Except for FullWeight Black, Batch 5 Fabric is now being made into garments.
Quite a few FullWeight Lynx Pattern garments have already been sent to customers. BIG THANKS if you've been waiting!
Batch 5 is the first Batch of our Fabric to have Fabric Number Batch Tags sewn into each of the garments made from this Fabric.
Latest Info as of 14 April 2021 (--- Ralph):
COVID-19 has made things really crazy with Batch 5.
The Factory8 tailors continue to work on Batch 5 FullWeight Lynx garments, and have begun working on FullWeight Duff and Drab (both Mid- and FullWeight) by April 16th. Sorry for all these delays and THANKS AGAIN for your patience.
About half of the FullWeight Lynx Pattern Batch 5 Fabric has been sewn into All-Around Jackets, Double Hoods and Anoraks by The Factory8, those completed garments have shipped, and more are being made now.
The last component of Batch 5 is FullWeight Black Fabric. American Woolen spun some Black Yarn for us, enough to make about 100 garments, but Debby felt the color was not dark enough. So this Yarn is about to be re-dyed ...
For technical reasons, some of the Batch 5 garments will bear a 56 tag.
The greasy was purchased in April, 2018 and October, 2018 (the Padula clip):
- M&J Corn Ranch: 5573 pounds / 2527 kg (57%)
- McMurry (Genopalette) Ranch: 3199 pounds /1451 kg (32%)
- PM (Bob Padula) Ranch: 1063 pounds / 482 kg (11%)
It is an absolutely crazy-long time for us to still be working on greasy purchased in 2018 ... and we do have a separate page on the Production Backstory ...
Batch 5 greasy was scoured (cleaned) at Bollman Industries in Texas. Batch 5 weighed 9835 pounds (4460 kg) "dirty" and weighed 5757 pounds (2611 kg) after scouring, for a yield of 58%. This means that 42% of the weight of the fleece was wool grease (lanolin), dirt, twigs, vegetable matter and other debris. This is actually a very high yield.
Batch 5 will include FullWeight Fabrics (Drab, Duff and Lynx Pattern) and MidWeight Drab Fabric. Batch 5 will not include MidWeight Lynx Fabric, and will eventually include FullWeight Black as mentioned above.
From Bollman Industries, Batch 5 was shipped to American Woolen Company in Connecticut in May of 2019. In January of 2019, Debby and I visited AWC and were very favorably impressed with the people and with their experience. AWC is a very old company, and for many years had been operated by Loro Piana, the 200-year old Italian family company renowned for luxury textiles. We loved the idea that Loro Piana's luxury could be matched with our hardcore performance. And indeed, AWC, working with Pennsylvania's great Material Technology and Logistics (MTL) for the weaving, produced a small amount of marvelous Fabric in November 2019. AWC also made us very happy by bringing in Rob Stuart, who has been our Fabric Engineer since before we had fabric.
In November of 2019, we sent to AWC a purchase order requesting they turn the rest of the Batch 5 fiber into finished Fabric.
AWC was working on our PO when the virus pretty well shut things down, and it has been very difficult ever since. But ... it looks like that is history.