ERIBÉ works with Scottish, Italian and German spinners who use British wool; Shetland wool, and lovely Merino from South Africa, New Zealand and far-flung Australia. Wool is a planet-friendly highly sustainable fibre and our industry puts its environmental qualities to the fore. Read more at http://www.eribe.com/uk/blog/cat/why-wool/post/wool_info/
ERIBÉ is highly dedicated to supporting British businesses, and our yarn comes mostly from spinners in Yorkshire. Famous for many things – puddings, steel, the Brontë sisters, steam trains – the county is leading the way for exports outside of London, with £18.1bn worth of goods shipped across the world last year.
With its lush countryside and rolling dales, Yorkshire is renowned for producing some of the world’s finest textiles. There are several dozen textile firms, including weavers, spinners, dyers and finishers. Using local, raw materials and the latest technology, a combination of spinners are supporting British heritage and sheep farmers, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of garments.
The Yorkshire spinners have built a reputation for quality and innovation and are leaving a legacy which helps both the UK’s economy and carbon footprint. The next generation will realise the importance of eco-friendly, sustainable products more than anyone in the past.
Going back more than 250 years, Z Hinchliffe and Sons is a family-run firm of spinners producing quality yarns for cashmere, lambswool, angora and camel hair garments for the fashion world, including Prada, Chanel, Burberry and Ralph Lauren.
Since trading began, the business has stayed in the family, with skills shared with future generations. Hinchliffe has had a challenging time for the last few years, with costs spiralling and problems finding the right people, especially as they sort, card, dye, spin and ply all their own yarns in-house. But from the heart of the Pennines, they are creating a superior product which will be handed down the family line.
Another spinner, Knoll Yarns, has operated since 1978 out of the attractive town of Ilkley in the Wharfe Valley. They pride themselves on being an important supplier of stock-supported lambswool and Pure New Wool yarns both to the UK and worldwide knitwear and weaving industries.
Laxtons Yarns, in Baildon, uses wool from a 50-mile radius in Yorkshire. With more than 100 years of heritage, their fancy and worsted spun yarns can be found in products throughout the world. It all began in 1907 when George Laxton and Gordon Holmes formed a worsted spinning mill Holmes Laxton & Co in Oakworth, combining George Laxton’s technical know-how and Gordon Holmes’ financial expertise producing wool and mohair yarns. Nowadays they specialise in hand-knit yarn.
Prior to the First World War, together with a local Bradford weaver, Laxtons developed a new technology which dissolved away cotton fibre leaving pure mohair, thus creating the first lightweight mohair suiting fabric in the world. They now have an impressive state-of-the-art spinning mill, increasing their capacity to offer a diverse range of yarns that sell well into the future.
For next season at ERIBÉ, Rosemary and Annabelle are developing a collection of British wool garments that can be worn and treasured for years to come. Soft to touch, natural, British and very, very functional!
This collection will be ready for winter.