Fashion Revolution Week donation to our local community November 15, 2018 16:06
In late April we took part in Fashion Revolution Week, a truly powerful movement that was established following the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. In honour of this week for every Woolerina garment purchased we chose to donate a Woolerina garment to a person in need in our local community. We were overwhelmed by the response we received and it was very remiss of us to have not thanked you all for your support earlier so, a huge THANK YOU!!
Warwick, Penny & Pippa spent some time with the staff in the CatholicCare office (pictured above) hearing of the impact the donation will have on our local community.
With your support, we were able to donate 190 Woolerina tops to CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes Homeless Service (previously known as Centrecare Wilcannia-Forbes). CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes Homeless Service is a team of seven very kind support workers and their team leader Andrew Bament. These people support a rather large geographical area (more than 30,000 square kilometres!) including the Parkes, Forbes, Cowra, Lachlan and Weddin shires. We were pleased to be able to support people in our own local community who are experiencing hard times - we were really quite blown away with some of the stories of what is happening in our region.
Many of the tops were given to women who had escaped domestic or family violence; some tops were also kept to be included in Christmas hampers/presents/packages.
A handful of facts that I thought were worth sharing:
- CatholicCare Wilcannia Forbes has assisted over 526 cases so far this year.
- 145 people identified that domestic and family violence was the MAIN reason they were experiencing homelessness.
- Many who present have experienced homelessness previously, on average 2-3 times.
- With only have 5 rooms at the local Forbes women's refuge, you can see the size of the gap for the need in assistance.
We feel very pleased that we were able to take part in Fashion Revolution Week again this year and to honour our belief that all people should have access to fairly made, long-lasting clothes through this campaign.
Thank you for your support during Fashion Revolution to provide warmth to those in need in our local community.
Mothers Day 2018 Gift Edit May 04, 2018 10:16
These are a few of my favourite Woolerina pieces - they combine style with comfort - just what every Mum needs, no matter what her age! I wear all three of these pieces and so does my Mum! The singlet really is "ageless" - my 90 year old grandmother "Super" also wears one!
Happy Pants! These pants are so comfortable your mum will feel amazing when she wears them - they are perfect for wearing at home, into town or whilst travelling.
Our 1/4 Zip Pullover is perfect for early morning walks or throwing on with a pair of jeans.
A singlet is the perfect gift for everyone! They make for the perfect base layer and we pretty much guarantee that you won't want to be without one after you've tried it - that's a serious investment in your Mum's happiness (or yours for that matter!).
Sending all my best wishes to my fellow mother's for day of rest and of being cared for - either by your family or by yourself - be kind to yourself, you deserve it!
AW18 Collection - Australian Merino clothing made with love, to be loved. March 08, 2018 10:06
The change in season is ever-so-slightly upon us and we are so excited to present to you our AW18 Collection.
For this collection we were (of course!) inspired by our soft Merino wool fabrics - fabrics which will keep you comfortable and warm as the seasons change; fabrics which are perfect for whatever activity you are headed for; fabrics which take you back to nature. The new designs in this collection reflect the soft, classic lines for which we are famous and are styles which we feel are timeless so that you can add them to your wardrobe and know that they will be your favourite pieces for many years to come.
Enjoy a peek at some of the loveliness.
The Woolerina team. xx
View more gorgeous pieces for your family in our Lookbook.
2016 Autumn | Winter Collection in store now! March 23, 2016 14:40
After a long, hot Summer at Woolerina HQ the arrival of some cooler weather makes us very excited to show-off our 2016 Autumn | Winter collection, our eleventh to date. Featuring some beautiful new colours, exciting new fabric weights and knit constructions and of course, new styles/designs across the complete range.
The soft Australian Merino wool in this collections continues to come from Glenwood Merinos at Wellington in NSW and is raised on nothing but fresh air, grass and water. The sheep and Glenwood farm are managed using sustainable and ethical farming practices.
We are so proud to continue to bring you Australian made, ethically produced clothing, for your family from ours.
Storing your Woollens for the Summer October 27, 2015 15:57 3 Comments
As the warmer weather has hit, most of us are popping our woollens away for the Summer - unless you are heading on a holiday somewhere snowy and exotic!
Many of us know (and probably because we've learnt the hard way) that little vermin like to feast on our favourite woolly clothes...and they aren't silly, your favourite pieces are often the tastiest! We have popped together a little guide to storing and caring for your Woolerina gear before you pack it to the back of the wardrobe.
Before storing wool, it should always be washed first - all Woolerina clothing is machine washable on a gentle cycle at, or below, 40'C using a wool approved detergent. We recommend our all-natural wool wash, it has a beautiful Eucalypt smell which helps to keep any nasty critters at bay.
Do not tumble dry your Woolerina garments, simply lay them flat across a clothes horse over a towel.
