John Smedley's extra-fine New Zealand Merino wool is specially bred by selected wool growers on the alpine pastures of the South Island. It's a soft, sumptuous yarn that's naturally warm, comfortable and easy to maintain. In 1995 we began a unique sourcing programme with a specially selected number of wool growers in New Zealand which we still maintain today. It means we can trace our knitwear and control its provenance.
John Smedley has built its reputation for quality by combining traditional craftsmanship with the latest technology. It was the second John Smedley who set this vision for the company which has been passed down through the generations. In 1877 we were one of the first knitwear manufacturers to install the new 'Cotton's Patent' knitting machines. Today we continue to break down barriers, both through our pursuit of quality and the technology we use to create luxurious knitwear.
At John Smedley we're known for high quality knitwear and a rich 229-year heritage. We're a luxury brand with roots in the Derbyshire countryside and garments regularly featured in some of the world's most prestigious fashion magazines.Though our past helps make us who we are, it's our design and innovation that keeps us at the forefront of contemporary fashion. With our each newly released collection we push the boundaries of knitwear design. Our world class designs are brought to life through the finest raw materials used in our knitting processes.