Fuhrmann is based in the heart of Patagonia where wonderful wool is grown by thousands of dedicated Argentinian wool growers and their sheep. Because we are here at the source we have built up direct relationships with wool growers across Patagonia from whom we purchase the wool. If you wanted to, we could tell you the name of our wool growers who made sure you get your high-quality wool.
The conventional wool supply chain
In a conventional wool supply chain, wool will change hands and ownership many times. The wool grower hands the wool to the broker who gets the wool ready for sale. Once the wool gets sold to the merchant he will export the wool from a grower country to a wool processing country in Europe, India, China, Malaysia or other destinations. At this point, the wool is either washed and combed on behalf of the merchant or sold directly to the scourer and top maker. Once the wool has reached its pre-spinning stage in form of wool top, it is then sold to the spinner who creates yarn to sell it on to the weaver or knitter to make fabrics. These fabrics are then sold on to manufacturing companies including brands and retailers to create products out of the wool materials. So you see, during this journey, wool will typically change ownership quite often which makes it harder to track.