Halley Stevensons (formerly Francis Stevensons) was established in 1864 in Dundee, Scotland, beginning as a manufacturer of textiles for upholstery, curtains, and furnishing. They pioneered the development of waxed cotton, with their first patent being awarded in 1910 for “cleaning and water-proofing textiles”. They put all their products through a rigorous quality and performance testing process, causing their fabrics to be breathable, the wax adjusting to ambient temperatures to be softer/more breathable in warmer weather and stiffer/more wind-resistant in cold conditions.
Halley Stevensons' technicians have created a wax finish that has many benefits over iconic waxed cotton fabrics. These are:
- C4X waxed cotton typically has four times higher water proofing characteristics when compared to traditional waxed fabrics. This wax has excellent water shedding properties, outperforming traditional wax in shower rating, hydrostatic head and Bundesmann testing. There are no PFOA's or formaldehyde in our wax compounds.
- Wax C4X has far superior durability to abrasion and weathering, as well as adding extra strength to the base cotton. It acts as a highly resistant protective layer to the garment, making this the perfect choice for durable performance.
- Unlike traditional wax cotton, at ambient temperature, wax C4X does not transfer or migrate onto other fabrics, leathers and your designer linings. This is due to the absence of any oils in C4X. The wax is also completely odorless.
- Most waxes possess a jelly-like consistency at room temperature. Wax C4X is a flexible solid. Its unique form imparts many additional performance advantages. Garments made with C4X waxed cotton will resist dirt and other contaminants much more effectively.