WHY ARE SUITS
MADE OF WOOL?

Forget neoprene or kevlar, genuinely smart fabrics begin on the back of a sheep
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ou wouldn’t call it a laboratory. And it’s certainly not a center for R&D. But what happens on the Australian plains produces some of the most sophisticated fabrics in the world. It’s here that herds of merino sheep quietly graze on the best pieces of Australian grassland. The fleeces they produce will have characteristics that synthetic fabrics have yet to better.

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Australian sheep farmers at an awards ceremony with their prize-winning fleeces.
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The long fleece fibres that make up wool help to keep it naturally resilient: perfect for creating durable suits. The longer the wool fibre, the higher the quality and the more naturally resilient. For example, when travelling, your merino wool pants may be in danger of getting crumpled, but the length of the high-grade merino wool fibres helps the garment to spring back into shape. And wool’s ability to mould to the body makes it perfect for tailored pieces.

 

Compared with cotton, wool can store up to 30% of its weight without becoming damp. Its ability to absorb moisture – and to breathe – is welcome when the pressure is on. Sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, wool intuitively adapts to its surroundings. Wool, in other words, is smart. That’s why suits are made out of wool. And Zegna’s suits start with the best sheep. Zegna is unique in the men’s fashion world for owning 100% of its supply chain. And that goes right back to the grasslands of Australia. It’s here that we breed the highest quality stock to produce the best quality wool. Some of our finest fleeces are turned into the Trofeo fabric. More on that later.

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