At the core of our garments is a 17.5 micron superfine merino wool. It is the product from our mulesing free sheep that roam free on the Congi Farm. Located 30 km west of Walcha this farm has been raising livestock for over a century, and currently manages around 25,000 merino sheep. Now in their fourth generation, the Field family produces exceptionally high-quality wool using modern technology and sustainable, certified herd management processes. The use of non-toxic spray guarantees animal health and safeguards the environment.
Pettinatura Lane di Romagnano Sesia was born in the nineteenth century initially for cotton processing and was converted to wool a processing facility after the Second World War. As of today it is the only remaining wool combing facility in Italy and processes mainly fine wool, especially Merino with a fineness between 17 and 19 microns. This is where our 17 micron raw wool or “sucida” from the Congi station is washed carded, combed and finished into a strip of worsted woolen tops. The fresh Alpine water of the Monta Rosa glacier used in the washing process is treated by an internal purification plant to ensure the return of clean water when released back in to the Sesia river.
At the foothill of the Italian Alps in Valle Mosso, Biella, the wool is dyed by the Botto Giuseppe family. For more than 140 years they have been using their passion for product and nature to create premium quality natural yarns.
In the last decade, Botto Giuseppe has invested significant resources, to develop a chain from sheep to yarn that is run according to the rigorous Cradle to Cradle Certified™ requirements. Today it is the only mill in the world that has achieved a Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold status for woollen yarns.
The wool is processed into yarn at the Cascami Seta Facility which runs on 100% renewable energy. It has been part of the Botto family since 1985. The daily operation is run by Sergio, who has been working at the facility for 30 years. Sergio and his team continue to create some of the finest natural yarns by sticking to the two rules he learned from his mentor: don't use chemicals and listen to what the yarns tell you. When I asked him what they had to change to meet the Cradle 2 Cradle requirements his answer was: "Nothing"
We discovered Point Tricot among the green hills of the Le Marche, Italy. It is a small, family-owned company that, for over 30 years, has been operating at the highest levels in the knitwear sector. The team is made up of 33 employees, 6 of which are technical programmers dedicated to creating the best quality knitted fabrics.
But product quality is not everything: for years the company has been committed to combining their passion for product and nature and is attentive to the environmental and social sustainability of its chain.