This article was written for Annabel & Grace, which is now part of Rest Less.
Slow fashion is a concept describing the opposite to fast fashion but, of course, the idea of buying less, better quality products can apply to any purchase we make. Here at A&G, we love exploring the ways that life can be better after 50 and one of those benefits is that we can often afford the finer things in life. Finer things that, contrary to industrial production practices, involve the use of eco-friendly materials and the skills of local artisans whose crafts might not otherwise be preserved. To say nothing of the pleasure that owning a very special piece will bring us for years to come.
Anlaby Station is home to the oldest Merino stud in South Australia. It was the first to sell a bale of wool in London. Their flock of just 500 sheep are all direct descendants from the original merino migration in the 1800’s. The sheep enjoy pure water, clean country air and abundant naturally cultivated pasture under the expansive Australian sky. A new fleece is grown each year making our wool a completely renewable fibre.
Anlaby products showcase one of the most luxurious, practical and sustainable fibres in the world. Merino wool contains both lanolin and keratin, two waxes with highly antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities. Merino wool reacts to changes in body temperature keeping you warm and cosy in the cold, and cool when it is warmer. Anlaby merino is naturally fire resistant, making it a safer choice for bedding.
Only the best of the limited supply of wool from the flock is used and once this is exhausted, the production for the year is closed. Rather like a fine wine. The result is a range of unique, limited edition throws, scarves and baby blankets that will pass down from generation to generation, each with its own certificate of authenticity.
Anlaby blankets and throws exhibit a unique buttery softness that feels amazing against one’s skin. In deference to the natural quality of the wool and to the environment, Anlaby products are not dyed, showcasing instead the natural colour of this amazing fibre. The baby blankets and bassinette blankets are edged in natural pure silk. The bed throws are finished with either a natural fringe or with an edge of designer fabric, in cotton, silk or linen to complement both contemporary and traditional home decors.
If you are looking for a very special wedding gift, christening present or would like to treat yourself, we have good news. A&G READERS ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXCLUSIVE 20% DISCOUNT on any Anlaby product. Simply use code AG20 at the Anlaby checkout.
CONGRATULATIONS GO TO LEANNA RICHARDSON WHO WON A FABULOUS ANLABY THROW WORTH £725.
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