As we make all Mountain White products in the UK, we needed to source some amazing materials that fit the values we look for, the information below relates to two of our most valued materials, Harris Tweed & Ventile. Both amazing in their own right, both incredible to work with, and most importantly both are made in the UK.
Harris Tweed: Featured in our Outershirts & Jackets
Ventile: Featured in our Parka Jackets, Trousers, Outdoor shirt & Denim Outershirts Ventile® was the first truly effective all weather fabric whose breathability performance remains unsurpassed. Its secret lies in the uncoated and unlaminated construction. The fabrics are 100% cotton, utilising the finest, long staple fibres, only found in the top 2% of the world's crop. After gentle spinning and doubling, the yarn is woven into a very dense Oxford weave, using up to 30% more yarn than conventional woven fabrics.
The performance of Ventile® fabrics results from the properties of cotton fibres which expand when they come into contact with water. The combination of fibres, yarns and weave causes expansion in a uniform manner. This allows the interstices within the fabric to close up, preventing the further passage of water. In addition to this, Ventile is impregnated with a high quality DWR system which enhances the fabrics water resistant properties and increases performance.
The fabric therefore provides excellent protection against the wind, rain, snow and cold.
The true cost: A very important Documentary
For us at Mountain White we source and manufacture in UK to help us control what we put into our products at all levels. We cannot advocate adventure and try to inspire others knowing that our products are made a some level in an unsustainable or unethical way.
3 years ago when we started to put Mountain White together, this a was a clear cut decision and although as it stands it is easier and cheaper to have products made on the other side of world than it is to make them in the UK, we simply could not bring ourselves to do it.
Our adventure has been putting a brand together, sourcing materials and working with some of the UK's amazing producers to understand at all levels what it takes and costs to produce the materials and garments we required.
Now after some incredibly hard work, we have a full line of sustainable, premium quality, low impact garments, and business model that works and this movie sums up exactly why we did it.