We proudly use high quality fabrics sourced through New Zealand suppliers. We want you to wear Somers clothing to not only feel fabulous but to know what you are wearing aligns with your sustainable values.
We are proud to say that our ZQ Premium Merino is produced ethically and sourced sustainable from New Zealand farms. It is consistent in fibre quality, traceable to source, meets environmental sustainability benchmarks and adheres to animal welfare and social responsibilities. This merino range follows the blue-sign system during the dye process within a OEKO-TEX 100 certified mill.
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ZQ Merino fabric is used in Somers Tank and Long Sleeve Layer.
The merino used in our Echo Jerseys is a fine blend of New Zealand and Australian grown merino fibres sourced with RWS (Responsible Wool Standards) by the Südwolle Group. The fibres are spun and dyed in China under GOTS Certification. From here the wool is manufactured carefully in New Zealand at Textile Creations, Auckland.
Unlike other wool, merino is known to be breathable yet moisture wicking, helping to keep you warm as well as cool you down. Airing your merino garments between wearing instead of continuously washing them can assist with the longevity of the clothes and the planet!
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Merino is used in Somers Echo Jerseys.
Organic cotton is naturally grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilisers, pesticides or transgenic technology. It is also typically known to produce longer fibres which are thought to be longer lasting. Being organic allows for safer communities and reduces the cost of the growing process. Key benefits are that it builds soil quality and maintains efficient use of water.
We have sourced a blend of 95% Organic Cotton and 5% Elastane through O'Neill Textiles Ltd. The blend allows for a lovely soft stretch to give comfort for every wear. The fabric has been tested for harmful substances according to OEKO-TEX 100, GOTS Certification and Organic 100- content standard.
The cotton origin is Turkey and garments manufactured by 140 Clothing, Christchurch.
Organic cotton is used in Somers Day Off Tees.
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Hemp and Organic Cotton
Hemp has been known to be used for thousands of years, naturally grown from the cannabis sativa fibre. Hemp requires low water use to grow and has a high density covering which reduces the growth of weeds. Therefore, the amount of pesticides used are lower than other crops.
We have sourced a blend of 30% Hemp and 70% Organic Cotton through O'Neill Textiles Ltd. The blend is soft and light to touch, with a slight stretch allowing for comfort. The fabric has been enzyme washed, producing a unique finish with similarities to a white washed fabric. Not one is the same.
The fabric is milled in China and manufactured by 140 Clothing, Christchurch.
Hemp and organic cotton blended fabric is used in the Somers Crew.
Recycled Polyester Yoryu Chiffon
Recycled polyester uses PET as the raw material, the same material that is used in clear plastic water bottles. The plastic is broken down to create a yarn. The yarn is then baled, dyed and knitted into polyester fabric. We believe using recycled polyester is positive by using existing plastic and preventing waste going straight into landfill.
We have sourced our 100% Recycled Polyester Yoryu Chiffon through O'Neill Textiles Ltd. The sheer, lightweight fabric allows for a soft and easy to wear style. The fabric origin is Japan and garments are manufactured by 140 Clothing, Christchurch NZ.
Recycled polyester is used in Somers Sadie Dress and Skirt.
Linen is a biodegradable fibre that is produced from the raw, natural fibres of the flax plant. Cultivation of flax requires low irrigation and almost no chemical treatment. The cellulose fibre from the stem is able to be spun and is used in the production of linen yarn.
Linen is very strong and moisture wicking, making it breathable in summer and comfortable in winter.
Vintage Finish Linen Range
The vintage finish range sourced through The Fabric Store is crafted from Belgian-origin flax fibres. The linen is milled in Harbin, China and dyed in Zhejiang. They specialise in the spinning process and a cold-pad batch dyeing system and are certified to OEKO-TEX Standard 100. The cold-pad batch method is a dyeing process which requires far less water usage and energy consumption, no salts or humectants and no bio-polishing. This is a slower process with smaller dye batches per colour, allowing for greater accuracy.
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Vintage finish range Linen is used in Somers Belle Top and Mia Dress.
Washen Linen Range
We have sourced our 100% washed super soft finish linen through O'Neill Textiles Ltd. The fabric has been enzyme washed, producing a unique finish with similarities to a white washed fabric. Not one is the same.
The fabric has been tested for harmful substances according to OEKO-TEX 100. The fabric origin is Lithuania and is manufactured by 140 Clothing, Christchurch.
Washed linen is used in Somers Japanese Apron.
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