The clothing supply chain must be renewably-powered

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
Yesterday we contributed to a UK innovation workshop where one of the challenges was for the fashion industry to become zero carbon.

So it's worth putting up some old news - the Quantis report on Measuring Fashion from 2018. What the report recommends is well-evidenced elsewhere  - that the clothing supply chain can make enormous improvements (80% reduction) in its climate change impact by moving to renewable energy and improving its energy efficiency. It's particuarly important that this should happen in the environmental hotspot of dyeing, printing and finishing.

Unfortunately much of fashion industry sources from countries that are heavily reliant on coal for their grid power, such as China and much of Asia. Some factories there are very efficient, many are not.

It's logical for companies committed to making a difference to climate change to move the most carbon-intensive processes to countries that have a grid that contains a high percentage of renewable power, or to companies that are 100% renewably powered. Not many sourcing directors or knitwear managers ask these questions of us yet - we wish and hope for more, and soon.

November 2019

International Woolmark Prize

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
We are very pleased to have been part of a small group of manufacturers selected by the Woolmark Company to support designers competing for the International Woolmark Prize. Members of the Trade Partner Collective offer innovation in wool processing, exceptional quality and production flexibility.

November 2019

We are exhibiting!

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
Textile Forum focuses on small run fabrics for luxury fashion, interiors, film and theatrical production. We will be showing a variety of our own designs printed on a variety of wool fabrics including wool melton, duffle, and fine wool twill. All avalaible with minimums of only 1metre. Textile Forum runs 16-17 October in Marylebone, London.

You can find more details here

September 2019

Come and see us

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
Make it British Live showcases the best of British clothing and textile manufacturing. Come to the Business Design Centre, Islington, London on 29-30 May. See and handle what we make and talk with us about your projects.

You can find more details here

April 2019

Beautiful leather prints

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
Keeping the hand feel and flexibility of leather whilst producing vibrant prints has always been a major challenge. Our development project with a UK tannery is now producing some beautiful results with sheepskin hides that have good technical performance. Such hides have good stretch and are highly suitable for a range of fashion applications.

We welcome enquiries from brands.

November  2018

Apprentice success

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
The company started production early in 2016 and Jen joined as our as our first apprentice shortly after (see the news article for September 2016). She successfully completed her apprenticeship in digital print with Leicester College this month. Well done Jen!

November  2018

Printing powered by the wind

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
The single most significant thing that the fashion supply chain can do to improve its environmental impact is to switch to renewable energy.

From 1st December, Faering will be 100% powered by renewable energy. 

Renewable materials, renewable energy.

A totally renewably-focused enterprise.

October  2018

The increased consumer interest in the fate of unsold stock

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
From luxury brands such as Burberry through to high street brands such as H&M, there is increased criticism of practices such as burning or shredding of old stock.

We can take that stock and create new products using print. Or even better, match consumer demand to supply using knit-in-white /print-on-demand to avoid creating over stock in the first place. Read our provocation "Less Stuff, More Profit"  by contacting us

July 2018
Wool Lab wool melton digital print

Helsinki Fashion Week

Faering was pleased to be working with Elinor Braennstroem at Helsinki Fashion Week. A really challenging print on mohair, which nevertheless created the desired effect for the designer.

Runway images courtesy of Elinor Braennstroem and Henry Marsh @henrymarsh15 

July 2018

And the winner was...

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
Make it British Live was just non-stop interest in our prints on knitwear. This one in particular got lots of admiring comments: a retro-style poster landscape on fine merino, knitted by Jack Masters, designed and printed by ourselves. 

July 2018

Meet us at Make it British

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
We are exhibiting at Make it British at Truman's Brewery, Brick Lane, London between the 23rd and 24th May, along with many other UK textile, accessory and garment manufacturers.  Drop in and say hello. We'd love to find out more about what you are interested in and how we might be able to help.

April 2018

Less stuff, more profit

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
Retailers and brands want to reduce time to market,  improve use of capital and increase profit. Sustainability commentators want consumers to buy less clothing. Impossible to reconcile? Our latest provocation outlines how potentially both of these can be achieved together, by better matching of supply and demand and thereby reducing discounting. At Faering we offer Knit-in-white-print-on-demand as a solution that is commercially ready and scaleable. Get a copy here

March 2018

Keeping the hand feel of suede and leather

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
Conventional digital printing of leather usually leaves a plastic feel to the surface, due to the cured ink resins. Our inks are resin-free, but that creates performance challenges. A year ago we launched a development project to digitally print suede and leather with acceptable technical performance whilst keeping the wonderful hand feel of these materials. That project is now complete. So if you design leather products we invite you for discussion on how our innovation can help.

