Each collection starts with highly considered fabric choices, keeping us honest to our principles and ethics, and reenforcing the intended purpose of a non-ephemeral piece of clothing; durable, desirable and utilitarian.
Merino wool has always been and continues to be the central fabric used in King & Tuckfield. It is breathable, odour and fire resistant and a natural temperature regulator. It also protects the skin from the sun by absorbing harmful UV rays. And it is fully biodegradable. This amazing fibre is 100% naturally grown by the Merino sheep and not engineered in any way.
We source our merino wool from New Zealand, from farms that our founder Stacey has visited herself. The process of creating merino wool is carefully regulated, with care for the animals being of prime importance. It is for these reasons that this wonderful material fits so well with the King & Tuckfield principles of Honesty, Integrity and Longevity.
Read more about our trip to New Zealand farms to discover the full story of how this material goes from sheep to shop.
Denim formed part of our brand identity from inception, not only because it is directly connected to Stacey’s family history (her dad worked at the Yorkshire mines where denim was the “uniform”), but also due to its toughness, longevity and changing nature wear after wear.
It’s been said that the most sustainable garment is the one you already have in your wardrobe, and in that respect the life expectancy of a pair of jeans means it wins the sustainability challenge hands-down.
As for its provenance and supply chain, our fabric is sourced from a small Italian mill that works hand in hand with local independent weavers, resulting in a tight-knit community of people who believe the older way of making fabrics is better.
Cupro is a plant-based fabric that’s rooted in regeneration. It’s a by-product of cotton production that puts would-be waste to good use. Cotton seeds are surrounded by small fibres known as ‘linter’ which are typically discarded because they’re too small to spin. In a process similar to creating tencel, these scraps can be mixed with a solvent and spun to create something new: cupro.
And its sustainable properties don’t stop there. The fabric is biodegradable, so it’ll naturally break down at the end of its life cycle. On top of that, we source our cupro from a trusted mill that operates on a closed-loop system to minimise its footprint.
Silky soft, lightweight, and naturally hypoallergenic – cupro is considered a vegan silk that boasts the same qualities, but without any trips to the dry cleaners. The garments can be hand washed, line dried and aired between wear