Finisterre Bowmont jumper
The idea of producing a wool that’s as good as any Merino, but sourced from a UK sheep flock is at best ambitious. It’s well known that the sheep from which Merino is produced don’t like our cold climate and our indigenous species have a somewhat coarser fleece due to this. So is UK Merino nothing more than a pipe dream?
Well it would seem not. It’s this very idea that Finisrerre have put at the heart of their recent fabric development, and it’s one that initially led the brand to Lesley Prior and his small flock of Bowmont sheep, when there was a mere 28 of them left worldwide.
The Bowmont breed was developed by the Macauley Institute in Scotland as our answer to Merino and as such, the Bowmont is the only UK breed that can produce wool in the super and ultra fine Merino classes. Unfortunately after EU funding ran out in the 1990’s the project was stopped and the breed’s numbers dwindled.
Now thanks to Finisterre, the breed is making a comeback and with it, is producing a new wool industry. The fruits of this can be seen in the brand’s new Bowmont jumper, a traditional Fisherman’s ribbed jumper with crew neck and set-in sleeves. It’s available in three colours (navy blue, red and natural) and if you fancy one, you can find it on the brand’s website here: Finisterre.