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Merino wool

BOWIES stands for locally developed design, high-quality materials, and skilled knitwear specialists. Furthermore, it is our mission to approach fashion in an ethical and transparent way that considers both people and the planet.

A warm embrace

Pulling on a great sweater is like hugging someone you love. A warm embrace, soft to the touch. That feeling of not wanting to let go. Made with 100% extrafine merino wool and lasting a lifetime, our signature sweater is all that.


100% extra fine merino wool regulates body temperature, transports sweat away and cancels out smells. With fibers so fine they actually bend when hitting your skin, the material is lightweight and super-soft, providing high wearing comfort.

Read more about the wool characteristics:

Wool is great for keeping you warm, but not so much at surviving a ride in your washing machine. If you do wish to wash your wool items, do it in cool water (by hand or machine-wash on gentle cycle) and with detergent designed to use on wool. Heavier duties? Take them to a dry cleaner.

The skin interacts with the external environment 24 hours a day. Therefore, next-to-skin clothing plays an important role in skin health and hygiene. Wool makes an excellent choice because it protects the body in both cold and warm conditions: it helps to hold in body heat, but also accelerates our natural cooling down process by absorbing perspiration.

Wool’s natural moisture management properties help defer the onset of liquid sweating and keep the skin drier. Less breathable fabrics such as many synthetics will cause the skin to become moist, encouraging bacterial growth and odour development.

The 400 is designed as a unisex fit: not too slim, not too loose. It’s best to fold your knitwear – hanging will stretch the garment out of shape – and rest your wool items for quite some time before wearing it again. This gives the natural resilience and spring in the wool fibre time to recover and return to its original shape.

Animal friendly

Taking animal welfare at heart, we do not source mulesed wool. Mulesing is the removal of skin around a sheep’s buttocks to prevent the parasitic infection flystrike. Once scarred over, the breech area does not grow wool and is less likely to hold feces and urine, which attract fly larvae. The skin is cut with a sharp pair of scissors and the tail is ‘docked’ to a stump to avoid organic matter from becoming stuck. 

No local anesthetic is involved, which means the young sheep – they are cut before six months of age – are in a lot of pain. We believe that mulesing is a cruel practice and that sheep can be spared from flystrike through more humane methods, including special diets and spray washing.

Choose better

You can only choose better, when you know better. At BOWIES, we will always be open, honest, and straightforward about our company operations. We think it is important for our clients to understand where our products come from and how they have been made. By working closely with our suppliers and using advanced knitting technologies, we are able to lessen our environmental and social impact.

Wool heritage

For this order, BOWIES bought mulesing free wool from an existing batch. This batch contains wool from various parts of the world. From next order, we will have more information about the heritage per lot.

This batch contains wool from: mainly South Africa, Australia, New-Zealand and parts of Southern America.

Ethical production? 


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The sweater’s fit is laidback. Please use this guide to help you find your correct size. All measurements are garment measurements – take the measures on a garment laying out on a flat surface to choose your suitable size to compare.

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