LACE TIES & BOW TIES
The lace is a specialist cotton English lace called Leavers Lace. It is made just outside of Nottingham, an area in England historically known for its lace manufacturing. We use archive lace patterns and create hand made ties and bow ties using two manufacturers in England. The process required a detailed development process as the fabrics were unusual for this product. Having worked with the skilled suppliers for 3 years now, we have a consistent and luxury product, made by hand in the UK. The lace ties and bow ties have created a buzz for Marwood from the start and appeal to men for formal occasions. We have seen them worn as wedding attire or formal black / white tie attire. It is a way for someone to stand out and look different, but in a subtle, non shout-out way.
The woven cloth that are ties are made from is developed and produced in a historic mill in Suffolk that provides fabric to the best luxury clothing brands worldwide. We work closely with the mill to develop new patterns that originate as ink drawings or sketches. We also use techniques such as photographic jacquards to gain results like the ‘wing-tip’ tie. The cloth is then cut by hand and for these special placement designs it is then hand made and positions by the craftsman/women. Each tie is hand finished with a “bullion” knot in tonal colours to the cloth. The finishing touch that makes a Marwood tie recognisable is the “staircase” design tipping – the diamond shaped lining behind the point of each tie.
Mohair is a silk-like wool yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. Mohair fiber is extremely durable and resilient. It is notable for its high luster and sheen which has helped give it the nickname the “Diamond Fiber”. Mohair takes dye exceptionally well, which is why we have hand-dyed our socks in exclusive colours to Marwood.
Mohair is warm in winter as it has great insulating properties, while remaining cool in summer due to its moisture wicking properties. It is durable, naturally elastic, flame resistant, crease resistant, and does not felt.
How can you wash mohair socks? Why doesn’t it felt like wool does?
Machine wash at 30 degrees
Mohair is composed mostly of keratin, a protein found in the hair, wool, horns and skin of all mammals. While it has scales like wool, the scales are not fully developed, merely indicated. Thus, mohair does not felt as wool does.
Mohair is a luxury fiber, like cashmere, angora and silk, and is usually more expensive than most wool that comes from sheep due to its unique properties.
Where does Marwood mohair come from?
Our Mohair comes from angora goats that are bred on a family farm in Devon. The yarn is then spun and knitted in to socks and then hand-dyed at the farm before the Marwood tags are hand sewn on. The process is highly monitored and executed to an extremely high standard from the beginning. This is why we can stand by this luxurious fibre and know that Marwood mohair socks will last for years.
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