Meet Samba, Our Exclusive (& Most Loved) Fabric

20 years ago, a fabric innovation called “Samba” launched our relationship with Egedeniz – our factory partner in Turkey (more on them here). What we wanted in a fabric didn’t exist, so we decided to create our own. The criteria were simple: it had to be soft, have enough stretch to function and fit like a dream, and use sustainable materials (we were kind of ahead of our time on the eco thing).

Today, this fabric blend is exclusive to Toad&Co and shows up in our best-selling styles. Here’s what makes it our most beloved, long-standing fabric:

TENCEL™ Lyocell

A dreamy performance fiber with Mother Nature’s stamp of approval. Made from sustainably forested tree pulp in a closed-loop system, this plant-based fiber has superstar capabilities: it’s extremely durable, wicks moisture, and naturally inhibits the growth of bacteria. Plus, it’s super soft. Move over, polyester…there’s a new performance fabric in town.

Learn more about TENCEL Lyocell.

Organic cotton

We could go on and on about why we love organic cotton, but we’ll just leave it at this: Certified organic cotton is grown without the use of GMOs and toxic chemicals, while conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of the world’s pesticides. In clothes, it’s super soft and only gets better with age. 

Learn more about organic cotton.

A dash of stretch

A hint of elastane (4% to be exact) means enough stretch to move with you where you need it, but never enough to get baggy or saggy.

A blend that feels like…

Together, this blend of eco-friendly fibers breathes well, has a great drape, just the right amount of stretch, and unparalleled resilience (seriously…reviews like “stretchy but doesn't droop below your bum” say it all). It feels like jersey, with a little more texture and dimension (for a bit of extra sway in its step).

Low maintenance

Samba styles are wash-and-go ready, meaning more time to focus on enjoying the little things (like your post-work dog walk or happy hour with your besties). Just machine wash cold and tumble dry low. Easy peasy.

Bonus: We also believe in the ‘wear more, wash less’ philosophy to keep your clothes in tip top shape. Get more laundry tips here.

Don’t just take our word for it...

“Good strong fabric. I can use it for active wear or to a party where I need to be slightly dressed up.” – Heidi K., Rosemarie Dress

“The fabric is soft with a little stretch for ease of movement. It never feels tight or looks too loose. It’s just right….I call it my happy dress because that’s how I feel when I wear it!” – Darlene S., Rosemarie Dress

“Nothing compares to Toad things made in this fabric.” – Allison B., Chaka Wide Leg Pants

“Not only comfortable but the fabric feels wonderful, light and airy.” – Diana K., Chaka Wide Leg Pants

“Stretchy but doesn’t droop below your bum. Perfection! Nice and light for hot weather, but should easily take me into the cooler fall months.” – Deanna R., Chaka Wide Leg Pants

“It’s part of my go-to effortless but cute outfit; so comfy, versatile, love the fit and always get compliments on it!” – Cayla, Chaka Ruffle Skirt

“The fabric feels nice and sturdy and is not see through in any way…It’s my favorite clothing purchase!” – Melissa M., Windmere II Short Sleeve Dress