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Zegna Baruffa Teams With Woolmark for Pro-Merino Campaign

Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia, a specialist in the production of fine yarns for knitwear, is highlighting the sustainability and quality of Merino wool in a new marketing campaign supported by The Woolmark Company that targets consumers, as well as the textile trade.

A spinner for more than 160 years, Italian company Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia each year buys approximately 10 million kilograms of raw Australian Merino wool for its yarns. To support its efforts to promote Merino wool as a sustainable and quality fiber, and drive sales, Australian Wool Innovation’s marketing arm, The Woolmark Company, has joined forces with the Biella-based company to create and launch a marketing campaign titled “Merino Wool – Made by Nature.”

Launched at the Pitti Immagine Filati trade show in Florence in June, the video is also being promoted on a special landing page on the Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia website, as well as through the company’s social media channels. At the heart of the campaign is a video that highlights the journey of Merino wool, from farm to fashion. It begins by showcasing the natural origin of Merino wool fiber on an Australian wool-growing property, Glenrannoch, in Victoria under the care of woolgrower Alistair Lade.

The video then travels to the historic Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia factory that spins the wool into yarn and features plant manager Nicola Mattassoglio. Lastly, U.S.-born and Milan-based designer Edward Buchanan tells why he chooses Merino wool yarns to make his knit garments.

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According to the Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia website, “Merino wool – Made by Nature is based on an extraordinarily eco-sustainable fiber: 100 percent natural, renewable and biodegradable, guaranteeing garments maximum breathability, softness and elasticity.”

In addition to targeting the textile trade, the campaign will ultimately educate the final consumer about the benefits of wool through a bespoke interactive garment labels for brands that use the yarns. The labels include a QR code that links to the campaign webpage and video, revealing insights into the eco-benefits of the fiber and wool’s supply chain journey, for the brands’ consumers to view.

An additional educational video has also been produced for staff of Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia who speak to clients, to ensure that the staff are well informed about the qualities and eco-benefits of Merino wool.