At Paul James Knitwear we’re passionate about helping our customers make the move from man-made fibres, to 100% pure and natural ones.
Alongside establishing ourselves as a luxury manufacturer and retailer, we’ve also been investigating how we can assist our customers in learning more about the benefits of making the change to more sustainable, environmentally friendly clothing.
Continue reading to discover more about the yarns we use, how we use them and how introducing a piece of natural fibre knitwear into your wardrobe will change the way you view synthetics.
Why you should make the change?
Due to their moisture wicking qualities, natural fibres offer good insulation and trap air which allows you to stay cool and dry, whilst offering warmth, which regulates depending on your body temperature.
The environmental impact of working with natural fibres is significantly less damaging than manmade ones
They are renewable and recyclable which means you can rest easy knowing that your natural fibre garments will biodegrade over time
Water repellent, fire retardant and durable, natural fibres are substantially safer than manmade fibres, especially those with a high plastic or polyester content
Whilst initially more of an investment, natural fibres will last much longer than manmade ones and are easier to mend if damaged
Natural fibres dye incredibly well which means colours are brighter and bolder without looking artificial
Fibres such as merino wool and lambswool are naturally stain resistant and odour repellent which means less energy and water spent on washing them
We’re diehard fans of merino wool and its brilliant scientific benefits. Not only does it look fantastic, it is also an incredibly intelligent fibre which slots comfortably amongst your everyday wear.
We work with both chunky merino wool from Peru and lightweight extra fine merino spun in Italy by industry favourites Zegna Baruffa (Est. 1850) and Lanerossi Filivivi (Est. 1817).
Working with both chunky and extra fine merino has allowed us to expand our current collections whilst still maintaining our company ethos of pure, natural fibre knitwear, rooted in luxury.
With prices ranging from £30 to £120, if you’re looking for a premium product that will carry you through the seasons and add an extra touch of indulgence, merino wool is a great starting point.
Featured Products: Men’s Extra Fine Merino Textured Crew Neck in Navy. Unisex Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Scarf in Navy
Featured Products: Women’s Chunky Merino Wool Crew Neck in Red. Unisex Chunky Merino Ribbed Scarf in Ecru.
Merino Wool Facts
An insulating and breathable fibre, merino wool will keep you cool when you’re hot and warm when you’re feeling a chill
Naturally, UV resistant, merino wool is perfect for wearing outside
Merino wool can absorb up to 30% of its own weight which means you won’t sweat through it like synthetic fibres
Merino wool’s ability to absorb sweat particles, and the fact that wool retains it own good bacteria, means body odour won’t cling to the jumper, this means less washing and leads to a longer life cycle of your jumper
With naturally elasticated qualities, merino wool holds its shape for longer and creases are less likely to occur
Sitting in front of the sofa and relaxing is a time that we look forward to all day. Tired from work, there’s nothing better than sitting down in front of the TV when you’re ready to collapse. The Megan Chunky Merino Crew Neck
in Mustard is a contemporary take on a traditional favourite and the luxuriously soft fibres will keep you comfy all evening. Pearl Grey Alpaca Bed Socks
are not only incredibly soft, but the nature of the yarn makes them lightweight and breathable.
If it starts to get a little chilly, the Lessing Lambswool Brushed Throw in Charcoal Grey is ideal and measuring at 190 x 142 cm makes it perfect for cuddling up with.
Learn more about the history of merino wool, frequently asked questions and more of our collections, here.
When looking for a jumper with all the warmth and comfort needed for chilly winter weather, there are a plethora of options available, often making it hard to choose between.
The lambswool used within our men’s and women’s collections is sourced from industry favourite Z. Hinchliffe & Sons (Est. 1766), renowned for their consistently high-quality luxury yarns. This assured starting point allows us to craft ultra-soft, midweight garments, providing all the warmth of chunkier jumpers, minus the additional weight.
