Merino Pullover Women

This pullover only lives twice: With careful care, this silky-fine item will accompany you for many years.

When the pullover has spent its first life as a precious garment, there is no more royal treatment and caution. Take it on rough trips ice climbing, snow shovelling or on dog sledding races. Although it'll is hardly become more beautiful, it'll still convince as a functional second layer - light, breathable, climate regulating and microplastic-free.

Sustainability-Score

Good for the environment and great looking. No microplastic, only natural fibres, no dangerous chemicals, CO2 neutral, dyed and knitted in Switzerland.

The History of your Merino Pullover

100% dyed and knitted in Switzerland. With organic merino wool from South America and silk from China. Learn more:

 

South America - Lake of Constance - Kresice

From the Merino Sheep to the Finished Yarn

For the most part, the organic merino wool for our sweater comes from South America. A smaller part comes from Australia. The South American wool is washed and combed on-site close to the farms. Only then the wool is shipped to our partner Schoeller-Wool in Hard (close to the Swiss border). The Australian wool is firstly shipped to China to be washed and combed before being sent to the Schoeller-Wool site. We are not happy about this fact. We try to receive only South American wool for our clothing from Schoeller-Wool. Unfortunately this is not easy to accomplish. Organic merino wool is extremely rare, only a few farmers around the globe comply with those strict guidelines. To prevent material shortages for our Merino clothing we are obliged to buy Australian wool in addition. Arrived on the company site in Hard, the organic merino wool is finished in a complex process. This step is very important so that the shirt is machine washable and doesn’t need to be hand washed after use. Normally the finishing process uses a lot of chlorine, which is harmful for the employees as well as for the environment. This is for us a no-go. To our knowledge Schoeller-Wool is the only company which has the know-how of finishing without chlorine and undertakes all process steps in Europe.

In a next step, 30% silk is added to enhance the stability of the yarn. We use silk in order not to use oil based fibers which aren’t natural and can’t be composted. After the finishing, the wool is shipped to Kresice in the Czech Republic near the Elb. There the wool-silk-blend is spun to a fine thread. Two of this single threads are then twisted to one thick yarn. Afterwards the yarn is transported to the Swiss company “Johann Müller AG” in Strengelbach for dyeing. At this point the wool has already traveled a long way. So the question can arise, is this still in terms with an organic product? Yes, it is organic. We don’t want that our sheep are prophylactically treated with antibiotics or to be feed with minor quality feed pellets and eventually slaughtered miles and miles away from the farm.

Our organically kept sheep are only treated with antibiotics if an infection could be determined and only fed with grass. At the end of their life they are brought to slaughterhouses near the farm. Organic products are for the protection of animal welfare, so the location of the raw material production is secondary for us. The emitted CO2 from the transport is compensated to 100% with projects from our partner MyClimate. Unfortunately, there is no possibility to receive organic merino wool with the desired quality from farmers in Switzerland or Europe.

 

dyed in Strengelbach

learn how the yarn is dyed

The yarn is dyed at the historic company Johann Müller AG in Strengelbach (AG). The dye works were founded in 1854 in a farmhouse in Strengelbach. Where the company grew in the following years. In 1899 the company switched from manual dyeing to industrial dyeing and the first steam engine was purchased.

In recent years Johann Müller has specialised more and more in sustainable dyeing. Since 1995 Johann Müller has been able to dye according to the Cradle To Cradle (C2C) guidelines. Materials dyed under these guidelines do not contain any hazardous chemicals and can be composted without problems. In 2002, the company switched to completely renewable energy sources for its energy demands. GOTS certification followed in 2009.

Our yarns are also dyed and finished at Johann Müller according to C2C and GOTS standards. Only harmless chemicals are used in the dyeing process and our products can be composted at the end of their service life - the cycle is closed.

 

knitted at Herr Urs

learn how your jumper is made in the Trainstation of Turgi

Knitting is done in Aargau. Mr. Urs is young, courageous and knits everything that can be knitted as a one-man business in the former office building of Turgi railway station with enormous commitment, from card game mat to scarf to jumper. Urs originally learned how to design typefaces and advertisements. After various jobs, including truck driver, he began his studies in fashion design & technology in 2009 and discovered his passion for knitting. In 2014 he became self-employed and started knitting everything that fits on his Stoll knitting machines as Herr Urs.

Before launch of the knitted jumper on the market we developed and tested in collabration with herr urs for 2 years. Which yarn meets our ecological requirements, is easy to knit, comfortable to wear and sufficiently robust for use on the mountain and on the sofa? Can the idea of our designers be implemented on the knitting machine? Can we offer the product at the required price despite expensive raw materials? Many requirements came together and were solved thanks to the know-how, inventiveness and patience of Herr Urs over the course of this great cooperation.

In autumn 2018 the Stoll CMS 340 TC ejects the first jumpers under the watchful eyes of Herr Urs. Around 60 minutes and 300 grams of yarn are needed for the knitting. Then the logos and washing labels are sewn on and the jumper is ready.