You’ve worked with our design team in order to create the ideal uniform- tailored, on brand, with the perfect style and fit. But, do you know what goes into that uniform? We have started a new series to guide you through some of the advantages and disadvantages of the four main fibers: wool, cotton, viscose and polyester. In this issue’s Fiber Guide 101, we are exploring wool.
Primarily, we use wool in our suiting fabrics as it has excellent pilling resistance, making a piece look new for longer and suitable (pun intended) for both big meetings and corporate events. Wool is also a natural insulator, keeping wearers warm or cool as desired. Despite bad memories of itchy knitted sweaters (thanks, Grandma), wool actually has a soft hand and has the added bonus of being crease resistant. As a natural fiber, woolen garments are biodegradable and can be recycled into insulation materials at the end of their life span.
All these good qualities come at a premium. Wool is a weak fiber and as a consequence can shrink, however, dry cleaning can prevent this from happening.
To get the best out of wool, you have to know when its strengths play to your end use. Hopefully, this guide gives you that advantage the next time you are determining your fiber needs.