OUR WOOL WADDING A STEP UP FROM 'DOWN'

Words by Ryan Gray

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. The old adage from your school days doesn’t often ring too true nowadays – until it comes to planning your winter wardrobe.

The nights are drawing in, the temperatures are slowly tumbling and we’re starting to feel a chill in the air on our morning walks to the factory. In the words of Jon Snow: “winter is coming” but gladly, we’re here to make sure that you are ready and raring to take on the colder climes ahead.

 

As fans of Private White V.C will already know, we’re not down lovers. The ethics behind attaining the feathers needed to fill a down jacket are largely, as with most mass market products that require the use of animals, questionable.


Then there’s the performance. Down keeps you warm by radiating heat. It warms you up, then keeps increasing in temperature, ultimately making you want unzip and get some air flow to your body to cool back down – great if you’re tackling Everest, but not if you’re taking on a stroll in the park.

 

Sadly, despite the high prices of some brands, there is no promise or indication of the quality of down used in each jacket. Simply put, there’s no way of knowing exactly what’s inside your coat, until the down starts to shift in its compartment and the jacket slowly begins to de-feather, leaving you pulling out the remnants of your outerwear investment.

 

If reading the above has left you wandering how you’re going to keep warm for the rest of the year, then fear not. After years of development and research, we’ve found the perfect alternative, thanks to a fibre that can only be described as a natural miracle: wool.

 

 

Unlike down, wool is thermo-regulating. Whilst it conjures up images of thick scarves and chunky knitwear, it also plays a key role in summer fabrications, with wool blends making up a lot of mid-summer tailoring options; thanks to the fibres ability to cool you down, as well as warm you up.

 

We source all of our wool locally. So locally in fact that it comes from our very own Nick Ashley’s farm in Wales, before our mill partner in Manchester weaves it into sheets, ready to be used to insulate some of our hardiest styles. This whole process is one we’re immensely proud of. It’s a prime example of our “sheep to shop” concept, but also shows our commitment to producing garments ethically. As a fully renewable and biodegradable fibre, wool is eco-friendly, high performing, and even anti-bacterial, making it the ultimate in cold weather defence.

 

This season, we’ve curated a range of styles using our wool wadding system, keeping you covered whether you’re battling -20°C in Toronto, or 3°C degrees in Manchester:

 

Our flight jacket features a Doeskin wool outer fabric, making it wind and waterproof, but also carries a thin layer of our wool wadding that will keep you reassuringly warm. Leave the scarf at home and turn up the real shearling collar when the wind starts to howl, this jacket even comes with corduroy lined side entry pockets to keep your hands cosy in case you forget your gloves.

 

Designed in conjunction with Jaguar Classic works, the Private White V.C. x Jaguar Ultimate Driving Jacket is the perfect 3-in-1 option for the man who needs a jacket that can do everything. We’ve insulated a fully detachable body warmer with our wool wadding, giving you the perfect piece to layer up with for early Autumn. When the wind and rain hit, slip on the Ventile® Harrington outer layer to protect you from the elements, and you’ve got a short jacket that can tackle a typically British wet and cold winter with ease.

 

The daddy of all cold weather coats, the Ventile® Frobisher has been designed to give you high performance in the coldest of temperatures, without sacrificing style. A completely weatherproof Ventile® cotton outer is backed up by three layers of wool wadding for a seriously cosy feel. We’ve insulated the sleeves with one layer less to provide articulation and equipped a shearling collar for a hearteningly plush finish.

Words by Ryan Gray

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. The old adage from your school days doesn’t often ring too true nowadays – until it comes to planning your winter wardrobe.

The nights are drawing in, the temperatures are slowly tumbling and we’re starting to feel a chill in the air on our morning walks to the factory. In the words of Jon Snow: “winter is coming” but gladly, we’re here to make sure that you are ready and raring to take on the colder climes ahead.

 

As fans of Private White V.C will already know, we’re not down lovers. The ethics behind attaining the feathers needed to fill a down jacket are largely, as with most mass market products that require the use of animals, questionable.


Then there’s the performance. Down keeps you warm by radiating heat. It warms you up, then keeps increasing in temperature, ultimately making you want unzip and get some air flow to your body to cool back down – great if you’re tackling Everest, but not if you’re taking on a stroll in the park.

 

Sadly, despite the high prices of some brands, there is no promise or indication of the quality of down used in each jacket. Simply put, there’s no way of knowing exactly what’s inside your coat, until the down starts to shift in its compartment and the jacket slowly begins to de-feather, leaving you pulling out the remnants of your outerwear investment.

 

If reading the above has left you wandering how you’re going to keep warm for the rest of the year, then fear not. After years of development and research, we’ve found the perfect alternative, thanks to a fibre that can only be described as a natural miracle: wool.

 

Unlike down, wool is thermo-regulating. Whilst it conjures up images of thick scarves and chunky knitwear, it also plays a key role in summer fabrications, with wool blends making up a lot of mid-summer tailoring options; thanks to the fibres ability to cool you down, as well as warm you up.

 

We source all of our wool locally. So locally in fact that it comes from our very own Nick Ashley’s farm in Wales, before our mill partner in Manchester weaves it into sheets, ready to be used to insulate some of our hardiest styles. This whole process is one we’re immensely proud of. It’s a prime example of our “sheep to shop” concept, but also shows our commitment to producing garments ethically. As a fully renewable and biodegradable fibre, wool is eco-friendly, high performing, and even anti-bacterial, making it the ultimate in cold weather defence.

 

This season, we’ve curated a range of styles using our wool wadding system, keeping you covered whether you’re battling -20°C in Toronto, or 3°C degrees in Manchester:

 

Our flight jacket features a Doeskin wool outer fabric, making it wind and waterproof, but also carries a thin layer of our wool wadding that will keep you reassuringly warm. Leave the scarf at home and turn up the real shearling collar when the wind starts to howl, this jacket even comes with corduroy lined side entry pockets to keep your hands cosy in case you forget your gloves.

 

Designed in conjunction with Jaguar Classic works, the Private White V.C. x Jaguar Ultimate Driving Jacket is the perfect 3-in-1 option for the man who needs a jacket that can do everything. We’ve insulated a fully detachable body warmer with our wool wadding, giving you the perfect piece to layer up with for early Autumn. When the wind and rain hit, slip on the Ventile® Harrington outer layer to protect you from the elements, and you’ve got a short jacket that can tackle a typically British wet and cold winter with ease.

 

The daddy of all cold weather coats, the Ventile® Frobisher has been designed to give you high performance in the coldest of temperatures, without sacrificing style. A completely weatherproof Ventile® cotton outer is backed up by three layers of wool wadding for a seriously cosy feel. We’ve insulated the sleeves with one layer less to provide articulation and equipped a shearling collar for a hearteningly plush finish.

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