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Suitings: Merino wool versus tazmanian wool

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Can someone tell me the pros/cons of each? Thanks,
 

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I thought tasmanian wool is merino wool?
 

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Tasmanian wool is Merino wool. Most Merino wool comes from Australia but Tasmanian Island raised Merino sheep produce a higher quality of wool due to the environment.

I would say the pros and cons are more about the weave of the fabric than the fleece.
 

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Merino is a breed of sheep. Tasmania is an island south of Australia. All the best wool is grown in Australia, from Merino sheep. I have never heard that Tasmanian sheep are particularly special, or that Tasmanian soil (or whatever) is exceptionally good for sheep, but who knows.
 

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Originally Posted by Will
Merino is simply the best that there is. It comes from the descendents of a handful of sheep that made the trip from Spain to Australia.

Actually, they went from Spain to England to South Africa to Australia.
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
Merino is a breed of sheep. Tasmania is an island south of Australia. All the best wool is grown in Australia, from Merino sheep. I have never heard that Tasmanian sheep are particularly special, or that Tasmanian soil (or whatever) is exceptionally good for sheep, but who knows.

I know because I am from Tasmania, which is a state of Australia. The Merino sheep there, descendents from a handful from Spain, produce the finest wool in the world.
These particular sheep do not exit on the Australian mainland, although New Zealand also produces excellent wool used in Italian manufacturing.
For at least 40 years Zegna has presented a trophy to the grower with the finest fleece at the main agricultural show in Tasmania.
Also, some years ago Esquire sent a feature writer to Tasmania to trace the finest fleece and its journey from there all the way to how it ended up as a high end suit in an Italian shop (a Brioni or something I think).
 

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I wonder, then, why it's not marketed as such. You'd think there'd be money to be made.
 

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I agree it should be marketed a lot better. You see Tasmanian superfine wool in the labels of many suits but I'm sure most people have no idea what this means. The Tasmanian breeders and the Italian mills should get together perhaps but I can't see that happening.
 

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its all different branding of what is essentially the same thing...
 

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Originally Posted by FidelCashflow
its all different branding of what is essentially the same thing...

That's about as intelligent as saying a Borrelli is the same as a Jos Bank because they're essentially all suits.
 

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Originally Posted by spectre
That's about as intelligent as saying a Borrelli is the same as a Jos Bank because they're essentially all suits.

NO it is not - a simple and accurate statement of fact.
 

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Originally Posted by GBR
NO it is not - a simple and accurate statement of fact.


Why? What on earth do you know about superfine Tasmanian Merino wool compared to other breeds?
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
Actually, they went from Spain to England to South Africa to Australia.

They went to Spain from North Africa and probably came with the Berber Moors.
 

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its cold in tasmania, so the sheep may need warmer softer wool? oh and tasmania (although an island) is part of australia.
 

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