes in a fairly slim fit, so ordering a size up is recommended.


Also like the Cavalier t-shirt, the Cavalier Dress Shirt is great at repelling virtually any water-based substances. Seen above, we’ve covered the shirt in water, juice, and soy sauce. As a reminder, the coating does not work well against oil-based liquids.


The amount of fluid we covered the shirt in is extreme, and also required a couple of minutes in a hot shower to completely remove. Considering the amount of colored fluid that was on the shirt, that’s still pretty impressive, especially since a regular white dress shirt would be all but ruined by that point. Typically, an amount of water equivalent to a large bottle is all that is needed to remove a spill.


The benefit of a hydrophobic and stain-resistant white dress shirt speaks for itself, and we’re eager to see what Threadsmiths will be offering next. The Cavalier Dress Shirt is currently available in White, sizes XS-XXXL. Threadsmiths also offers the Cavalier T-Shirt in White, Grey, and Black for men and women.



13 Responses to “Threadsmiths – The Cavalier Dress Shirt”

  1. Wow, that’s pretty cool. I’ve been looking for a nice dress shirt to wear in our concealment classes. Not sure how it will do against gun oils/solvents, but this has to better than untreated garments. Thanks Eric!

  2. Riceball says:

    I think I might have to buy one of these the next time I’m in the market for a dress shirt. I don’t wear dress shirts very often but when I do it typically involves food and drink and I have a bad habit of getting one or both on my shirts.

  3. Burdy says:

    Underwear please.

  4. Lasse says:

    How many washes does this coating last for?

  5. Definitely useful in many regards, but personally if I was going for something like that it’d need to resist spag-bol stains. If it can’t do that… well alas the search continues.

  6. T n TX says:

    Sadly, this coating wears off very very quickly. Like insanely fast. Especially in a washing machine.

  7. Maskirovka says:

    Does it repel copious quantities of other people’s blood? French cuffs and I’m in!

  8. Austin says:

    I’d like to see a copy of their patent, if there actually is one. They have zero info on their site about it, which seems odd considering other textile companies trumpet that to the world (google patent search: GORE patent and # 4194041 pops right up). However, every “nanotech” and hydrophobic coating patent recognized internationally are all held by chinese R&D outfits or medical device companies, at least those that are publicly searchable in the USPTO (meaning, every patent).

    • SSD says:

      I’m just curious. Why do you want a copy of their patent?

      • Austin says:

        I’d like see if it is actually patented, and if the Threadsmith owners are the developers/inventors of the technology, like you claim, SSD. If they didn’t do the legwork and are just licensing someone else’s product (NeverWet and LiquidOff both make “nanotech” claims) then you’re just regurgitating a press release like every other outlet has done on this product. Go look at Pop Sci, GQ, Digital Trends, and a few others. Every single outlet just spits out the same carbon copy of their press releases. That isn’t telling your readers the news. It’s sloppy reporting at best.

        There has been zero real reporting on this supposed technology, aside from Gizmodo washing a t shirt 5 times to show it doesn’t work very well. That is a far cry from their claimed 50-80 washes. Why shouldn’t they release their patent #? Unlike a trade secret formula, releasing a patent is not going to give their competition any business intelligence or decrease their supposed competitive advantage. On the contrary, releasing more info allows real critical review by someone who is an expert in the industry to provide real investigative analysis rather than fan boy pics in return for a free shirt.

        • SSD says:

          Yep, we’ve got to get to the bottom of the dress shirt business.

          You’re kind of a little too keyed up about this to be a casual observer. What’s your connection here?

          • Austin says:

            I don’t have a dog in this fight one way or the other. However, I have worked as an engineering consultant in patent litigation in both the ISR world and the outdoors space. If the company really did develop a patentable nanocoating, great. Let’s some real evidence outside of their canned promotional video and some fluff pieces and sponsored content. If they are licensing an already existing product, they’re feeding you horseshit on their supposed invention and you are publishing it. If there is no patent, they are actively lying to consumers.

            If it is either of the latter two options, they are misrepresenting their product and SSD, which is purportedly the premier news site for the tactical industry, is helping to facilitate that by doing no real research to verify your sources beyond a company’s marketing copy. This sure looks like the altitude mask and compression apparel BS all over again. It’s easy to run to publish something. When you lend legitimacy to the snake oil salesman, you cease to be the news and start to become a sponsored content product shill.