As cool as wool

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Published: April 19, 2015 12:02:27 AM

Long gone are days when woollens could only be worn in winters. Now, designers are coming up with ways you can wear wool in summers too

IF YOU are the kind of person who feels despondent while keeping your woollens back in the trunks at the end of winter season every year, there’s reason for cheer because now you can wear wool in summers as well!

Indian textile major Raymond, in partnership with The Woolmark Company, an Australia-based textile fibre brand, recently launched its Spring/Summer collection for India using wool.

The collection, designed by Rajesh Pratap Singh, Suket Dhir and Timothy Everest, is crafted from superfine Merino wool—called Cool Wool by the companies—which is known for its natural breathability and thermal management properties that keep the body cool even during summer.

Cool Wool garments are manufactured from lightweight Merino wool fabrics with a maximum weight of 190 g/m².

Raymond’s Spring/Summer collection is an assortment of formal and informal menswear with innovations such as linen-wool-silk blends and an enriched wool-silk range that integrates the elements of formality and leisure.

“The best thing about Cool Wool is that it’s an all-weather fabric. You can wear it even in summers in India, as it has great insulation properties and breathes very well,” says designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, adding, “Man-made fibres like polyesters have crept into our wardrobes these days.

Cool Wool is a great alternative, as it means going back to the purer yarn, which is not only very beautiful, but natural as well. Additionally, Cool Wool has a really amazing fall, which is not structured in any way… the fabric dictates its own fall. Plus, the fabric travels very well… it doesn’t crush.”

Elaborating on the new collection, Stuart Mc Cullough, managing director, The Woolmark Company, says, “We believe that soft tailoring and deconstructing tailored apparel work particularly well with Cool Wool-certified fabrics, allowing the wearer to function comfortably in harsh, hot climates.”

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