A friend and I were gifted a jumper while working on a hill farm in New Zealand six years ago. 

Black clouds roll through those hills as fast as you can ride on a motorbike. Then the sun comes out of nowhere. The island weather is every bit as confused as our British isles.

Wool, with its thermoregulatory properties, is perfect. There's also a lot of it out there, with 4.9 sheep per person. The long-strand fibres and relatively coarse medium-strand wool these jumpers are made from make for uncommonly durable jumpers. Ideal outdoor wear. They aren't too scratchy either - Romney Marsh sheep are to thank for that.

I was given a wool jumper with a couple of holes in. It belonged to an old farmer who had passed away, and his daughters were gifting his old clothes. They told me they wanted somebody to have them. 

It was odd at first, but as soon as I put it on I realised how used to low-quality clothing I had become.

Five years later, long after the trip, I was still wearing it most days. The crew neck and simple design got a lot of compliments. Years later, my girlfriend noted that I lived in the thing, and should buy another.

The jumper was both relaxed enough for daily life and smart enough (when paired with a shirt) for more formal occasions.

This meant it could effectively never be taken off for years on end. 

A minimal wardrobe is a bit of a life hack, and I enjoyed it for several years, until one fateful day the jumper was accidentally included in a hot wash. It became my girlfriends from them on.

I tried to find the company to buy another, but I assumed it was from an old outlet that didn't exist anymore. Anyway, surely this would cost way over £100, plus huge shipping costs? I paid over the odds to get hold of another, but now, several years later, there has been a trade deal between UK-NZ post-brexit, and I can import a small number for fishmag readers (or anyone that's interested).

Thanks for reading,

Reuben, Editor of FISHMAG & now importer of premium wool workwear

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