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 100-percent merino wool and merino-blend fabrics in different weights and constructions and advanced performance levels. Merino-blended fabrics may include CORDURA® certified yarns, Supima® cotton, flax or TENCEL®. There also are plaids in 100-percent merino wool.
Although merino wool often is 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, according to Burlington. Other reported advantages are its biodegradability and durability.