MG Rivers' Yarn
Our Italian Mill
Every stage of the production of our beautiful, hand-finished, fine gauge knitwear has been carefully thought out. After the husbandry of the sheep comes the creation of the yarn. It took us over 9 months of a worldwide search to locate a suitable mill. It was the result of an extremely careful selection process. We had very high standards and tough criteria. We wanted a yarn suitable for a very fine knit and that would be appropriate for artisan finishing. It had to be spun from sheep that had been reared to a high ethical standard and the production of the yarn had to be sustainable and eco friendly. All of these elements were crucial in our search.The skilful, artisan yarn production is a three-stage process that takes place within their Italian plant.
This particular mill business originated in 1850 and one of their greatest achievements has been to institute sustainable and responsible production. They also have an ethical focus and are renowned for not only treating their staff well but running initiatives to build schools, hospitals and even houses with their profits. Their philanthropic business model is similar to that of the British firm Cadburys.
One of the main reasons we chose this particular mill is that they run on green energy. Sustainability is of paramount importance to them and they deploy highly sophisticated tools and machinery that optimize energy and water consumption. All water and heat used during the production process is repurposed and recycled in the plant, so no humans, animals or plants are affected. The Mill even reuses the heat generated from the yarn-dyeing plant, for the heating of production areas.
Our 'Noble Yarn'
The spinning and crafting of our ‘Noble yarn’ uses a revolutionary method, developed by our mill, that is a closely guarded secret. The selection of the raw material is crucial: only ultrafine and pure fibres make the grade.
The result is a super soft, non-itchy yarn, adding pure Italian style to our knitwear.
Ours is the only Italian company which oversees the whole process from raw fibre to finished yarn in Italy. The teasing, carding and spinning processes use innovative, exclusive, patented technology.
The result is a yarn of cashmere softness which is resistant to pilling. Unlike many other yarn manufacturers it is not double dyed, which not only makes the pigment stronger and unlikely to wash out or fade, but it is more sustainable too.
The cuffs, rib and neck trim use a merino and silk blend, created in the same factory. Silk lends a sheen and brilliance to colours.
Our yarn is recognised to be the first and unmatched extrafine merino, and has been used by top knitwear producers around the world for over 30 years.
The merino we use is synonymous with quality and innovation. Each year Quality tests are done on the fibre to make sure that its’ quality meets their high standards. They are the only Italian company which undertakes the whole process from raw fibre to finished yarn in Italy. Crucial to the final product is their Quality Control Laboratory – credited INTER WOOL LABS for the Test Methods IWTO – 17 and IWTO – 47. This monitors all of the raw material purchased and verifies the compliance with the required parameters of yarn width, length, and fibre cleanliness.
The resulting yarns are refined and elegant. The yarns are designed to make snappier knitwear, to create plays of lightness to achieve maximum comfort.