Felted Merino & Cashmere
Merino sheep derived from the famed Royal Merino Flocks in Spain, which were later introduced into Australia, where further selective breeding soon produced the authentic and even finer Australian merino wool. Australian merino wool was predominantly used for utilitarian garments, particularly for military uniforms and work wear.
Originally, cashmere was sourced from Tibetan goats and was manufactured into fabric and wool in Kashmir. Over time cashmere goats spread to other mountainous regions, and are now most common in Mongolia and China. Cashmere fibres have no more than 19 microns and are thus one of the finest fibres that have been processed for thousands of years.
Typically the sheeps and goats are shorn once each year and for the welfare of the animal, the sheep and goat shearing does not take place during cold climate winters.
Sustainability & eco-friendliness
Wool is a natural and renewable resource. Both merino superfine and cashmere wool are not as durable as alpaca fibre, since the sheep and goat fibres have a tendency to felt when washing or when sweating below the armpits. In order to provide long-lasting merino and cashmere knitwear, R.EH went through a tedious design development of felting the seamlessly knitted pullovers, hats and scarves. Through the felting process the quality of the merino-cashmere blend increases in value and results in a high-quality material that lasts for many decades.
- The densely felted blend of merino superfine and cashmere wool is best qualified for outdoor activities, due to its windproof and water-repellant quality and due to having superior thermal insulating properties.
- The soft wool and cashmere felt is itch-free, highly resilient and wear resistant, retaining its strength and unique properties for decades.
- The felted wool blend is a renewable and environmentally friendly resource.
- It is resistant to chemicals, ignition, shrinking and wrinkling.
The medium thick blend of merino superfine and cashmere has an very soft and fluffy surface, providing a pleasant and itch-free wearing comfort.
Spinning mill – Italy
The precious blend of merino superfine and cashmere is sourced from one of the most renowned Italian wool mills named Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia, which was founded in 1850. The felted R.EH products are made of wool that is provided to Zegna Baruffa by the high-end spinning mill in Chiavazza, Filatura di Chiavazza.
Knitwear manufacturer – Germany
Finding a knitwear specialist in Germany, who produces small quantities for fair prices, is a rarity worthy of note. The sole trader Mr. Tatewos discovered his enthusiasm for producing knitwear whilst working as a translator in Leipzig. He moved to Japan to learn how to work with Shima Seiki Wholegarment® machines and since 1990 he works with these machines outside of Berlin. The 3D seamless knitting technology is a highly sustainable way of producing garments, as it minimises waste by knitting the entire garment in one process without seams in a three-dimensional construction on the knitting machine, thus reducing labour and material loss associated with cutting and sewing processes.
80% wool (merino superfine)
Premium warp sateen, real selvedge, 100% Polyester
100% recycled cardpaper
100% waxed cotton
100% recycled cardboard
100% recycled cardpaper
Design time: 4 hours
Development time for: 35 hours
Production time: 1 hour
Felting: 1 hour
Handsewn Label: 5 min
WOOL: 55,70 €/kg
0,5 kg x 55,70 € = 27,85 €
TOTAL MATERIAL COST:
TOTAL PRODUCTION COST:
RETAIL MARK UP (excl. VAT):
84,78 € X 2,2 = 186,52 €
The retail mark up covers a part of the R.EH research & design time, production development, studio costs, utility costs, transportation, office supplies, maintenance and costs of the online shop, insurance, legal and accounting costs and marketing.
5 € will be donated to the non-profit association La Escuelita e.V. The gross price solely includes a donation of 2,50 € by the customer. The other half is deducted from R.EH`s own profit per sold R.EH item.
R.EH RETAIL PRICE (incl. 2,50 € donation by the customer, excl.VAT): 189,02 €
This price is applicable to non-EU customers. Import duty taxes apply.
R.EH RETAIL PRICE (incl. 2,50 € donation by the customer, incl.VAT): 224,93 €
This price is applicable to EU customers only. 19% VAT is included in this price.
NOTE: All prices are calculated per 1 item.