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.
With unrivalled natural properties, linen is one of the most premium and sought-after plant-based fabrics. Similarly absorbent, thermo-regulatory and anti-allergic to merino, linen has a great abrasion resistance and strength in comparison to cotton.
All these characteristics prolong the life of the material which in turn extends the life of the garment. The fact that linen looks and drapes better with its natural creases and crumples after washing, is a welcome saving in energy and time it takes to iron.
The name Tencel is sometimes used interchangeably with viscose and modal; all types of rayon. These cellulose fibres are all made using the same method. Dissolve wood pulp, mix it with a wet solvent, dry it and push the mixture through small holes to form threads that are spun and woven into cloth.
The differences between viscose or modal (both chemically intensive) and Tencel are twofold. First, its closed-loop system means almost no solvent is dumped into the ecosystem. It is recycled time and time again to produce new fibres and minimise harmful waste. Second, Tencel is made from sustainably sourced wood while around 30% of rayon used in fashion is made from pulp sourced from endangered and ancient forest.
Boasting greater breathability, odour resistance and 50% more than moisture absorption than cotton, Tencel stays warm in Winter and cool in Summer. The “silky” handfeel is down to the quality and length of the fibers.
Our hand-painted prints are digitised and directly printed with 100% eco-friendly ink in the same small but high-tech facility in The Netherlands which produces our fabric, minimising the miles our product has to take.