Production

Every Andersen-Andersen garment is knitted and linked at a hand-picked knitting mill in northern Italy using wool exclusively sourced from Patagonia and Uruguay. Every stage of production is as gentle on the planet as we can make it. It’s laborious – but it’s a labour of love.

Our signature yarn

Our signature yarn launched in 2011 is made from mulesing-free, 100% pure new wool sourced in Patagonia and Uruguay. The wool fibres are carefully cleansed, then worsted to remove broken and short fibres. We then give the yarn an extra spin to create a denser, more durable yarn that is far less likely to pill.

The yarn is then dyed at a highly specialised dye facility in northern Italy, which is part of our spinning mill. We use reactive dye that meets the highest European environmental standards.

Natural indigo dye

Our indigo yarn, launched in 2013 is fibre-dyed using natural indigo leaves harvested in France and India. The leaves are combined with supporting herbs to affix the indigo colour to the wool. After dyeing, the fibres are worsted and spun on to cones ready for knitting. We’ve partnered with the only dye house in the world that has a Woolmark certificate for their herb-dyeing process.

Natural, undyed wool

Launched in 2016 in collaboration with our spinning mill, we have carefully selected the best wool from brown sheep to achieve an authentic and rich moretta colour. The sheep for our special wool are sheared, then the wool is cleansed, worsted and spun.

Organic cotton

Our organic cotton garments launched in Spring 2017. The cotton is farmed in Turkey in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The yarn is spun and dyed at our spinning mill in northern Italy in the same method as our wool production. The cotton fibre we've selected with additional spinning give our garments a crisper, dry feel on the skin.

Our knitting mill

We produce our garments at a mill in the Veneto region of northern Italy that employs only the most highly skilled knitters. Everything is knitted on flat knitting machines in gauges 5, 7, or 12 depending on the style. We knit as compactly as possible to ensure maximum durability. Every part of every garment is fully fashioned, which means they are knitted in shape. This keeps waste to a minimum and increases the garments’ longevity as there are no raw edges to unravel. Production at the mill is powered almost entirely by solar energy.

Linking our garments

Linking is a process in which each garment is knitted together on specialised linking machines. To ensure the perfect match, the linker creates each layer loop by loop on the machine. It’s a painstaking, highly skilled process but it ensures the seams of every garment are both more flexible and durable. And it’s why the seams of every Andersen-Andersen garment are guaranteed to last a lifetime. After linking, bar-tack stitches are attached to further strengthen and reinforce.

Uncompromising quality control

While we have quality control measures throughout production, the final stage is a close inspection of the garment over a purpose-built lamp. This helps reveal any inconsistencies and ensures that every piece that reaches the market is perfect. The inner labels are then attached and the garment is steamed and inspected one last time. Finally, the hang-tags are attached, and the garment is packed ahead of its onward journey out into the world.

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