November 2017

Reversible digital textile printing

Wool Lab wool melton digital print

We have been asked to assess the potential of a new technique that enables fabrics to be de-printed and re-printed (or de-dyed and re-dyed). If it is of interest, please get in  touch

October 2017

London Fashion Week

Wool Lab wool melton digital print
Wool Lab wool melton digital print

It was great to be involved with a variety of projects for London Fashion Week, including with Faustine Steinmetz and with John Smedley's collaborations with Holly Fulton and with Teatum Jones.

September 2017

Wool Lab wool melton digital print

The Wool Lab AW 18-19

A print we have designed and produced on apparel weight 100% wool melton was chosen by the Woolmark Company for inclusion in their inspirational The Wool Lab AW18-19 issue as part of the Fiesta Patronal trend

June 2017

image: Faering Ltd

London Collections Men

Digital printing socks and sweaters
We were once again working for a number of designers who showed at London Collections Men. Shown are painterly striped knitwear by Lou Dalton x John Smedley and painterly striped cotton socks by Lou Dalton.  Looks great!

June 2017


Recycling difficult textile waste streams

Faering textile recycling presentation
This was the subject of our presentation at the 6th International Fibre Recycling Symposium. We presented the analysis of our research partner Oakdene Hollins and ourselves on the opportunities for recycling of negative and low value wastes such as sorting wastes, corporate clothing and mattresses.

June 2017

Supporting the Sustainable
Clothing Action Plan

Faering is an official supporter of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan. Signed by most of the UK's major brands and retailers, adherence to the plan will significantly reduce the environmental impact of clothing. Faering will contribute its innovative manufacturing methods and consulting advice

May 2017

Faering SCAP membership

Printing on suede

suede digital printing
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Suede and leather are notoriously difficult to get lasting prints that give good colour definition and do not crack with time. We've achieved excellent results on suede, and are getting some really encouraging feedback from experts in the leather trade who have assessed a wide  variety of print approaches.

March 2017

Fabrics and products

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As well as printing materials and products supplied by customers, we now can supply selected wool fabrics, both knitted and woven. A full range is given on the website . In addition we can supply woven cashmere scarves and organic cotton jersey.

March 2017

Digital denim

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At the Circular Transitions conference in London in late November, Dr Dawn Ellams and Nick Morley presented their digital denim project. Building on Dawn's doctorate work, the project will develop the second generation of printed denim pieces and garments.

December 2016

Printing merino wool cycle wear

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Faering has been printing merino wool cycle wear for master's student Sarah Buck, with some great results. Sarah runs her own design studio and has designed cycle accessories for organisations such as Topshop. The story of the project can be found at

December 2016

Presenting consulting work in Gothenburg

Faering Textile recycling consultancy research
We presented at the Plastics and Textiles recycling conference organised by Swerea IVF in mid November. The challenges and opportunities in textile recycling, and how the global textile recycling industry has become more and less materially circular during its development, were the subjects of Nick Morley's keynote address.

December 2016

The contemporary craft of digital textile printing

Faering contemporary craft artisan production digital printing of luxury knitwear and wovens
What defines craft, and can digital textile printing be part of it? Our answer is an unequivocal yes. Craft is technology neutral and co-evolves alongside it. The true heritage of craft is respect for materials and how they are made, and hence for people and for the environment. The challenge for contemporary craft is to have strong making stories that appeal to consumers in the same way as traditional hand making. This is the subject of our first provocation, published in October and available by contacting us

November 2016

Supporting Wool Week

Faering Smalls printed merino knitwear
Faering John Smedley digitally printed knitwear on mohair silk
We were pleased to be involved with Wool Week organised by the Campaign for Wool . We printed some of the merino childrenswear shown at the Wool BnB in London by Smalls . John Smedley was also making a splash with some of its Lou Dalton x John Smedley collection at its Jermyn Street store.

