'Tina' Women's Babylamb Shearling Suede Jacket in Almond (Size Large) by Knight of New Zealand
Brave the elements in this easy fit, cozy suede jacket, designed to be worn over sweater, shirt or blouse. Genuine horn buttons, adjustable fold back cuff.
Every Knight of New Zealand garment is individually made, rather than mass produced.
Sheep farming in New Zealand is still one of the country's biggest industries. Garments are made from the skins of new lambs that do not survive their first few days. Each lambing season farmers lose about 10% of lambs - the natural attrition rate for animals. Selected by nature, these skins, known as Curly lamb in Europe due to the fine natural curls in their wool, are incredibly soft and lightweight, and therefore can be put to good use in the making of fine soft leather apparel. The small size of the pelts means it can take around 30 pieces to make a single jacket.
The 100% natural baby virgin wool forms an ideal insulation against the cold on the inside, and the reverse side of the skin is buffed to form a soft silky suede or a soft napa finish. Because the skins are from such a young animal, the natural skin fibres are tightly interlocked to form a fine lightweight but strong, durable material. Knight's Babylamb garments weigh only a fraction of the weight of a traditional Shearling jacket and yet retain all the warmth that only fine natural wool can offer.
Garments made from these skins make an ideal "travelling companion" as any creases caused by overhead locker or suitcase storage will fall out very quickly when worn as they warm up with your natural body heat.
Creating a Garment
Creating an individual Babylamb Shearling garment is a little like making a hand-built automobile, compared to a mass produced vehicle coming off an assembly line. We refer to this process as "Commercial Craft", as the craftsmanship involved is highly skilled and relies much more on the skill of the person rather than on any specialised machinery. Only the experienced human brain can cope with all the variances and handling techniques involved in making a consistently high quality garment from a variety of natural materials.
Before any process can take place, the individual skins to make one garment (normally 30 skins) must be matched for colour, wool type and texture. The secret of Knight's Craftsmanship is to take this inconsistent Raw material (selected by nature, not by man) and convert it into a consistent individual garment.
Care and Cleaning
Every Knight's Babylamb Shearling garment is fully drycleanable, but only by an experienced and reputable suede and leather cleaner. Full cleaning instructions for use by the drycleaner are permanently sewn into every garment on a woven label (printed labels often fade after cleaning).
Large fits women's sizes 12-14. 27 inches (69cm) long.
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