This men’s zip collared rib jumper is made by Lothlorian in New Zealand, using a blend of 50% fine merino wool, 40% possum fur and 10% nylon. This has produced a luxurious, soft and wonderfully warm jumper. Two great features are a broad rib, and a 1/4 zip in the front. Blending the merino with possum fur reduces the weight of the finished article whilst increasing the insulation properties. The possum fur also stabilises the wool against washing shrinkage.
New Zealand has a world-wide reputation for high quality manufactured products. This is especially the case at the Lothlorian factory near Auckland, where they have state of the art computerised knitting machinery. Using 3-D knitting technology, Lothlorian can create seamless garments. This is known as the “whole garment” method.
New Zealand’s quality pastures produce the ultra-fine wool from the Merino sheep. New Zealand introduced the Tasmanian Brush-tail Possum in the 1850’s. With no natural predators in New Zealand, they have spread over the entire country. In the 1980’s, every night more than 70 million possums would eat through 22,000 tonnes of native forest, thereby destroying the plants and bird habitat. By 2010, reports indicated that there had been a considerable reduction in the possum population. Possum fur is a hollow fibre that will not freeze, as well as being anti-static. The unique soft pointed ends and hollow core provide an extremely light fibre, as well as being soft and luxurious. Even the lightest possum product will keep the wearer warm without feeling bulky. Polar bear fur is the only other fibre that will not freeze. The 10% nylon content helps to bind all fibres therefore resulting in added strength. Merino wool moves moisture away from the skin as well as being naturally odour resistant.
Lothlorian’s men’s possum merino zip collared rib jumper can be safely machine washed on a cool/cold water temperature. Make sure to use a gentle cycle and a slow spin. Dry all items flat.