Use a steam iron on the wool setting (medium heat), lay the garment flat and lay a damp cotton cloth over the gament - this is important as an iron which is too hot will lead to discolouration or worst case, may leave a scorch mark.
Knitted garments should be stored flat in a folded manner, rather than on a hanger (hanging can lead to the garment stretching out of shape and the formation of bumps on the shoulders, where the hanger sits). Your woollen garments should ALWAYS be stored with a moth deterrent! We recommend natural products such as fresh bay leaves or whole black peppercorns (yes, the ones from the supermarket!). A few fresh bay leaves or mesh bag of peppercorns should be layered between your garments. Patchouli is another great deterrent - you can impregnate some oil on a cloth or cedar ball and then place this amongst your clothes. These products are completely safe to you and your garments. Should you wish to use naphthalene, always place the flakes or 'tablets' in the top of the storage area as the chemical gas they emit is heavier than air. If moths are a particular problem in your area, you can also pop your woollies into a zip-lock bag and pop them in the freezer!
I hope these four tips help to avoid any of the little critters destroying your favourite wool garments so they will be ready for next Winter.
A change is in the air... August 12, 2015 16:51
It's only slight, and it's intangible, but we've had a little hint that the change of seasons may just be upon us.
It started with this - beautiful wattle blooms before July had even finished! There's something about wattle and it's beautiful bright yellow colour...you can't help but smile when you see it.
Last weekend the sun shone for the first time in a week and a breeze blew that just 'smelt' of warmer days.
And the days seem a little longer - no more getting up in the pitch black or coming home from work in the dark. Yippee!
Although mostly it still feels very much like Winter, these little hints of Spring seem so promising and with the added excitement of our very first (although tiny) Spring collection, we say 'bring it on'!
Let us know what makes you excited for the change in season...or are you hanging onto these cool days?!
5 things I'm loving about Winter July 12, 2015 15:55
1. A Roaring Fire - inside, outside, open, or slow combustion, it doesn't really matter what form it comes in, they're warm and comforting and soothing for the soul!
2. Porridge - the most deliciously warm and nourishing start to my day. Sometimes it's as simple as with milk and a tiny sprinkling of brown sugar, other times it's infused with cinnamon and served with poached rhubarb and nuts. Either way, it's sure a morning highlight.
3. A Woolerina Singlet - in my opinion, this is the key to surviving cold winters! I wear it to bed, on my morning walk and then all day. I literally don't take it off...getting it washed is a challenge, so I'm very glad Merino wool doesn't absorb odours and can literally be worn for weeks on end without a wash! My love for a good singlet dates back to some of my earliest memories, Mum & Dad were always making sure we had one on as a base layer.
Woolerina Womens Singlet $69.00
4. Indulging a Scarf Fetish - I have many scarves in my wardrobe, Winter means I can wear one every day but also splurge and add a few more to my collection!
5. Hot Coffee - I love a good coffee, especially a cappuccino - that sprinkling of chocolate is a real treat!
What are you loving this Winter?
We're opening our doors! Shop in-store. June 24, 2015 10:34
With Winter in full-swing here at Forbes, we are excited to be opening the doors at our HQ for 5 days next week. We will be converting our office into a full retail space showcasing our complete range.
If you've ever wondered where we are or where you can check out the clothing you see on our website, next week is the time to visit us! There will also be some great discounts on discontinued lines.
Come alone, bring your friends, or tell someone who might be in the area...we'd love to see you and/or them! All purchases made in-store over the week will go in the draw to win a $50 Woolerina Gift Voucher.
You'll find Woolerina HQ at 70 Torig Road Forbes (off the Escort Way, just 5km from the centre of town).
We will be open from Tues. 30th June - Sat. 4th July (T-F. 10am - 5pm, S. 9am-12 noon).
Styling Me, Styling You June 03, 2015 16:09
Nikki over at Styling You has given us a bit of loving this week - and we're pretty thrilled with how wonderful our winter pieces look on her.
Nikki is rocking the cobalt blue cardi - and she lives in Queensland no less! (We're still in shock that our friends north of the border are also experiencing this recent dose of cold weather - we just thought they wore shorts all year round!)
Nikki has some great (not to mention honest) followers on her blog and social media outlets and it's agreed that the colour is a hit with Nikki. Teamed with a simple black top, matching scarf and our very own Woolerina happy pants and it's an outfit that's sure to be one of those 'I just threw this together in 5 minutes, but it looks like it took ages' outfits.
Shop the look:
Women's cardigan $129
Women's happy pants $159
Women's long sleeve scoop (similar to Nikki's) $95
Nikki's blog has a little bit of everything - fashion advice, first and foremost - but also where to eat, shop and even read like a real girl! Her comments sections at the bottom of each post also offer great insights from her readers - there's a real sense of community. Sometimes that's where the true pearls of wisdom are found!
Have a wonderful (chilly week!)