Merino wool within performance sportswear is back and it’s back in a big way. Most of the big brands are now introducing this fantastic performance yarn into their collection as a quality natural fibre replacement for synthetics, as Merino wool is peerless when it comes to performance and offers you supreme comfort, practicality, naturally anti-bacterial and performance like no other and with environmental credentials that limit the impact on the world's resources and environment.
However, this isn’t a new technology., it’s been used in garments for centuries but started to get replaced within sportswear with synthetic fibres as they were cheaper to produce and shared some (not all) of the performance benefits that merino wool offered.
Merino is an amazing fibre with several key benefits that will help the athlete perform much better than wearing synthetic fibres. The biggest benefit is the heat regulation merino wool provides, keeping you warm in cold conditions and cooling you when it’s hot or you are exercising hard.
Eco-friendly sportswear is now becoming much more popular as the world wakes up to the environmental damage caused by producing clothing made from synthetic fibres, not only in the way they are produced but also in the lifetime of the product, including how they degrade after use in landfills.
There are several ecological benefits to using merino fabrics as it’s sustainable and biodegradable and doesn’t impact the world to grow the fibre other than a little water and some grass to chew.
However, not all merino is the same quality and it’s not just the fibre that makes the difference between a great merino fabric and an average one. The quality and grade of merino is the first step to producing a soft and itch-free merino garment and it’s true, you get what you pay for.
You then need to find a suitable fabric mill or vertical factory in the textile industry that can produce garments from yarn to finished product and fully understand how to process and mill the merino to achieve a soft fabric that is pill-resistant but also produces the maximum performance for the athlete.
We have produced merino sportswear for our clients for over 10 years and create many bespoke blends that suit our clients' needs and based on creating high-performance apparel that will aid the athlete with their performance by keeping them more comfortable.
We partner with several merino wool mills and factories around the world including Vietnam, Europe and China via a mix of merino fabric mills and vertical factories that produce bespoke garments from fibre to finished product. Having this knowledge and experience about the sportswear industry allows us the ability to tailor the performance of the garment to our client's needs without compromise.
We have now launched our own clothing brand F R 3 N D that is using Merino Wool as one of the main materials and our next step will be looking at boosting our online marketing to increase sales when we deem it to be appropriate.
If you are looking at starting your own sportswear company and are interested in using Merino wool we can help you through the whole process from selecting the correct grade of merino wool to how it’s milled, blended and finished and then produced into a finished garment contact us today for our industry knowledge and support.