Sourcing Lambswool from the Geelong area of Australia (globally recognised for their high quality of fibre) allows Hinchliffe & Sons to select only the shortest, finest ones when spinning. They are then separated, processed, and twisted into yarn, the twists and overlaps in this process is what gives lambswool its beautifully soft and fluffy handle.
First introduced in our men’s collections, we have now expanded our use of lambswool within both womenswear and accessories. With prices ranging from £30 to £130, a lambswool product is ideal for gifting others or treating yourself.
Featured Products: Women’s Dropped Shoulder Lambswool Jumper
in Dark Grey (also available in Pearl Grey). Men’s Lambswool Button Up Cardigan
When cared for correctly lambswool will only get fluffier over time
As lambswool fibres are both short and fine, they require less processing than fibres from an older sheep. This leads to garments that are less likely to itch and irritate the skin
Lambswool fibres are hollow and so air can easily circulate throughout the jumper, preventing overheating
Hypoallergenic and with a brilliantly soft handle, lambswool is great for those with allergies or sensitive skin
Water and stain resistant, dirt sits on the surface of the fibre and so has a relatively low maintenance care process
Summer wedding or simply an afternoon BBQ with friends, after finding your ideal seasonal dress, the next step is having fun with your accessories and allowing yourself to be stylish and yet functional throughout. When the wind suddenly drops, shield yourself from the wind with our Blake Brushed Lambswool Travel Scarf
in Charcoal Grey and keeping your feet neutral in colour allows you to have fun with texture in the form of our Everyday Socks
Learn more about the history of lambswool, frequently asked questions and more of our collection, here.
Though not all used in the production of knitwear, the United Kingdom has the most breeds of sheep of anywhere in the world. With over 60 breeds being taken care of by some 40,000 farmers, there is indeed no shortage of this fantastic, durable product. A notoriously coarse yarn, British wool is famed for its hard wearing, versatile handle, taking inspiration from history and transforming itself into contemporary styles, suitable for everyday wear.
That being said, not all British wool was created equal. Due to the varying degrees of terrain and weather conditions throughout the country, there are certain breeds of sheep that are more suitable for luxury knitwear. The sheep that occupy hilly, mountainous areas for example, are primarily used within the carpet industry due to the heavy-duty coat sheep grow to protect themselves from the elements. As a rule of thumb, the calmer the weather conditions, the softer the coat and the likelihood of the fibre being using within knitwear is increased.
Due to the process of combing and spinning British wool into yarn, there will be individual fibres that won’t take to the dye as well due to their micron length and varying qualities. This will often result in your British wool jumper having undyed, natural fibres throughout, only standing to add another layer of heritage and craft.
Our British wool jumpers are seasonal favourites with our customers across the globe, providing warmth and versatility at a remarkable price.
Featured Products: Men’s Heavyweight Chunky Fisherman’s Sweater in Ecru and Denim. Unisex British Wool Beanie Hat (also available with British Wool Pompom) in Denim.
British Wool Facts
Sourced and spun in Britain, it is a cost effective, low travelled fibre which contributes to the final price
British Sheep live in unpredictable surroundings and so their fleece makes for a heavy duty, hard wearing yarn
British Wool is fire resistant and so is an incredibly safe fibre to wear
Sheep are shorn every 12 months, and grow a new fleece each year, meaning British wool is entirely renewable
Wool can be extended by up to 70% before it loses its shape, this makes it perfect for jumpers
Notoriously unpredictable and wild, the ever-changing nature of British weather means that a heavyweight, durable jumper is a must have within our wardrobes. The use of British Wool within our Jarvis Aran Knit Crew Neck
ensures that this historic fibre has a new lease of life and when cared for correctly, provides the wearer with years upon years of use. Partner with a Long-Sleeved Merino Crew Neck
to protect your skin from irritation and the addition of a Lambswool Ribbed Beanie
and Lambswool Brushed Scarf
will protect your head and neck from the elements.
