Burlington Launches Merino FX Performance Fabrics
August 8, 2014

Merino wool has long been associated as one of the luxury wool categories. Used mainly for knitwear, one supplier has developed it as a technical fabric for performance wear, which could soon grow into an entire new fabric and retail category.

Burlington, a division of International Textile Group (ITG), Greensboro, N.C., has introduced the Merino FX collection of seasonless performance fabrics targeted to outdoor apparel.

The collection includes a variety of 100-percent merino wool and merino-blend fabrics in different weights and constructions and advanced performance levels.

Noting that merino wool is often not regarded as a year-round fiber, Burlington Product Development Manager Tom Aubrey said, "The very thing that makes wool warm in winter makes it cool in summer, and the natural give and elasticity of wool fibers yields to the body's movement, making them incredibly comfortable, wrinkle resistant and longwearing."

In addition to its inherent temperature-regulating, insulating, antimicrobial and hydrophilic properties, merino wool is soft, lightweight and comfortable next to the skin. The fabrics in the Merino FX collection are easy-care, and most are machine-washable, Burlington reports.

Aubrey also pointed out the sustainability of wool. "It is 100 percent biodegradable and is incredibly durable due to its crisp, compact structure that far outlasts many synthetic fibers."