We create our own original designs using the traditional knitting technique of Hand Intarsia, where the wool is 'inlaid by hand'.
It is a labour-intensive technique - one sweater takes an average of 60 hours - where the knitting machine is used like a simple loom. The sweater is built line after line, from the bottom up. On each line, the yarn is picked up by hand and laid onto the needle bed, colour section after colour section to create a clean, refined pattern, without floats on the back of the design.
All our sweaters are knitted on a single bed mechanical Japanese knitting machine dating from the 1980s.
Comparable to cashmere for its warmth and softness, Geelong Lambswool is a fluffy and light luxurious fiber that offers superior breathability, thermal regulation and moisture control. And for sensitive skins, it is entirely itch-free, as it is naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial.
Our Lambswool, also referred to as Merino Lambswool, comes from the first sheering of 7 months old Merino lambs of the Geelong area in Australia, and is the most sought after Lambswool in the world.
It is spun and dyed in Yorkshire, England, by Z. Hinchliffe & Sons, a spinning mill created and run by the same family since 1766. Providing some of the softest and most luxurious yarns on the market today, they supply prestigious luxury brands such as such as Burberry, Chanel, Gucci and Prada.
TASMANIAN MERINO WOOL
Merinos are regarded as having the finest and softest wool of any sheep, but Tasmanian Merino wool is even finer, softer and silkier. It offers superior breathability, thermoregulation, inherent anti-microbial properties, and is itch-free for those with severe sensitivities or lanolin allergies.
Our Merino wool is produced on the exclusive Beaufront Farm in Tasmania, by generations of the Von Bibra family. Renowned for its premier-level ultra fine Merino wool, Beaufront is also recognized for its bio-diversity conservation and reforestation efforts. The sheep roam free through the native bush, the wool is harvested in an ethical manner and in a stress-free environment.
The harvest is sent to Biella, Italy, to be processed by Tollegno, using pure water that runs from the Italian Alps. Founded in 1900, this mill is recognized internationally by the luxury industry for its craftsmanship and innovation. Deeply commited to eco-sustainability, it produces its energy through a hydroelectric plant and photovoltaic panels, optimizes power consumption, and has its own sewage treatment plant.
Our sweaters are pre-washed and ready to wear.
Pure wool is a self-regenerating material with a natural self-cleaning quality. When in contact with oxygen, the air pockets in the wool fibre actively transfer odor and impurities from the skin into the air. Therefore no need to wash your wool sweaters every time you wear them, just air them out and the odors will disappear. And it's good for the environment too!
Handcleaning your sweater is quick and easy, and preserves its quality:
- We recommend washing one sweater at a time.
- Fill your sink (previously cleaned) with water slightly cooler than the temperature of your hand, never iced cold, and just enough to cover the sweater.
- Marseille soap is ideal. Otherwise use any natural gentle soap or a small quantity (about half a spoon) of special wool detergent, no fabric softener.
- Gently squeeze the sweater in the water to be sure that it's completely soaked. Rub stains and places most likely to carry odors very lightly with soap. If there is color in the water, don’t worry, it’s normal! The yarn is simply releasing excess dye, and you will not notice any loss of color after the wash is complete. Never wring or scrub which can cause stretching and pilling.
- Squeeze the excess water without wringing it and carefully turn it inside out. Gently squeeze it for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Thoroughly rinse the sweater with same temperature water until it is free of detergent. It may take several rinses for the water to become clear and free of suds.
- Without wringing, remove as much water as possible from your sweater by squeezing, then transfer it to an absorbent towel, roll the sweater and towel together, pressing firmly as you go.
- Lay the sweater flat on a dry towel and place it on a dryer or on a flat surface. Never dry on a radiator or tumble dry.
- Push the sweater's ribbing together (neckline, wrists, waist).
- Allow the sweater to dry for 24 hours. Flip it over when mostly dry.
- If drying it outside, place it inside out to prevent colors from fading with the sun.
- Iron at wool temperature or steam.
Wool is a living material. As our pure wools are free of any chemical treatments or chemical agents, even with their higher quality, they are likely to pill. As they get rubbed and washed, the shorter fibers separate from the longer strands and form small balls on the surface of the knit. Simply remove them carefully and gently using an electric razor that will preserve the weave of the sweater.