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Why Merino?...


Fabric mills the world over have production and research facilities dedicated to developing new ways of keeping you comfortable in cold and harsh environments, but there is one fabric that seems to trump them all, Merino wool – and it does so effortlessly and naturally.


The natural benefits of Merino:


Soft:
The Merino fibre is very fine and super light, making it extremely soft, without the traditional woolly itch, making Superfine Merino the perfect choice for a next to the skin base layer.


Warm:
Merino fibres are hollow, which allows them to retain warmth for longer, providing you with great natural insulation.


Dry:
The hollow Merino fibres allow them to wick moisture away from the body, always giving a drier feeling next to skin than traditional synthetics base layers.


Comfortable: Merino is antimicrobial, so during high levels of activity, sweat is wicked away from the body into the fibre, with synthetic fibres this would cause bacteria to be retained on the surface of the fabric, leading to odour, but Merino is naturally antibacterial moving moisture without the pong.


The technical benefits of Merino:


Merino is thermo-regulating, meaning it helps to maintain the body’s core temperature. Keeping you warm when you are cold and breathable and cool when you are running warm. Due to its natural fibre structure, Merino is the perfect next to skin layer - providing you with the ability to keep dry, warm, breathable and comfortable, whenever you need it.


Cruelty Free… 


Guaranteed Non-mulesed:


As the Merino industry has skyrocketed and the international demand has increased, the pressure on farmers to produce Merino as fast as they can has also increased. As a result, Merino farmers are trying to cope with the balance of supply and demand and certain aspects within the Merino sourcing chain have fallen by the wayside. One of these aspects is the outbreak of flystrike and the methods farmers are adopting in order to cope with it.


The blowfly needs moist areas to lay eggs, making the backside of sheep its ideal breeding ground. After the eggs hatch, the larvae then attack the skin, causing open sores. Once the skin is breached, they then tunnel through the tissue, causing deep and irritating lesions highly susceptible to infection. This process is known as flystrike, and if left untreated can cause septicaemia and ultimately death.


There are two simple ways of treating flystrike, non-invasive and invasive. Non-invasive is more hands on, requiring an application of insecticides, or making sure the sheep are looked after and kept clean. Invasive treatment is less hands on, naturally cheaper, but extremely cruel, involving a process called mulesing. Mulesing is a process where large chunks of flesh are cut out of the sheep’s backside, in order to keep the area cleaner. Unfortunately, because of the pressure on the Merino market, the process is usually done without anaesthetic and is something we do not support at Finisterre.


Full Traceability:


All of the Merino wool in our products has full traceability and is certified mulesing-free. This unique breed of sheep that gives us so much deserves more. No shortcuts. We’ll strive everyday to make sure our Merino is, and stays, cruelty free. We'd also ask you to question where you buy your Merino, question where the Merino comes from and take action; with information comes responsibility and with responsibility, the power to change.


Something For Everyone


Narrow your focus at first, specialise in something - that is exactly what we did back in 2006 when we first began using Merino in our base layers. As the years have gone by we've become a specialist with the fabric, understanding its properties and how best to take advantage of them. Once that fundamental understanding was there we began to expand its use into other garments. Many happy sheep and nearly a decade later, we offer a range that can cater to any use, from a day in the office to exploring remote cold spots. 


Eddy & Zephyr
In our classic weight, the Eddy and Zephyr ranges are perfect as traditional base layers for those with active lifestyles. Performance fit, with all the Finisterre advantages of full traceability and superior quality.


Fitzroy
In a heavier weight ribbed fabric, with a longer lean cut, the Fitzroy range is for those who want a little extra warmth and coverage, in styles reminiscent of gentleman’s outfitting.


Fiske
Our heaviest weight Merino in a more relaxed fit than our Eddy & Zephyr ranges, ideal for layering in colder climates and those who need extra comfort and warmth.


Portland & Alize
Designed for those who want garments that look great and feel even better, the Portland and Alize ranges are wearable casual pieces with the added benefits of Merino wool. Soft, warm and comfortable next to the skin, with Finisterre’s full traceability and quality guaranteed.

Fabric mills the world over have production and research facilities dedicated to developing new ways of keeping you comfortable in cold and harsh environments, but there is one fabric that seems to trump them all, Merino wool – and it does so effortlessly and naturally.


The natural benefits of Merino:


Soft: The Merino fibre is very fine and super light, making it extremely soft, without the traditional woolly itch, making Superfine Merino the perfect choice for a next to the skin base layer.


