Barkers and Perino by Woolyarns have teamed up again this year for another beautiful knitwear collection designed, sourced and knitted here in New Zealand. Barkers have a passion for working with artisans within New Zealand to include bespoke pieces in their collection, adding luxury and style to any man’s wardrobe. This week, the beautiful knitted garments have gone on sale in Barkers stores.
Family owned yarn spinning mill, Woolyarns, are a yarn engineering facility based just outside of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. After years and years of refining their technique, Woolyarns developed a collection of luxury blends that incorporate the unique qualities of brushtail possum fibre. Stratus – the Perino by Woolyarns blend used in the Barkers x Perino collection, consists of 70% fine merino, 20% brushtail possum and 10% nylon. The fine merino and brushtail possum fibres have a complex water holding interior, that keeps moisture away from the wearers skin, and at the same time is naturally shower repellent on the outside. Possum fibre has the added benefit of trapping air within its core, creating an insulation layer for the wearer. The added nylon helps to add strength to the blend, further lengthening the wear life of garments.
Following from the success of last year’s Barkers x Perino luxury knitwear collection, Barkers have designed four new knitwear pieces along with accessories that include gloves, scarves and beanies. The Charteris and Diamond Perino Crews, Allandale Perino Cardigan and Governors Perino Shawl Collar Sweater, give customers the options to find an item from the collection that suits their own personal style. The Levy and Victor scarves, Harris Perino Gloves, and Stuart Beanie are timeless accessories to mix and match into any outfit. These limited edition knitwear pieces not only feel amazing, they also keep the wearer warm, are less inclined to pill than other fabrics and have natural anti-odor properties, keeping them fresher for longer.
Barkers x Perino Governors Perino ShawlThe Barker x Perino by Woolyarns collaboration will sit alongside their other exciting New Zealand made collaborations. Barkers has worked with Swandri, to add Barker’s distinct style to an iconic NZ brand. They have also worked with Dunedin based McKinlays, utilising their skill and craftsmanship for high quality, artisanal footwear. Family owned apparel company Parisian has been collaborating with Barkers since 2011, adding handcrafted ties, bags and accessories made in Auckland to their beautiful NZ made collections. Barkers’ loyalty to New Zealand businesses and their passion for high quality artisanal pieces that complement their collections shows the ability for New Zealand apparel companies to work together and create magic.