Iconic, durable clothes for men who work and play hard
When people think about iconic Kiwi clothing, there are several items that invariably spring to mind. One of these is the shearer’s singlet from MKM Originals. Still made from coarse sheep’s wool, it’s been the favourite in sheds all over the country for many a long year. And its cousin, the work singlet, is made for weekend warriors as well (100% merino fine wool instead of cross-breed wool). Both of these garments are made with a longer length, to protect your lower back from the cold. Team up with some tough Norsewear merino work socks, which go well in gumboots or steelcaps, throw on the original wool zip and collar jersey, and you’ll be ready for a bit of hard yakka in any conditions.
Then you’ve got your Swanndri gear. We stock their classic tartan bush shirts, and ranger shirts. For warmth, protection, and all-round durability, we’re calling out Swanndri’s Mosgiel bush shirt from the pack for special mention (pictured). Check out what this garment offers:
- 100 per cent wool, inside and out;
- full two-way zip to control how much air can get in;
- oversized fit to accommodate up to three layers beneath;
- and a detachable drawstring hood.
What about when the rain is horizontal and you need to stop yourself getting drenched, whether in town or country? Well, there’s another Kiwi clothing legend on offer to solve this problem: the oilskin jacket. The long-sleeved version from Norsewear is a cracking item. Everything about it is designed to keep the wet and cold out, and you warm and dry within.
Stylish clothes made from quality fibres
Moving on to more fashionable items for the man about town or country, the versatility and look of natural fibres comes to the fore in the Nativeworld range, including the vee-neck vest in a timeless Argyle pattern, made from a luxurious mix of possum fur, superfine merino wool, and silk.
Adding a touch of retro class, Possumdown’s v-neck cardigan can take you from the office to the golf course. With the extra detail of leather patches on the elbows, it’s available in stylish riverstone grey. The cardie is New Zealand-made from a blend of hollow-core possum fibre with merino for superior warmth without the weight.
Natural fibre layers next to your skin
The qualities of merino wool fibre make this material ideal for inner layers and underwear. Our New Zealand Natural Clothing label offers a range of garments in pure merino. Available in short and long sleeves, long-johns and singlets, they maintain your body temperature in all seasons, and the anti-microbial properties of the wool reduce odour.