Johnstons of Elgin

Johnstons of Elgin

At Forty we are dedicated to using only the best materials we can therefore when it came to venturing into knitwear there was really only one company who could work with to produce our Knitwear – Johnstons of Elgin who we chose to work with on our range of Alexander Lambswool sweats.

Having over two hundred years of tradition and expertise within textile manufacturing there is simply no one better than Johnstons of Elgin. With Mills in Hawick and Elgin all products are lovingly made in Scotland by devoted teams some of whom have been working with Johnstons of Elgin for nearly 50 years

Lambswool is the highest quality of sheep’s wool there is, taken from the first shearing from a lamb. Lambswool is the perfect fibre for knitwear as it is soft and lightweight with great insulating properties. As Lambswool has a special crimp this creates air pockets in the wool fibres which retain heat while the harder outer layer repels water. As Lambswool is a natural fibre which is breathable this allows the product to react to body temperature.

One of the keys to the manufacturing process of our Knitwear is the Scottish water which allows the products to be produced with very little chemicals compared to other countries. Lambswool is a highly sustainable fabric due to it being a natural fabric which is biodegradable, synthetic fibres can take up to 200 years to degrade. Lambswool also does not need to be washed as frequently due to its antibacterial properties.

When it comes to looking after your Alexander Lambswool sweat we recommend washing the garment at a cold 30 degrees and to be dried flat. Once dry we recommend folding your garment rather than hanging as this can stretch the fibres. If you are conscious of moths place some lavender in your drawer to deter them. Due to the nature of the fabric it is natural for the product to pill/bobble, This is not a fault but a feature of the wool which has loose fibres but this will eventually settle and is part of the natural wearing of the garment. To remove pilling we recommend using a lambswool comb.

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