The raw wool travels by container ship from Australia to the UK once a year and then, on by road, from Felixstowe to the mill in Scotland. The mill proceeds to spin this completely natural fibre using processes refined over a 120 year history. It is located on the banks of Loch Leven, one of Scotland’s beautiful lochs - vital for the vast supply of pure, soft Scottish water used to wash the fibre and give its characteristic soft handle.
The dyes & chemicals used at the mill are 98% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), they will be 100% by next year. These organic dyes minimise damage to fibres and reduces waste produced. Thanks to this, water used is able to be successfully cleaned and returned to the loch, a world-renowned RSPB nature reserve. The highest levels of compliance are followed, monitored by SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency). This enables the brown trout, pink-footed geese and 35,000 wintering birds to thrive.
From there, the yarn is sent to nearby knitting mills for production. Our knitting mills take environmental and ethical initiatives very seriously and are linked to SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange). The collection is made using state of the art Shima and Stoll knitting machines which create fully fashioned garments thereby minimising wastage of the precious natural yarn.
We would love to use British wool, but because of our cold, damp climate, our sheep grow a very course fleece. This fleece when spun and knitted is very scratchy next to your skin. It’s better suited to hard wearing carpet and furnishing fabric or outer garments where you would wear something underneath.
Environmental and sustainability issues are at the core of our philosophy – our products are designed to give a lifetime’s wear to the owner. This is slow fashion at its best. High quality garments that last longer and designed with the value of fair treatment to the animals, people and the planet who helped produce them.