Black Sheep has always been very open about where we source our materials and where we manufacture . We have been in clothing for over three decades and value transparency in an industry that has many dark secrets. It can be beautiful - it sure is for us. From our design and development in Australia, to our production in Europe and East Asia, to your home in every corner of the world. We love what we do and how we do it. Let us take you behind the scenes.
There is no such thing as an overnight success story, and we definitely aren’t one them. The team that create our garments not only ride bikes but have extensive garment design and production experience. We have degrees in Sports Science, Physiotherapy and Schooled at the London College of Fashion. When we say we do everything in-house it’s not because we can, but that we should.
Our garments are made in Italy and China. One goal drives us in determining where the final destination lay; how do we make the best garment for specific conditions, using the best materials, at the best retail price. The answer is somewhat more difficult to detail, so let us try.
It’s very easy to be deafened by noise in the apparel world. Endless hyperbole, little effort to actually explain to the consumer what all of it means. Maybe the companies are unable to? Maybe it’s too hard? Or maybe it’s just top secret stuff! Black Sheep prides itself on the fabric we have gone around the world to source, and we love to explain to people what matters, and what is irrelevant. Please, send us an email if you want to know more.
We predominately utilise fabric mills from Italy and Taiwan. We chose Italy because, to this day, they still produce the best warp- and circular-knits available to the performance market. Our close relationships with MITI Spa, SITIP Spa and others ensure that we are always at the forefront of textile innovation.
“Our close relationships with MITI Spa, SITIP Spa and others ensure that we are always at the forefront of textile innovation.”
Over the last 5 years, Taiwan and the Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI) have led a significant amount of the development in the performance market. We are now at the point where it can no longer be assumed that the fabrics from Europe are simply better. Competition is great, hey? We are keeping a close eye on this region for future product development, where you can already see some of it in our Elements range, and in particular our range of jackets.
Thermoregulation. Used to describe the regulation of temperature, normally in respect to the body. The thermoregulatory effect of textiles can obviously effect this regulation through a number of processes, outlined below.
The term used to describe the transport of moisture from the skin, through the fabric, to the environment.
The passage of air from the environment, through the fabric, to the skin, and visa versa.
The tolerance a fabric has to repeated abrasion.