Workwear FAQs

General Frequently Asked Questions About Workwear

Workwear comes in a variety of materials and thicknesses. Get the details below in this list of the most frequently asked questions about workwear. Still have questions? Contact Product Support at 1-800-874-4755.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What's the difference between firm duck and sandstone duck?
2. What is Chambray?
3. What is Chamois?
4. What is denier?
5. Why are the colors for GEMPLER'S Carhartt products different from the colors for the same products on Carhartt's website?


1. What's the difference between firm duck and sandstone duck?
They start out as the exact same cotton material, but the sandstone is micro-sanded and prewashed so it is much softer with a distressed look. Shrinkage will be minimal with sandstone but up to 3–5% with unwashed cotton duck. Sandstone is not a color but a process of treating cotton material.


2. What is Chambray?
Chambray is a lightweight fabric woven with white threads across color threads.


3. What is Chamois?
Pronounced shammy, a Chamois is a small, goat-like animal. Chamois material is a cotton fabric made to imitate chamois leather.


4. What is denier?
A denier is a unit of measure that denotes the thickness of a fiber used in a garment. A 15-denier fabric is very thin and transparent, while a 1000-denier fabric is very thick. The actual unit of measure is grams per 9,000 meters of yarn.


5. Why are the colors for GEMPLER'S Carhartt products different from the colors for the same products on Carhartt's website?
GEMPLER'S sometimes calls a Carhartt color something different from what they do, but we try to stay consistent. Here are some typical examples: moss (Carhartt) is olive or dark green (GEMPLER'S); petrol is steel blue or blue-gray; timber is dark brown; desert is tan; and stone is khaki.


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