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Field Notes - The Waverley Mill

27 March 2018

Since 1874 The Waverley Mill in Tasmania has been producing high-quality woollen products for over 140 years. So we thought it was about bloody time we got our butts down there to show you guys how we are working together to create our new winter season 100% Merino Wool products. 

The Waverley Mill is the last remaining 100% Australian wool factory in the country. The men and women that work there are truly spectacular at their craft. They were all a bunch of absolute characters, as we filmed and photographed them, some were shy but others couldn't get enough. We were touched that they were so warm and welcoming, sharing their techniques and quirky anecdotes into life in the Mill. Each story was different but the same passion streamed through, a desire for creating quality products people will love and treasure for years to come. 

Supporting the little guy has always been a focus for us. Not only are we able to create relationships with beautiful Australian brands and craftsmen, but we can also ensure that the gear you guys are buying from Pony Rider, is of the highest quality.

The Mill's focus on ethical manufacturing aligns with our philosophy. They only use natural fibres which are biodegradable, recyclable and a natural resource. They also use local wool, sourced from farms in Tasmania, supporting the local economy and community. 

Our Director, CEO and Head Designer Kelly Searl was the lucky one who travelled down to Tassie to shoot. She shares a few thoughts on this blanket and what it means to her... 

"Wool as a material is 100% biodegradable so much so that when you bury it in the soil it starts decomposing almost immediately. We only make a limited amount of these blankets each year. They are a bit of a collector's item. I love them, so I hope you enjoy sleeping under these."


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