WHY ARE SUITS
MADE OF WOOL?

Forget neoprene or kevlar, genuinely smart fabrics begin on the back of a sheep
Y
ou wouldn’t call it a laboratory. And it’s certainly not a center for R&D. On the Australian plains, herds of merino sheep quietly graze on Australian grassland. The fleeces they produce will have characteristics that synthetic fabrics have yet to beat.

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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 for durable suits. The longer the wool fibre, the more resilient. For example, when travelling, your merino wool pants may be in danger of getting crumpled, but the length of the merino wool fibres helps the garment to spring back into shape. And wool has an ability to mould to the body, even in 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 happy sheep. Zegna is unusual 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 stock to produce quality wool. Some of our fleeces are turned into the Trofeo fabric. More on that later.

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