Below you can read more about some of our most commonly used fibres.
Cotton is the world’s most popular natural fiber. It is soft, light and durable after wash and use. Cotton is moisture absorbent which make the cotton clothing especially comfortable next to skin. A variety of knitting and weaving methods can be applied giving us everything from very light, delicate underwear to heavy knitted garments.
In addition to conventional cotton, we also offer certified organic cotton. Varner partner with the Better Cotton Initiative to improve cotton farming globally. Read more under environment.
Wool is a natural fiber with unique properties. The fiber is light and warm and the only fiber that still keeps you warm even when wet. It is versatile and suitable for all product categories from underwear to formal suits and coats. Merino wool is especially known for its softness and fine fibers, and it is a good choice for next to skin products. We do not use wool from mulesed sheep. Read more about animal welfare here.
In our collections, you can find great products made of recycled fibers! Re-use resources and reduce waste are both important environmental contributions.
Recycled wool: Recycling wool is an old tradition in Europe. The recycled fibers come from clothing, waste from the production and other wool textiles. The textiles will be split into fibers and re- spun into new yarn before woven/knitted into a new fabric. In order to keep the fabric’s original strength you will often mix the recycled wool with cotton or synthetic fibers. By doing this we can ensure yet another long life for the product! We use recycled wool in outerwear and mid-layer products.
Recycled polyester: Recycled polyester is made of PET- bottles and waste from the garment production. Since polyester comes from the non-renewable source, oil, recycling is a great measure in order to minimize the use of resources and reduce waste.
We can make everything from gorgeous fabrics for dresses, to fleece jackets and sportswear from recycled polyester. The polyester fiber is durable and has a unique ability to retain the colorfastness even after many washes. It is also very durable against sunlight. All the recycled polyester yarn we use is certified.
Down has a totally superior ability to isolate. No other fiber can isolate as well as down while weighing as little. A quite special isolation-to-weight relationship, and no other fiber will at the same time regulate the temperature as well as down! Therefore, on a cold winter’s day only goose down will do the job.
We carefully select our down suppliers and do not allow live-plucking. Read more about how we work with down under animal welfare.
Leather is a very durable, dimensionally stable and «breathable» material. It is very suitable to be used in products such as belts and shoes. A lot of the leather that we use is vegetable-tanned with use of vegetable tanning agents from plant sources. The production waste is easier to handle, since - in contrast to traditional tanning - it’s free of chromium.
Read more of how we work with leather under animal welfare.
Viscose is a very versatile fiber made from cellulose often from wood pulp. It has the same comfort properties as natural fibers and are easily dyed in a wide range of colors. It is comfortable and soft to the skin. In addition, it is breathable and does not insulate body heat, making it ideal for use in clothing worn in hot and humid climates. Viscose is more moisture absorbent than cotton, which generates no buildup of static electricity.
Other types of viscose family:
- Modal: is a developed form of viscose. It’s made the same way, but has more elasticity, and less ability to crinkle. It is also stronger than regular viscose when wet.
- Bamboo viscose: viscose where the cellulose comes from fast growing bamboo trees.
A more sustainable choice to traditional viscose is:
- Lyocell: Lyocell is made from the fiber of certain trees that grow quickly and require little water and few pesticides to thrive. Compared to traditional viscose production, the production of Lyocell fiber uses little water, has lower CO2 emissions and since it is processed in a closed loop system where the solvent is recycled, it uses less chemicals than the regular viscose process.
- TENCEL®: is the lyocell fiber from the house of Lenzing made of cellulose from FSC certified woods. Textiles of TENCEL® are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen. Fiber production itself is extremely ecofriendly, due to the closed loop system where the solvent used is recycled by almost 100%.