We design, source and manufacture performance sportswear for sports brands. Merino wool has become a must have commodity for high performance sportswear brands and being a vertical production line, our merino sportswear factory is the perfect choice for anyone looking to produce merino sports clothes.
Being a vertical manufacturer we are able to custom blend the merino fabrics from fibre through to weight and structure, enabling us to tailor the performance towards our clients needs. We can select merino for several suppliers based on handle and required performance and then blend other fibres with this to create a higher performing material that wicks moisture faster or dries faster than 100% merino wool.
We also produce 100% merino wool sportswear for some of our clients, but again, being a vertical operation we can adjust the weight and structure of the fabric to suit the needs of the athlete and also mill and finish the fabric to enhance the handle or performance.
We partnered with this merino sportswear factory because it is so flexible and only sources merino from credible and non mulesed sheep and they manage the whole process from fibre through spinning, knitting, dying, finishing and garment production. This vertical operation produces a product that is far more cost effective by cutting out middle men throughout the manufacturing process and also guarantees the production quality as only one source has been responsible for the whole process from fibre to garment.
Merino wool is not a cheap solution to performance sportswear but it does have some major benefits to the athlete and our planet. Sure, synthetics are far cheaper and wick and dry sweat really fast but they also generate heat, making the athlete hotter and hotter. This means the athlete feels fatigued faster and needs to take on more liquid to help with dehydration.
Synthetics are also 100% man made and a huge drain on the planet. They will remain in land fills for centuries and these synthetic fibres attract bacteria, making the fabric stink after several wears.
Merino wool on the other hand is renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and hates bacteria so you can wear merino wool over and over and over again without washing it and it will never smell.
Merino wool is also heat regulating, so it keeps the athlete toasty warm throughout winter but it actually cools the athlete when they become warm or the sun is blaring. Blend the merino wool with the right fibres and you can end up with a fabric that wicks and dries as fast as synthetics, is environmentally friendly and never smells so it lasts much much longer and becomes your favourite garment
Remember however that not all merino wool is the same. You get what you pay for and the better the grade the softer and finer the end material will be. We love merino wool and it forms part of our sports kit at Blue Associates as well as being a recommendation to many of our clients who desire the best performance sportswear.