benefits of lambswool?

Lambswool is the soft, fine wool that comes from young lambs the very first time they are sheared.  It is the highest quality sheep’s wool on the market due to its softness, strength and natural elasticity.

Lambswool has an array of wonderful naturally occurring properties that make it the perfect material from which to create luxury scarves. 

Where some other materials will make you too hot, lambswool will constantly regulate your body temperature.  So if you’re cold it will act as an insulator and retain the heat, but if you’re too warm it will transfer heat and moisture away from your skin to keep you cool and dry.

Not only will lambswool keep you cool, its water-repellent outer layer will also keep you dry.  This outer layer also has the added benefit of being highly stain-resistant.  Dirt sits on the fabric’s surface, so it can more easily be cleaned away.

Lambswool is hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, making it the perfect choice for asthma or allergy sufferers.  It is also naturally flame resistant and will never melt like synthetic fabrics.

what is pure new wool?

Pure new wool, also known as virgin wool, is wool that is being used for the very first time and hasn’t been blended with any other materials. 

 

As a highly durable material, wool can be recycled many times over, so lots of woollen products are made from wool that has been shredded and rewoven with additional fabrics such as silk or polyester. 

 

Pure new wool, on the other hand, has been shorn from a living sheep and is being woven for the first time with no additional processes or yarns involved.

what is the Manchester bee?

 

The worker bee represents the busy, productive and collaborative nature of Mancunians.  The bee can be seen all over Manchester, including in the city’s coat of arms and, perhaps most famously, in the beautiful mosaic that decorates the Town Hall floor. 

This mosaic was the inspiration for the design of the ollie & fred worker bee Scarf – a symbol of togetherness and pride in our wonderful city.

The bee was originally associated with Manchester in the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  The busy factories of ‘Cottonopolis’ were hives of activity, buzzing with energy and hard graft. 

After being officially incorporated into the Manchester coat of arms in 1842, the worker bee was adopted as an emblem for a city famed for its industry, creativity and unity.  It even adorned the funnel of HMS Manchester, a ship nicknamed the ‘Busy Bee’.

what is modal fabric?

Modal is a type of rayon that is made from beech tree fibres. 

 

The wood fibres are pulped into a liquid, then forced through a series of very small holes (like a showerhead) to create filaments that can be woven into a fabric.  The resulting material is super soft, with a silky feel. 

 

Modal is also breathable, it’s stretchy, and it doesn’t shrink like cotton. 

 

Another benefit of modal is that it’s colourfast, so the dye won’t run when the material is washed in warm water.