Warm: Merino fibres are hollow, which allows them to retain warmth for longer, providing you with great natural insulation.


Dry: The hollow Merino fibres allow them to wick moisture away from the body, always giving a drier feeling next to skin than traditional synthetics base layers.


Comfortable:
Merino is antimicrobial, so during high levels of activity, sweat is wicked away from the body into the fibre, with synthetic fibres this would cause bacteria to be retained on the surface of the fabric, leading to odour, but Merino is naturally antibacterial moving moisture without the pong.


The technical benefits of Merino:
Merino is thermo-regulating, meaning it helps to maintain the body’s core temperature. Keeping you warm when you are cold and breathable and cool when you are running warm. Due to its natural fibre structure, Merino is the perfect next to skin layer - providing you with the ability to keep dry, warm, breathable and comfortable, whenever you need it.

Guaranteed Non-mulesed:
As the Merino industry has skyrocketed and the international demand has increased, the pressure on farmers to produce Merino as fast as they can has also increased. As a result, Merino farmers are trying to cope with the balance of supply and demand and certain aspects within the Merino sourcing chain have fallen by the wayside. One of these aspects is the outbreak of flystrike and the methods farmers are adopting in order to cope with it.


The blowfly needs moist areas to lay eggs, making the backside of sheep its ideal breeding ground. After the eggs hatch, the larvae then attack the skin, causing open sores. Once the skin is breached, they then tunnel through the tissue, causing deep and irritating lesions highly susceptible to infection. This process is known as flystrike, and if left untreated can cause septicaemia and ultimately death.


There are two simple ways of treating flystrike, non-invasive and invasive. Non-invasive is more hands on, requiring an application of insecticides, or making sure the sheep are looked after and kept clean. Invasive treatment is less hands on, naturally cheaper, but extremely cruel, involving a process called mulesing.


Mulesing is a process where large chunks of flesh are cut out of the sheep’s backside, in order to keep the area cleaner. Unfortunately, because of the pressure on the Merino market, the process is usually done without anaesthetic and is something we do not support at Finisterre.


Full Traceability:
All of the Merino wool in our products has full traceability and is certified mulesing-free. This unique breed of sheep that gives us so much deserves more. No shortcuts. We’ll strive everyday to make sure our Merino is, and stays, cruelty free. We'd also ask you to question where you buy your Merino, question where the Merino comes from and take action; with information comes responsibility and with responsibility, the power to change.

Something For Everyone
Narrow your focus at first, specialise in something - that is exactly what we did back in 2006 when we first began using Merino in our base layers. As the years have gone by we've become a specialist with the fabric, understanding its properties and how best to take advantage of them. Once that fundamental understanding was there we began to expand its use into other garments. Many happy sheep and nearly a decade later, we offer a range that can cater to any use, from a day in the office to exploring remote cold spots. 


Eddy & Zephyr
In our classic weight, the Eddy and Zephyr ranges are perfect as traditional base layers for those with active lifestyles. Performance fit, with all the Finisterre advantages of full traceability and superior quality.


Fitzroy
In a heavier weight ribbed fabric, with a longer lean cut, the Fitzroy range is for those who want a little extra warmth and coverage, in styles reminiscent of gentleman’s outfitting.


Fiske
Our heaviest weight Merino in a more relaxed fit than our Eddy & Zephyr ranges, ideal for layering in colder climates and those who need extra comfort and warmth.


Portland & Alize
Designed for those who want garments that look great and feel even better, the Portland and Alize ranges are wearable casual pieces with the added benefits of Merino wool. Soft, warm and comfortable next to the skin, with Finisterre’s full traceability and quality guaranteed.

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EDDY AND ZEPHYR

In our classic weight, the Eddy and Zephyr ranges are perfect as traditional base layers for those with active lifestyles. Performance fit, with all the Finisterre advantages of full traceability and superior quality.

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FITZROY

In a heavier weight ribbed fabric, with a longer lean cut, the Fitzroy range is for those who want a little extra warmth and coverage, in styles reminiscent of gentleman’s outfitting.

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FISKE

Our heaviest weight Merino in a more relaxed fit than our Eddy & Zephyr ranges, ideal for layering in colder climates and those who need extra comfort and warmth.

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PORTLAND & ALIZE

Designed for those who want garments that look great and feel even better, the Portland and Alize ranges are wearable casual pieces with the added benefits of Merino wool. Soft, warm and comfortable next to the skin, with Finisterre’s full traceability and quality guaranteed.

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