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tarnished/vintage/"antiqued" finish The effect that results when metal has been treated with an oxidizing chemical that affects a thin layer of the surface, usually resulting in a greenish or black coloration that mimics the effects of time.

Tencel® A sustainable fiber made from tree cellulose. The fiber is economical in its use of energy and natural resources, and is fully biodegradable. It’s woven to have a soft, silky hand. It has a fluid drape and is a versatile choice for pants, skirts and jackets. It is a natural fiber that is breathable, absorbent and comfortable. Tencel is also shrink-resistant, durable and easy to care for. Tencel may be machine washed unless otherwise noted.

textured-stripe linen A lightweight crinkled linen that derives its look from alternating plain and crinkled stripes. The plain sections are woven normally; the crinkled sections are woven slack. The fabric is easy-care and doesn’t require ironing. It has a comfortable, breezy feel that’s perfect for summer.

tinting A semipermanent dyeing process that produces denim’s broad spectrum of colors. The denim fabric is immersed in a dye, which in turn leaves a vintage tint on the surface of the fabric. It livens up the fabric and elevates it to the above-casual dress code.

tissue cotton jersey/featherweight cotton jersey The term jersey refers to any knitted fabric that doesn’t have a distinct rib. Our tissue cotton jersey/featherweight cotton jersey is an ultralight variation on an already comfortable theme.

tissue linen Imported linen with a soft, ultralight finish. It is a fine-weave linen, yet has all the strength and moisture-absorption properties that make it a perfect fiber for a humid summer day. Thinner than our lightest linen, it has an airy, graceful flow.

tried & true fit A marriage of casual and comfort that sits just below the waistline and fits naturally through hip and thigh. Lycra® spandex enhances the easy approach. Go for either the boot-cut or straight-leg variety.

tumbled corduroy The J. Jill term for our corduroy with a vintage look and feel. A special weaving process gives it a casual and carefree tumbled look. Repeated washing with enzymes and silicone creates an unbelievably soft and broken-in effect. It has such an incredibly soft hand, you won’t want to take it off.

tumbled leather A process in which leather hides are tumbled in a rotating drum to soften them or enhance the grain of the leather.

turquoise Turquoise is a hydrous copper aluminum sulfate found in every color of blue, greenish blue or deep green. The rich blues are due to the abundance of copper while green turquoise has more aluminum. It has been mined since at least 600 B.C. by the early Egyptians, and its history includes beautiful creations by Native Americans and Persians. The name comes from the French word pierre turquoise, or the "Turkish stone," probably as it passed on its way to Europe. It is found in Arizona and New Mexico, Australia, Iran, Afghanistan and other places in the Middle East. Turquoise is believed to relax the mind and relieve mental tensions, calming emotions and easing stress.

tweed Its name is derived from tweel, the Scottish word for "twill." Tweed is a woven cloth in a variety of weaves and colors characterized by twisted irregular yarns that give the surface an unconventional or "slubby" and casual look. The distinctive color flecks are known as knops or kneps. Tweed was first woven by crofters near the Tweed River in Scotland. J. Jill tweeds are softer and lighter than the original menswear variety.