It may have been sewn in England, Italy or Hong Kong but much of the world's best tailored clothing starts in New Zealand's high country. The South Island is a leading source of Merino wool, generally considered unique for its combination of bright white fibre; high crimp, which makes it long, strong and elastic; consistent in diameter and with very low levels of contamination that make it easier to clean.
Brought to New Zealand in the 18th century, the Merino sheep has flourished amid that country's mountains and glacier fed lakes. Once sheared, the fleece is flown to England, Scotland and Italy where it is woven. Its journey continues through the hands of tailors around the world, and finally, after travelling much of the way around the planet, into the wardrobes of the customers of those tailors.
But it all begins in one of the most pristine places on earth.
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