Merino is a sheep breed originated in Spain during 12th century, then developed mainly in Australia and finally introduced in Latin America in the late 19th century. The merino is renowned around the world for the exceptional qualities of its wool, which is at once soft, tough and ultrafine. It is probably the most known wool breed and it is famous for Fine, Superfine and Extrafine wool (from 14my to 23 micron). This wool is mainly used for apparel products.
The highest-grade merino wool is mainly used in Italian knitwear. In small family workshops in Biella, it is knitted using high-precision, ancestral skills not found anywhere else on the planet. Working for the world’s leading brands, the craftsmen produce unusually elegant knitwear to accessorize outfits displayed in the most beautiful luxury boutiques of Via Montenapoleone in Milano, Fifth Avenue in New York and rue du Faubourg- Saint-Honoré in Paris.
How can the sales people help but praise the intrinsic qualities of such an unmatched natural fabric – softer than cashmere – that was created just a few years earlier in the heart of
An exceptional wool fiber arising from the heart of Patagonia.
The sheering by the shepherds is usually a ten minute operation, performed entirely by hand, requiring great dexterity to remove the wool from all over the animal, including around the eyes and ears. The resulting greasy wool is purchased by Chargeurs directly from local ranchers, who are generally long-time partners.
As a result, in addition to offering premium-quality wool, the Group can provide customers with information about the origin and treatment of the animals, in a core commitment to traceability.
Why wool ?
Wool in an entirely natural fiber grown year-round. A wool fiber is composed of a natural protein called keratin that is biodegradable, similar to the protein found in human hair. Wool is a 100% sustainable fiber.
The extreme weather conditions in the Merino wool producing regions, i.e. very hot summers trasting with cold winters, that give Merino wool the qualities for which it is famous. The wool adapts naturally to these strong contrasts. During winter, the wool is warm but still breathable. During summer, the wool absorbs moisture without causing body odors. Because it is comfortable, resistant, breathable and easy-care (no pilling and simple to wash), Merino wool is ideal for making luxury fashionwear as well as high-end technical sportswear.
Wool is the unique natural fiber to have these positive features: