By M.J. Bale
Introducing M.J. Bale’s new & traceable knits from the Tasmanian Midlands
Following on from the success of our sustainable, single-source Kingston suits, we are proud to introduce a new addition from the Apple Isle: Buchanan knits. Constructed from 100% superfine merino wool sourced exclusively from farms in the Midlands of Tasmania, the lightweight v-neck Buchanan knits are created in six autumnal colours: forest green, hazelnut, burgundy, grey, denim and navy. Much like Kingston farm, a 40-minute drive away, the Midlands of Tasmania are perfect for woolgrowing, given its climate, low rainfall, natural values and native grasslands.
The lion’s share of wool for the Buchanan knits come from a fifth-generation family-owned farm called Ashby. Owned by Will Bennett and his wife, Nina, Ashby is positioned alongside the Macquarie River at Ross, exactly halfway between north and south Tasmania (the 42nd parallel runs directly through the farm). There has been a working farm here since 1835, but the Bennett family took it over in the late 1800s to create a woolgrowing enterprise, and have kept it in the family since. Running thousands of non-mulsed wethers and ewes, the Bennetts aim for consistency in merino fleece weight and fineness, while maintaining the local natural values. “We want the farm to continue on for generations to come,” says Ashby owner, Will Bennett. “We’re here, I suppose, just to look after it. We love growing wool. It’s a natural, sustainable product, and we’re growing it sustainably here on the farm in its natural state. It takes us 12 months to grow that fleece, and we take a lot of pride in growing the best wool we possibly can. To see Ashby wool go into an M.J. Bale product… just to see that piece of clothing, knowing that is something we have produced on our farm… that is the ultimate for us in terms of woolgrowing.”
“The single-source idea is about doing things which have integrity,” says M.J. Bale Founder & CEO, Matt Jensen. “Integrity is a key value for all of us at M.J. Bale. The other one is character. We believe we can deliver on both integrity and character by working at the farm level with great, passionate woolgrowers of Australia to produce something that is unique in a global sense. We love working with Tasmanian wool for the pristine environment in which its grown. The Bennett family are fantastic custodians of the land, not to mention exceptional woolgrowers, and we value our relationship highly.”
"To see Ashby wool go into an M.J. Bale product… just to see that piece of clothing, knowing that is something we have produced on our farm… that is the ultimate for us in terms of woolgrowing.”
— Will Bennett, Ashby farm