As we kiss goodbye to summer, we can take solace in the fact that autumn and winter are without question the best months for fashion. Farewell to the days of plain white tees and cotton dresses, step forward layers of cosy jumpers, soft scarves and warming coats.
Johnston's of Elgin produces fine knitwear and accessories from wool - Shop Now
Wool has been used as a means of clothing since the sheep was first domesticated over 10,000 years ago. In Britain, wool production started in the Bronze age, nearly 4,000 years ago, but quickly grew into a thriving industry. By the Medieval period, wool was proclaimed the backbone of the British economy.
John Smedley uses merino wool in its fine knitwear - Shop Now
In addition to sheep’s wool, different animals have been used through the ages to produce clothing, such as cashmere, a fine material taken from the underside of a goat. British manufacturers also make use of more exotic materials such as lambswool and Alpaca, which each take on a slightly different characteristic.
Genevieve Sweeney makes beautiful womenswear from a variety of wools - Shop Now
After the decline of British industry, the leading wool producing nations are currently Australia and China. However, British heritage brands keep the history of wool production close to their collections. From stalwarts like John Smedley and Johnston's of Elgin, to newcomers like Genevieve Sweeney, all consider wool core to their collections.
That’s why to this day, when the cool weather arrives, there’s nothing like British wool for the perfect luxury clothing.
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