Deadstock is just a fancy name for unused fabric. Due to the inevitable defects in mass production, it's common for mills to over-produce and supply more than ordered by any brand. Sometimes only a few metres are unused, but occasionally hundreds or even thousands of metres are forgotten in the back of a warehouse somewhere. Sadly most ends up being thrown into landfill and the craziest thing is that there's nothing wrong with it! Which is why we rescue this fabric where we can and turn it into gorgeous super limited edition Tees :) The easiest way to see our current range of deadstock is instore or you can request a swatch book to be sent.
Dry Flat in Shade
The great majority of our fabric can be tumble dried, the exception is merino wool which is more delicate and needs extra love. When we say "dry flat in the shade", simply lay the wet Tee on a dry towel on a table out of the sun. Thanks to the natural awesomeness of super-fine merino it'll dry within a few hours on the top side and then simply flip it over to dry the other side. And this also makes it the perfect fabric for travellers because it's so easy to hand-wash.
PS: Definitely do not put merino on a hangar ever or it'll stretch! Pro tip - you should never really keep anything knitted on a hangar ;)
"Mulesing" is the cruel practice of cutting strips of wool-bearing skin from around the buttocks of sheep to prevent flystrike. Now flystrike ain't pretty but most mulesing is done without pain relief which, as you can imagine, causes immense suffering for the poor animals. Here at Citizen Wolf we only use wool from un-mulesed sheep.
Until 3D printing properly comes to textiles, making clothes creates waste. It's estimated that up to 20% of fabric consumption globally is waste on the cutting room floor, and it almost always ends up in landfill. That's not good enough. Here at Citizen Wolf we run two programmes to ensure we're not contributing to the problem. We began by working with the local fabric artist Tara Glastonbury who takes our scraps and upcycles them into unique necklaces. But we produce far more scrap than poor Tara can deal with, so we've recently started a second programme with Seljak Brand to convert our scrap into incredibly beautiful recycled blankets! One man's trash truly is another man's treasure :) Both products are available in our Darlinghurst store and coming soon to online.