Sweater weather is upon us! And 7115 is starting it off with a bang. A really good sweater is an investment; so, how do you decide on the right investment piece? Our design team always strives to create products that really give you bang for your buck and this is especially true when it comes to our knitwear.
When we consider the creation of a new sweater, we try to balance four things: aesthetic appeal, warmth, practicality and durability. We want to offer knitwear that can bring you all these things at once--all at an attainable price.
Of course, the best way to ensure warmth is to seek out quality material in a sweater. At 7115, we use three types of fibers in particular to achieve both our highly valued aesthetic appeal and the practicality so crucial to this investment.
Your Everyday Sweater
Our merino sweaters are your perfect, everyday sweater. Merino fibers are extremely fine, enabling them to bend far more than coarser types of wool. This elasticity creates a sweater that is extremely soft and luxuriously gentle on your skin. Merino wool stretches with you yet always returns to its natural shape. This creates a garment that is ideal for movement and mobility. And thus, perfect for daily life.
Merino is an extremely breathable fabric. It absorbs large quantities of moisture before evaporating into the air. This quality creates a sweater that is less prone to clamminess and able to release warmth as needed to prevent overheating. Merino also reacts to changes in body temperature, allowing you to stay warm when the weather is cold and cool when the weather is hot. Because of this, merino can be worn year-round.
Because it can absorb moisture vapour, merino tends not to create static electricity; this helps to create a beautiful drape that follows the form of your body and is less likely to cling uncomfortably to your body.
Easy to Keep Clean
Merino is one of the easiest fabrics to keep clean. Stain-resistant, a natural protective outer-layer prevents stains from being absorbed. As it tends not to generate static, merino also attracts less dust and lint. Merino is also odor resistant. Though it does absorb odors from sweat, these odors are released during washing. At a microscopic level, each merino fiber is like a coiled spring that returns to its natural shape after being bent; this gives merino garments a natural resistance to wrinkles.
When disposed of, merino will naturally decompose in soil within a matter of years, slowly releasing valuable nutrients back into the earth. Thanks to its natural crimp, merino cleverly insulates by trapping body heat in air pockets--keeping you warmer for longer.
The down coat is produced by the angora rabbit--making this the infamous down jacket’s sweater equivalent. The angora fiber alone is usually too warm to be worn purely. Therefore it is usually blended with other fabrics for wearability. Our Angora Poncho would keep you warm due to its enveloping structure alone. It's the ultimate cozy, cold-weather protection piece.
Distinct from mohair (a wool that comes from the angora goat), angora is known for its softness, silky texture, thin fibers and halo (fluffiness). Due to its hollow core, angora has much warmer and lighter feeling than wool. This also creates angora’s characteristic floating feel. The lightweight quality of angora makes it an appealing option for those tired of the bulkiness offered in most quality knitwear.
Angora absorbs water well and is therefore, easily dyed. Angora is ideal for thermal clothing and offers a therapeutic option for people suffering from arthritis or wool allergies. However, it is also one of the more stylish options. Our Angora Peephole Sweater offers a lattice-back--essentially an aesthetically-pleasing ventilation system. If it were not for the silky warmth of the angora, this sweater might not be one you’d wear on a cold winter day. Due to the angora, our Peepholes Sweater is an ideal, aesthetic option for unpleasant winter days.
Mohair is a silk-like fabric made from the hair of the angora goat. Mohair offers a particularly high luster and sheen due to the way the fabric reflects light. A very soft yarn when compared to other natural and synthetic fibers, the smooth fibers of mohair do not irritate the skin and offer an immense softness.
Mohair is warm in the winter with excellent insulating properties. Even when it is used to make a lightweight garment, mohair is warmer than other fibers. Although mohair offers a similar warmth to wool, it does not have the same microscopic scales that make wool so itchy.
Mohair also easily absorbs and releases moisture, moving perspiration away from the skin for evaporation. It is therefore--like merino--comfortable to wear in both cold and hot weather. Mohair also absorbs dyes exceptionally well so that they’re recognizable for their vivid, saturated colors.
Naturally elastic, mohair is one of the most durable fabrics; it can be stretched up to 30% and will spring back to shape. Flame and crease-resistant, mohair also resists wrinkling and sagging. Mohair is often blended with wool or alpaca; the blending helps mohair fabrics keep their shape and stick together when spun into yarn. One of mohair’s most important qualities is its ability to take wear due to its surface smoothness. This creates a garment that is long-lasting, able to be twisted and bent without damages to the fiber.
Mohair is essentially a luxury fabric that is more expensive than most wool sourced from sheep. Shearing is done twice a year- in the spring and in the fall.