Author: Samantha Wan

Samantha Wan is a passionate wool advocate. She is the recipient of industry recognised wool awards and as a wool industry professional, her online presence is secondary to her face-to-face promotion of wool products at events and outreach. Her personal passion project is wool product curation, promoting wool as fibre for every day use via samanthawan.com.au
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Merino Face Mask by Merino Country

Back in April a fellow wool colleague raised his purchase of the Merino Country Face Mask — at the time I wasn’t convinced I needed one. Mixed research, mixed opinions. A week ago, it was only recommended but given the recent spate of panic buying taking place in the western suburbs again it would be good to be on the front foot. Fast forward to lockdown 2.0 and as of last week with the numbers increasing in my local area, I had ordered four. I first searched for Face Masks closer to home only to be disappointed to find nearly most Victorian based companies were out of stock – or waiting on stock to arrive (from where?) and in line with wool as a slow-fashion frame, single use was to be the last option.

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Lindner Socks Review by Adele

Wool socks are a top rated and easily accessible way to utilise the natural capabilities of wool. Take a big step towards slow-fashion by investing in the health of your feet by choosing a natural fibre. Now while I’m partial to the Icebreaker wool socks, I’m opening my eyes to the huge range of Australian made alternatives to invest in.
And to help me with this is fellow Aussie – Adele from Young, New South Wales (which is 372km from Sydney, Australia). Adele grew up on the family farm on the outskirts of Laggan – which is near Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. She now lives in Young NSW, works as a Wool Technical Officer and you can find on Instagram as Adele’s Country Snaps

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STINGER LO EMU AUSTRALIA

Emu Australia Stinger Lo

The STINGER LO is from the EMU Australia’s Platinium Collection, a special collection of genuine sheepskin boots, Made in Australia with Australian wool. In fact, handcrafted in Geelong – Victoria, not very far from where I am – and they’ve been there for 25 years! I look forward to expanding my wool knowledge when I get to see the production of their sheepskin boots and slippers.

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Corban and Blair Wool Stationery review samanthawan.com.au

JERSEY (Wool Stationery) by Corban & Blair

The JERSEY stationery collection is three pieces, with a stunning aesthetic appeal that brightens when you learn more about them. Complete with the directive to ‘Bring Manufacturing Home’, they are made in Australia , pairing off genuine leather off cuts and Australian and New Zealand wool felt to ‘create a natural product that minimises waste’ and are ‘created for people who value craftsmanship and quality materials’.