MADE IN ITALY
Italy has a rich heritage in quality knitting which made it an obvious decision to choose a producer there. All ANDERSEN-ANDERSEN garments are made in a family-owned knitting mill, where the knitters are highly skilled and thorough in their craft. When presented with complicated designs, they work diligently to find a solution whether it concerns shape, binding, loop or wool.
SPINNING AND TWISTING
Before spinning, the wool goes through several steps to determine if quality and standards are met in terms of fibre diameter, fibre length, wool top cleanliness, whiteness, etc. After testing and processing, the spinning begins.
The wool is spun in one string then twisted by two strings. After the spinning process, the yarn is spun on to cones and ready for the dyeing process.
Our traditional colours are dyed in a highly specialised facility which is also located in Northern Italy. They work in close collaboration with our spinning mill, which allows for a synchronised production process. The dyeing facility is also registered under ISO tex 2015 certification.
When we decided to produce in indigo we wanted the best quality available. The process is lengthy and very involved but yields a beautiful colour with depth unlike any other. The indigo colour consists of natural indigo leaves collected from France and India. When using natural colour, the dyeing process takes place before spinning occurs. The dye recipe contains supporting herbs that affix the colour to the wool and ensure high colourfast results. Our dyeing company is the only dye house in the world that holds a Woolmark certificate for their herb dyeing process with wool.
All pieces are made on flat-knitting machines in several different gauges based on the style.
We knit our sailor sweaters on flat-knitting machines in gauges 5, 7 and 12. When the production starts, the wool is run through a machine which re-spins the yarn to stretch it further and eliminate rolling. After re-spinning, the yarn is used to knit our sailor sweaters which are packed in pieces and ready for the linking process.
The knitting mill operates on solar energy, providing electrical power for the entire production. It is very important for ANDERSEN-ANDERSEN to collaborate with a company that can successfully incorporate sustainability into production.
The knitting team Antonella, Dina, Bruna and Lorella
Our garments are linked at a small cooperative in the mountains just north of our knitter. The women who work as knitting linkers there are all part-owners in the business. They have been working together for 30+ years and are highly skilled in the linking process, taking ownership of each and everything they produce. Linking is a process were the separate knitted pieces are knitted together instead of sewn. The technique is delicate and slow, requiring great skill and perfection to successfully connect the pieces. After linking, bar-tacks are added into the seems to provide extra strength to all the assembled pieces.