Icebreaker Jackets: Innovative Merino Wool

Icebreaker, a New Zealand company specializing in merino wool performance wear, has just introduced a new line of jackets named PurePlus. The jackets are constructed from two merino fabrics: a stretch knit interior laminated to a finely woven exterior. They are wind resistant, warm and highly breathable. We’ve noted the virtues of merino wool in a previous post. It is …

Merino Wool Jackets by Ibex

Ibex makes a range of performance wear, using merino wool as their primary ingredient. Merino wool is much softer against the skin than regular wool. Pictured is their men’s “Full Zip” merino wool jacket, priced at $140. Let’s review why merino wool is hypereffective: it’s renewable, biodegradable, an excellent insulator, lightweight (warmest material by weight), naturally moisture wicking, doesn’t smell …

Shafer: A Sustainable Vineyard

Shafer Vineyards practice organic and sustainable harvesting. They are also Napa’s first 100% solar powered winery. Organic Style and Wine Spectator liked their Firebreak 2001 offering. Donna Binder, co-owner of Counter, a hot Manhattan vegertarian restaurant and wine bar, says it is “A real crowd-pleaser, Firebreak has aromas of spicy black pepper, black currant and dark plum that pair well …

The Magic of Tents: Transforming Space

Endlessly flexible, nurturing of creativity, cost — and energy-conscious, tented structures are an ideal means to address many concerns of modern architecture — a creative means to not only define space, but also to transform it into something to meet all sorts of design needs, for projects both grand and small. Recent years have seen an increase in the use …