We're a knitwear company born from the idea of making the world's best sailor sweater, which is why our garments are designed in Denmark and made by the best knitters in Italy. 

We operate with complete transparency - from the sourcing of raw materials to the manufacturing of our products.

Our signature yarn

Our signature yarn is made from ​mulesing-free​, 100% merino 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.

The 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. Our garments are linked by a cooperative of five women who have worked together since 1980 and link our garments year-round. Their workshop is situated in the Dolomite Mountains, approximately 20 minutes north of our knitting mill.

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.

Natural-coloured wool

In collaboration with our spinning mill, we have carefully selected the best natural-coloured 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. The yarn is spun especially for our company using the same specifications as both of our signature yarns.

Natural indigo dye

Our indigo yarn 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.

Organic cotton

Our organic cotton yarn is produced in accordance with organic farming standards, recognised by the Global Organic Textile Standard GOTS. The cotton is sourced and spun in Turkey, then twisted into our signature yarn in Northern Italy. This specific organic cotton has longer fibres and is hard spun, which makes our finished garments extra durable and adds a unique, dry hand feel.

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