THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us these 10 years ... Customers of course! But also the many people who have worked with us ... Advisors, Fabric Designers, Millers, Testers, Ranchers, Tailors, Consultants, Suppliers ...
Over the last 16 months or so, the world has begun to take notice of WeatherWool, and it has been very gratifying to see our dreams start to be realized. But I'm writing this largely because of the "flip side" ... over this same period, our Fabric production has ground to a halt, although that is ending now.
One of the companies that was an important part of the team that produced our Fabric was purchased by a European investment group in November 2018. The buyers immediately and unexpectedly terminated American operations. This left us unable to produce our Fabric until we could replace what was lost. Finding new people with the ability and expertise to duplicate what was done before, and then integrate the new people with the crew we'd already been working with has simply taken a long time. Equipment had to be recalibrated and the whole line had to be tested. And then after some successful testing, Debby and I decided to switch the timing and method of our dyeing process for better consistency of color. (We always choose to improve whenever we learn about a better way.)
A great deal needs to come together in order for WeatherWool to be produced. We expect to have enough Fabric within the next three months or so to make several hundred garments. Besides the Fabric already in the works, we have already purchased an additional 4400 pounds (2000 kg) of raw wool, and plan to purchase another 20,000 pounds (about 9100 kg) in April.
By September or so (only 7 months away!) we should have our backorders filled and our inventory pretty well re-stocked.
BIGTIME THANKS! --- Ralph
3 February 2020