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ALLY BEE is dedicated to making beautiful knitwear in natural fibre yarns made with low environmental impact and high standards of animal welfare. Yarns include British alpaca, recycled & traceable cashmere. Since launching in 2014, Ally Bee has worked with the same long-established knitwear manufacturer in Hawick.
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Ally Bee

~ SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFER - 15% off + FREE UK SHIPPING on any online purchase at ally-bee.com until 21 December. Code MIBXMAS15 at checkout. ALLY BEE is a British contemporary knitwear brand working with 100% natural fibre yarns chosen for high quality & low environmental impact, including British alpaca, British Bluefaced Leicester and eco-certified cashmere & traceable merino. Since 2014 Ally Bee has had knitwear designs brought to life by the specialist knitters as a small knitwear factory near Hawick, Scotland. The latest collection has now launched for Autumn/Winter 2021.

Ally Bee is dedicated to to creating environmentally sustainable luxury alternatives to mass production knitwear. The first collections of jumpers, scarves, hats & gloves were crafted from British alpaca spun in Dorset and British Bluefaced Leicester wool yarns. The range now includes recycled cashmere yarns, environmentally certified cashmere and merino and rescued over-stock yarns.

BRITISH ALPACA

British alpaca flocks are reared in small flocks on smallholdings across the UK, and are grazed on lush pasture and kept to high standards of animal welfare. They are provided with shelter from the cold, and receive vaccinations and supplements in addition to a dental check and toe-nail clip at shearing time. Alpacas must be shorn each Spring for physical wellbeing. The softest part of fleeces collected from farms in south of England is hand-selected by a specialist alpaca spinner in Dorset and bespoke spun for Ally Bee, in delicately blended natural colours. Alpacas originate from South America and this is where the majority of the alpaca yarns are supplied on the global market. So why choose British alpaca? Ally Bee Founder, Alison Baker, explains, “I discovered the softness and quality of British alpaca fibre almost by chance,” she says. “I saw its virtually untapped potential as a yarn for beautiful ready-to-wear knitwear that both supported small British industry, and was gentle on the environment."

ECO-CERTIFIED NATURAL FIBRE YARNS

NEW TO THE 2021 COLLECTION - Superfine Lambswool, spun by Todd & Duncan in Scotland, using fibre sourced through the Responsible Wool Standard. Wonderfully soft, and traceable back to region and well-managed farms in Victoria, Australia. In recent years Ally Bee has diversified away from purely British yarns, in particular alpaca, due to fluctuations in supply of UK alpaca fleece. Ally Bee now sources luxury wools and cashmere with stringent environmental certifications including Cradle to Cradle® certified cashmere merino yarn, and Italian Re.Verso recycled cashmere yarn.

BRITISH MANUFACTURING

ALLY BEE uses an established knitwear manufacturer in the Scottish Borders - the heart of the renowned Scottish knitwear industry. The factory specialises in the highly skilled 'fully-fashioned' style of knit production and uses industrial manually operated hand-frame knitting machines. Production for some aspects of the collection are also sent to a small manufacturing unit England where a line of jumpers, accessories and luxury knitted blankets have been manufactured for the collection using the 'seamless' knit process.

PROVENANCE

All Ally Bee pieces are currently all made in Scotland and England, apart from a very small collection of hand-knits made in a B-Corporation approved knitwear studio in India. All items listed on Make it British are made in the UK, predominantly in Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

Ally Bee alpaca yarns are grown, spun and knitted in the Great Britain (apart from a very small quantity of alpaca fleece sourced from outside the UK for the 2016 batch only.) British alpaca fleece is sourced from the south of England from smallholdings and spun close to source. British Bluefaced Leicester wool is sourced from a mill in Yorkshire. Yarns are then knitted into Ally Bee designs in the Scottish Borders and a factory in England. Since 2017 Ally Bee also knits in Italian-spun Cashmere merino yarn, the cashmere fibres of which are ethically sourced from traceable, well-managed herds in a specific region of Mongolia, and from merino sourced exclusively from a farm in Australia with carefully managed lands, and non-mulesed sheep. The Cradle to Cradle ® certified cashmere and supermerino yarns are spun using green hydro-power and is dyed to the highest environmental standards. The 2020 Winter collection includes Italian 'Re.Verso ™' Recycled Cashmere made from pre-consumer off-cuts from the textile manufacturing industry. These are beautiful yarns!

All products Made in the UK
Cruelty Free, Organic, Recycled
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Code MIBXMAS15 for 15% OFF + FREE UK SHIPPING until 21st December 2021. Visit ally-bee.com

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