Learn more about the history of British Wool frequently asked questions and more of our collection, here.
We don’t believe that luxury knitwear needs to cost the earth. Here at Paul James we’ve crafted collections from some of the finest yarns available and cotton sits comfortably in an affordable and yet durable bracket. Lending itself to both lightweight and heavyweight garments, the versatility of knitted cotton knows no bounds.
Feedback from our customers has allowed us to grow and develop our collections throughout the year, continuously rolling out new styles and colours, learning about what our customers want and how they see our products sitting within their wardrobe.
With prices starting from £30, our cotton knitwear is ideal for customers that are looking for garments that will slot easily into their seasonal wardrobe at a cost-effective price.
Featured Products: Men’s Midweight Cotton Tuck Stitch Fisherman’s Jumper in Ecru and Navy. Men’s Midweight Cotton Summer Moss Stitch Crew Neck in Navy.
Featured Products: Women’s Midweight High Neck Raglan Sweater in Ecru. Women’s Ultra Lightweight Button Up Cardigan in Biscuit.
Cotton is hypoallergenic which makes it ideal for those with sensitive skin
Breathable and moisture absorbing, this reduces overheating and helps keeps you dry
Low maintenance and easy to wash, cotton knitwear is perfect for a busy lifestyle
Our cotton is sustainably sourced and so is an ethical product whilst also being biodegradable and will break down over time
Cost effective and hard wearing, cotton jumpers are the perfect addition to a work wardrobe
Whether or not you’re stumbling across a country pub after a long weekend morning rambling through fields or joining friends and family for a catch up, there’s nothing more satisfying than the smell of an open fire and great food and drink. Our Long Sleeve Merino Polo Shirt
in Camel is a great base layer when you’re unsure of where the weather will take you and will keep you cool when you’re hot and warm when you’re feeling a chill.
A must have in everyone’s wardrobe, the Bennett Heavyweight Cotton Zip Up
is a great ‘throw on’ jumper in a soft, yet sturdy yarn. Protect your neck from wind chill and drafts with the Lambswool Brushed Scarf
whilst also adding a pop of colour.
Learn more about the history of cotton, frequently asked questions and more of our collection, here.
Famously the softest fibre on the market, using cashmere within our luxury knitwear has elevated our collections to a higher, more elite platform. Thanks to its incredibly insulating properties, handle, colour and strength, cashmere knitwear is a must have in your seasonal wardrobe.
Our cashmere is sourced from industry favourite Todd & Duncan (Est. 1867) and their in-depth knowledge and experience combined with our history of luxury manufacturing has created a line of products that are shrouded in elegance.
You can read our feature piece on working with Todd & Duncan (Est. 1867) here and learn about their process, technique and how we utilise this incredibly special yarn when it arrives at our factory.
Featured Products: Unisex Ribbed Cashmere Scarf in Camel. Unisex Brushed Cashmere Scarves in Red and Camel. Unisex Ribbed Cashmere Beanie Hat in Wine.
Super soft and textured, cashmere is the most luxurious fibre available on the market
8 times more insulating than sheep’s wool, cashmere provides excellent insulation and warmth
Lightweight and easily compressed, cashmere makes for great accessories, perfect for travelling in
Cashmere has a high moisture content which makes for a product that will keep you warm when you’re cold and cool when you’re hot
Whilst initially a more expensive purchase, cashmere is an incredibly hard-wearing fibre and will offer the wearer years of use
Whether you’re escaping to another city or simply exploring your own, layering with cashmere is a convenient and classy way to keep warm. Lightweight, breathable and easily packed, our Rohan, Cashmere Crew Neck in Derby Grey is the ideal piece. If the temperature drops, our Ribbed Cashmere Hat and Scarf set in Charcoal is a great way of protecting yourself against the elements whilst keeping a regulated temperature. Protect your feet when adventuring with a pair of Alpaca Walking Socks in Grey.
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