October 2016

From incremental innovation to disruptive force

Faering Textile Institute innovation development digital printing sustainability
We were invited by Textiles, the quarterly magazine of the Textile Institute to describe the development of digital textile printing. We've written about the opportunities that are emerging, its potential for environmental sustainability, and how we see its likely future.  Information on the Textile Institute, the professional body for the textiles industry, and its magazine can be found here .

September 2016

Our first apprentice

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Jennifer has become our first apprentice, studying digital print at Leicester College. The college is excellently equipped with digital and conventional print equipment, reflecting Leicester's recent history as a centre for printing in the UK, in addition to its well known heritage in knitwear.

September 2016

Printing merino/lyocell activity wear

faering merino tencel lyocell outdoor wear activity wear blends digital printing
Merino is an increasingly popular natural fibre choice for high performance base layers and tee shirts. Merino/lyocell (also known by the brand Tencel) blends are of great interest because of the cool touch of the lyocell and the excellent hand feel. Tencel also has great sustainability credentials. The mix of protein-based and cellulosic-based fibres bring challenges to digital printers, particularly in pretreatment, and so we have been optimising our print processes for such blends. The photo shows a 65% wool, 20% lyocell (Tencel), 15% nylon tee shirt printed with a black and white photographic image of Stanage Edge, a well known training ground for UK climbers. The dark gritstone edge has come out particularly well.

August 2016

Printing for London Collections Men

london collection mens faering lou dalton john smedley jonathan daniel pryce digital printing knitwear sweater
Having printed knitwear for three shows back in February for London Fashion Week, we were asked to print again for London Collections Men in June

(picture: Lou Dalton, John Smedley, Jonathan Daniel Pryce)

June 2016

Faering shortlisted for innovation award

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Faering was one of four companies shortlisted for an innovation award at Meet the Manufacturer. We presented "Dealing the Third Dimension" to the conference audience and a panel of judges, highlighting our ability to successfully print on highly textured, fibrous and uneven surfaces.  We didn't quite get the vote, but showcasing our capability led to many interesting conversations. Congratulations to the winners,  the Sock Mine and their patented innovation in activity footwear.

June 2016
meet the manufacturer

Say hello at Meet the Manufacturer

We're exhibiting at Meet the Manufacturer in London on 25th and 26th May, the annual showcase of textile manufacturing in the UK.  Based on the rising demand for products made in Great Britain, requirements for ethical and sustainable manufacturing and the re-shoring of high end manufacturing, the show has increased substantially in size again.  We hope to see as many as possible of our customers and other visitors interested to see how the digital printing of luxury garments and accessories has moved on, and to explore together its creative potential.

May 2016

New appointment 

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Sarah-May Johnson has joined us to support Jane Walker, our Print Design Manager, in print design and printing operations. Previously Sarah-May was the digital print technician at De Montfort University. She has an MA in Art & Design Studio Practice, where she specialised in 3-D woven structures, and a BA in Woven Textile Design, both from Loughborough University.  Sarah-May brings to us not only experience in digital printing but also design expertise, particularly in furnishing fabrics, and experience with the main design software packages.

April 2016
sustainability and digital textile printing

Creative Potential: Sustainability and Digital Printing

We were invited to contribute an article on environmental sustainability and digital printing to the first issue of a new magazine, Textile Evolution,from MCL Global who are the publishers of Knitting Trade Journal and of Ecotextile News. Nick Morley used his knowledge of sustainable innovation and environmental impacts of textiles to propose a tiered way of looking at this. One first needs to  consider the creative potential of digital printing to change consumer attitudes and business models, only then to consider the more direct environmental impacts of the printing process.

March 2016
London Fashion Week Tata Naka

Printing for London Fashion Week

We were delighted to be asked to print knitwear for a number of new British designers who had shows at London Fashion week in February.  These included Claire Barrow x John Smedley Collection, Ashley Williams x John Smedley Collection and Tata Naka (picture:

February 2016

Official launch of Faering

Whilst we have been busy getting our factory fitted out and equipped, we have also been sampling for a number of customers.  We are pleased to say that we are now production ready and looking forward to developing the many promising ideas that we have worked on over the past six months.  We want to say a big thank you to all the people and companies who have helped us to get to this stage - this includes Simon, Ed and Mark at Shima Seiki Europe, Simon our builder and Tom our electrician, Tom, Chris and John who sorted out the ancillary equipment, and Richard who provided some proper project management.

February 2016
Nick Morley Jane Walker Faering Ltd