WOOL & CASHMERE

wool in all its glory

Wool inspires in us a very intimate relationship. We all instinctively rub cashmere or
extra-fine wool against our cheeks to feel their sensual softness. We recognize a
knit’s quality—a certain lightness and softness—by touch. This quality is measured
in microns. A micron, or one-thousandth of a millimetre, is used to measure a fibre’s
diameter. The better the quality and prestige of wool, the lower the number of microns,
which is determined by the place on the animal where the wool was sheared. An
ultra-fine wool of 16 or 18 microns, for example, is so soft that it can be worn against
the skin. When you don ultra-fine wool clothing, you’re never too hot or too cold. The
airy texture adapts to your body temperature and your environment, ventilating indoors
and offering thermal protection outdoors. The result? Our fine-micron wools
never itch! A higher micron does not necessarily mean more warmth, however.
Fine-micron yarn offers insulating and absorbing properties that make it warmer
than large-micron, thicker wools. ça va de soi chooses yarns that measure between
15 and 19 microns, a rare standard of quality in the world of knits, where the average
hovers around 24 microns. Even our oversize, enveloping sweaters are made of
fine fibres that we double or triple to help you survive the cold in complete comfort.
Wools are also distinguished by the technique used to prepare them for spinning,
either carding or combing. Our cashmere and virgin wool are carded fibres, for more
warmth and durability and for a more rustic finish. Our extra-fine merino falls into
the category of combed wools, which are more refined since they look perfectly even.
The style of knit dictates the choice of technique.

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Super 160 Merino - carded - The Felt

Spun in Italy specifically for ça va de soi, this Australian merino wool is as simple as it is rich. Using a revolutionary carding process that integrates air bubbles, the fine and ultra-long fibre (15.5-micron) breathes and stretches to best deploy its splendor. Sweaters are so light and airy, you would almost think you're wearing a cloud. Comes across like a big sweater with the softness of a fine sweater: just a taste of what we quickly can't get enough of.


SUPER 160

The 4-Season wool 

“No compromises!” The day that ça va de soi embraced that approach, 17 years ago, was an auspicious one. Because from that day forward, our clothes have been produced from only the highest-quality natural fibres, spun by the most seasoned master craftsmen in Italy. And the king of these fibres is merino wool.
A few words cannot do justice to merino wool, the venerable yarn that has ça va de soi completely head over heels. It’s almost better to say nothing, and instead carefully feel it, allowing the fibre to speak for itself on your skin. Devotees of extra-fine Super 140, a yarn spun
from fibres merely 16.5 microns in diameter (the market average is about 20), will be elated this season by a newcomer to our latest collection: Super 160, a yarn spun from fibres only 15 microns wide! By comparison, a human hair can measure as much as 100 microns wide.

This unveiling of a finesse that scales new heights reveals fibres that are exceptionally long and smooth, guaranteeing a lasting lustre and increased resistance to pilling. Nature offers this rare wool only when all the elements decide to work together.

SUPER HOW MUCH?
Super this, super that: the term is no marketing ploy but rather an internationally recognized
measure of fibre elasticity. The word “super” refers to the highest degree of stretch a thread can attain before breaking, which depends on both its length and diameter. This appellation first appeared some 30 or 40 years ago, when weavers of men’s suiting discovered a highly superior wool, Super 100 (18 microns), once reserved exclusively for the political elite and the
clergy, and from then on made available to the man in the street. The colossal impact of its arrival to our industry can still be felt: with super wool, clothing lost its stiffness, becoming smooth, lustrous, chic and versatile. The suit became the sartorial mainstay for all occasions.

The introduction of Super 140 only enhanced the wearing experience, proving that we find and express our best selves when comfortable. The arrival of small quantities of Super 160
merino wool to our flagship boutiques is the arrival of nothing less than the most beautiful wool in the world. It’s indescribably soft, imperceptibly refreshing, and subtly supple. This gift from nature, shorn from top Australian sheep, is in no way a sure thing. Although the farmers guarantee exceptionally good breeding conditions — they go so far as monitoring the water that their animals drink — they’re nonetheless aware that nature always has the last word, perhaps now more than ever.

But when all goes well, and the resultingfibre is treated, dyed and spun by the expert hands
of the top artisans in Biella, Italy — the mecca for merino wool — then Super 160 quite simply has us enchanted.

Super 160 has been an epiphany for ça va de soi, a wool we cherish like no other. And anyone who draws the back of their hand across it, the sign of a connoisseur, or their fingertips, as most admirers do, would have to agree with us: surely this is the most beautiful wool in the world.