PURE MERINO WOOL
Welcome to the world of League of Rebels!
Our suits are crafted only from pure merino wools. Merging old-world tailoring traditions with modern aesthetics we continue to create an elegant and sophisticated look for gentlemen (rebels) worldwide. We embrace the subtleties of our garments: from the hand sewn armholes, to pick stitching, meticulous tailoring, and fine worsted wool. These premium features combine to create a symphony of expression and functionality, with all the proper elements working together.
Above all, we feel the fabric, is most important!
A NATURAL, BIODEGRADABLE AND RENEWABLE FIBRE
Australian Merino wool is an entirely natural fibre grown year-round by Australia's 70 million Merino sheep. Grazing on extensive grassland terrain, Merino sheep in Australia are free-range animals that live a largely carefree existence. From the high rainfall areas of the eastern seaboard to the drier pastoral areas of the west, Merino sheep have become an integral part of the iconic Australian landscape.
Merino wool is composed of a natural protein that is biodegradable, similar to the protein found in human hair. When disposed of, Merino wool decomposes in soil in a matter of years, slowly releasing valuable nitrogen-based nutrients back into the earth, acting like a fertiliser. In contrast, synthetic fibres can be extremely slow to degrade.
RESPONSIBLE MERINO SHEEP FARMING
Raised on sustainable grassland terrain, Australian Merino sheep are well-suited to grazing a variety of natural pastures. For generations, the farmers who produce this fine wool have shown how the Australian rural landscape can be managed effectively while protecting the natural environment, supporting rural communities, and meeting the needs of increasingly environmentally-aware customers.
Well looked-after sheep living in a good environment produce the best wool. So it's in the interests of the Merino farmers, as well as the sheep, to commit to exceptionally high standards of animal welfare, responsible use of land and water resources, and sustainable farming for the benefit of future generations of their families and communities.
Merino wool is one of the most fine and versatile amongst the natural fibers. Due to its natural qualities and benefits, including breathability and insulating capacity, Merino wool has historically been used across different seasons. It has the unique ability to keep the wearer warm in cold temperatures and cool and fresh in the hottest climates.
NATURAL HEATING & COOLING
Wool often has the stereotype of only being good in the cold. You can credit all the wooly sweaters and scarves you wear in winter, but wool truly is a 4 season fiber.
Think of a sheep. When they get a bit chilly, they don’t head to the closet and grab another layer. When they get warm they don’t throw on a cotton t-shirt. They only get one shot at it and Mother Nature has given them the perfect clothing to keep them comfortable year round in all kinds of conditions.
Wool has a natural crimp to it that helps it trap more dead air than any other fiber. Dead air is a fantastic insulator and provides a great buffer against the cold.
Plus, wool fibers do such a good job of moving moisture away from the skin that even if the fabric is soaking wet the surface area of your skin will remain dry. Merino fibers and fabrics can absorb up to 30% of their dry weight before feeling wet. Most synthetics feel wet after they absorb less than 7%.
Wool has the ability to store moisture within the structure of the fiber. As your body warms up, the moisture stored within the fiber will begin to evaporate, cooling the air between your skin and the fabric. The warmer you get the more evaporation takes place and the larger the cooling effect
STRENGTH & RESILIENCE
A wool fiber is a complex structure that, believe it or not, behaves remarkably similar to our skin; naturally cooling and heating as the body needs.
Predominantly made of interlocking protein molecules known as keratin, the same protein present in our own skin and hair, individual wool fibers have the ability to be bent, flexed and stretched in any direction 30,000 times or more without damage. Now that’s one strong fiber!
In addition, wool fibers have a natural curl called the “fiber crimp” which improves the elasticity and over all resilience of the fiber.