Where Ravir stands on the use of synthetics

Suddenly it's all over the news, and more people are starting to understand why synthetic clothing is bad for the planet. But as with any new information there's a tendency to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Cotton is one of the most popular natural fibres

Cotton is one of the most popular natural fibres

At Ravir, we've been following a policy of natural fibres - wherever possible - for the past 10 years. In that time, we've learned a lot - and it's been a frustrating and expensive exercise.

For example, you'd think that organic cotton tees would be a winner. But if they're not well-designed, or if the colours are boring, or they're too expensive, they just don't sell. The same goes for any garment made from natural fibres. No one is going to pay extra simply because it's cotton, linen or hemp. But if it's any of the natural fibres, and the colours work, and the styling is well-done, of course they sell.

Unfortunately, more than a few of the labels offering natural fibres are inexperienced. Their hearts are in the right place, but they lack the knowledge of those in the industry with more experience in design - including fit and sizing - and colour.  The styles often appeal to a more alternative culture rather than mainstream, which is fine, but it leaves a real gap in the market.

That will all change, now that there's been a quantum leap in our understanding. But there will be some interesting debates on whether all clothing can or should be totally natural, given our penchant for a little give in our garments, particularly pants (thanks to elastane and lycra) and clothing that maintains its shape (thanks to a little nylon or poly).

In short, although synthetics are a very poor choice, is that the whole story? Or is there room for a little stretch. Watch out for our next blog to find out more about the clothing industry and plastics.


Toorallie Wool Denim

Wool denim for warmth this winter

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This winter, iconic Australian knitwear designer/manufacturer Toorallie has extended it's popular wool/denim range of pants for both men and women. 

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For men, the traditional five-pocket jean is available in a range of colours, including black, graphite and ink. There is also a lighter weight chino for men available this winter. Both have a 20% wool component, making these garments significantly warmer than traditional denim.

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For women there are three styles in wool/denim this winter. The five-pocket jean is available at Ravir in graphite, ink and black, and the much-loved pull-on is available in some exciting new colours including khaki and silver. The third style is a slim-leg five-pocket pant.

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The Toorallie pants are selling fast and last year we couldn’t get enough, and certain colours and sizes ran out, so don’t leave it too late to grab your favourite style and colour.

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Ravir also stocks a range of Toorallie knitwear for men and women in fine merino.

Reversible Skirts

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Ravir's favourite skirt for the past few summers has been the reversible wrap skirt.

The reversible skirt is a perfect garment for summer due to it's bright and colourful fabrics and as it is made from 100% cotton, it is breathable and light to wear. The best thing about it though, is that if you flip it to the reverse side, you get two skirts in one!

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Every design has two very wearable and interesting fabric patterns and each year there has been more and more beautiful fabrics. 

This skirt has a curved panel design in the back so it is flattering from behind. It is also A-lined shaped at the front and is fitted to perfection. 

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It is so easy to get dressed in this skirt, as it has four buttons at the front that easily clip open and closed - so you don't have to bend over or even take off your shoes to put it on! 

We love to pair this skirt with a shorter top as wearing a longer top would cut off the skirt and take away from the beautiful design and fabric. 

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Our customers come back every summer looking for these brilliant garments - even though they already have a couple from previous years!

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Why Men Love Ravir's Clothing

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When men come into Ravir Boutique, they often comment on the size of the menswear section.

“This is it!?” they say with a grin.

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But while it’s small compared to the women’s range, there are some gems which bring men back year after year.

In summer it’s the hemp/cotton and bamboo/cotton shirts, as well as the hemp shorts and pants. In winter it’s the merino denim pants and the wonderful range of possum/merino knitwear that brings them back. And this year Toorallie’s fine merino tees and short-sleeve polos are taking off.

Ravir has stocked the Braintree range of hemp clothing for many years, and there are men who love the choice of natural fibres produced by this company each season.

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A common complaint from the men – as well as many of our women customers -  is that they can’t find anything similar in mainstream shops. There’s far too much synthetic clothing around and men seem to appreciate their small corner of Ravir because of the natural fibres we provide.

Ravir’s summer delivery from Braintree Clothing will be in store by late October.

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