We’ve had organically manufactured cotton jersey in our collections since the early 90s. A fabric and manufacturing standard we take immense pride in! Nowadays, we use organic cotton in almost all of the woven and knitted fabrics in our clothing, accessories and homeware. In most cases, the cotton fiber is organically dyed too, which is a good thing, as these wet processes involve a great environmental responsibility.
Cotton is my favorite fiber for its amazing versatility and wearability. The longer the fibers, the higher grade the cotton. A distinction is made between carded cotton which is porous and rather coarse, and carded cotton that is less porous, has a smooth surface and shrinks less. Nowadays, cotton can be recycled from textile industry scraps and from discarded garments and textiles too.
Wool is a very useful fiber, as it is heat insulating even when wet. The natural lanolin that conditions the fleece makes wool self-cleaning and dirt-repellent, which is why it can so often be aired instead of washed.
Merino Merino sheep are bred for their superior wool fleece. The wool fibers are fine, naturally crimped and soft. Merino sheep are the most valued breed for wool production globally. We often use merino wool, and sometimes organic merino wool. All of our merino wool is mulesing-free.
Cashmere comes from domesticated goats that live in very cold climates. The name comes from the Kashmir region of Northern India. Cashmere is made from the soft, delicate undercoat fibers.
Alpaca is a very fine, soft wool. Alpaca counts as a good fiber for the environment. The wool contains no lanolin, so large amounts of water and energy can be saved in the washing process.
Yakwool is warmer than standard wool, lightweight and very smooth and soft.
All of our merino wool is certified as mulesing-free. Mulesing is a painful practice involving merino sheep.
For centuries, flax was the most-widely used textile fiber around the world. The linen fabric made from flax is prized to this day for its smoothness, dirt-repellence and washability. One of the few drawbacks is its tendency to wrinkle, but even that is often seen as the whole appeal of linen!
Retting using dew is an ancient method of processing the stalks of the flax plant used for making linen. The flax is laid out in the fields so the dew and rainfall can transform the plant into a workable fiber. Chemical retting speeds up the process, but is less environmentally sustainable. We often use organically certified linen made from dew-retted flax.
The term silk refers to both the fiber and the fabric. The art of silk-making in China was a closely guarded secret dating back almost two millennia. The beautiful silk threads are spun by a silk worm fed mulberry leaves. The length of the silk thread in a single cocoon is more than 1,000 yards long. Wild silk is coarser and more uneven in texture than commercial silk, but has its own special charm.
This is one of the so-called regenerated fibers. These textile fibers are made from naturally grown organic material, usually cellulose (plant cell walls), which is dissolved and then regenerated into fibers. Today, instead of rayon, we tend to use lyocell and modal because producing these fibers is more eco-friendly.
Lyocell & modal
These materials are also regenerated fibers. We make frequent use of these, as they are soft and smooth against the skin. Those manufactured by Lenzing in closed-loop systems are rated as some of the most eco-friendly fibers on the market.
Grows in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate regions of Asia. Due to its rapid growth, bamboo is now one of the plants used for regenerated fibers, such as bamboo viscose and bamboo lyocell. The fibers are antibacterial and often used in socks.
Increasingly, we make use of recycled fibers. These are typically made from textile industry scraps of cotton, nylon and wool.
Our wind-resistant garments are impregnated with a fluorine-free finish to make them water-repellent too. Our rainwear is finished in the same way, but also has a polyurethane coating on the inside and taped seams for full waterproofing.