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Buff (English //, Catalan: [ˈbuf], Spanish: [ˈbuf]) is the registered trade mark for the multifunctional headwear produced by Original Buff S.A., a company based in Igualada, near Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain, since they were established in 1992.
Developed by Joan Rojas in 1991 for wind protection while motorcycling, the Buff headwear is a tube of microfibrous fabric that, with different arrangements, can be worn as a scarf, bandanna, headband, beanie, face mask, tube top, helmet liner, wristband, cap, pirate, Sahara style and other variations. The manufacturing process takes place on a specially developed tubular loom to make the finished garment seamless.
The head wear is especially known for its appearance on the reality program Survivor. Another line is called "Protection Buff" and is aimed at the working professional in the industrial and military. The Coolmax®, Thermolite® and Nomex® fabric components of Buff Protection products are seamless and hem free to avoid skin irritation or abrasion.
The company has expanded its line to include what they call Technical Clothing as well as special gloves.
- Stephen Regenold (December 18, 2003), It's a hat, it's a scarf, it's a wind screen, it's a ..., Seattle Post Intelligencer
- "A Little History", official website
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