ABOUT KNIGHT
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR HISTORY

Knight of New Zealand Ltd was originally founded in 1972 under the name Knight Tailors Ltd. The company gradually changed from making bespoke suits and jackets to producing leather and lambskin jackets. We are a small manufacturing unit with a team of 30 staff who work to very high standards. Our beautiful handcrafted jackets are shipped to many stores in New Zealand and all around the world. Our garments are designed to a brief of timeless style to work with today’s fashion and be comfortable and easy care. We manufacture under our own label Knight of New Zealand Limited and also produce for private labels in New Zealand and globally.

Some famous celebrities that have purchased Knight garments.

Singer - Cher

Musicion - Jose Feliciano

Chelsea Clinton
(Daughter of President Clinton)

Prince Edward of England

Famous Chinese Actress - Yao Chen

Famous Chinese Actress - Liu Sisi

Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand, Xu Jianguo

knight quality garment-Knight of New Zealand Craftsman Guarantee Label
CREATING A GARMENT

Every individually made Knight garment has our Craftsman Guarantee label permanently attached. This label is signed by the person who matches and cut the skins and the person who crafts the finished garment.

INDIVIDUAL CRAFTSMANSHIP
All Knights garments are cut and made individually. Unlike most clothing that is mass produced on production lines, every garment is treated as a "one-off". A good comparison would be a hand built car compared to cars produced on a production line system. Because these garments are made from a natural product, each one has its own unique characteristics and no two garments are exactly the same.
 
 

The lambskins are dyed in batches of around 800 skins in large dye drums at the tannery. However each skin is quite unique and although they are dyed in the same batch, there are many variations in colour, texture and wool types. Depending on the style, it usually takes around 25-30 skins to make one garment. The skill in matching the skins is to take this very inconsistent material and produce a consistent end product.

Most garments will use around 25-30 skins each. Because these skins are so small, the cutting yields are very low. Knight only uses the prime area of each skin meaning that a good cutting yield is only 44%. Before the pattern can be placed on each skin, natural flaws and blemishes on both sides of the skin are marked so that these areas can be avoided when laying the pattern.

Each garment is individually cut using the lines that have been marked in by the pattern layer. Areas of the panels that will overlap such as the seams and hem of the garment are then shaved to prevent too much bulk and to enhance the drape of the garment. Special surgical clippers are used to leave a smooth finish for the machinist.
 
The sewing machines that are used are industrial heavy duty machines known as “walking foot” machines. Because the raw materials used are quite bulky compared to fabrics, the machine “foot” which would normally just ride over the fabric has been made into a two part foot that steps over the skins as it sews. These machines are not automated - the skill lies with the machinist. Being a natural material, each skin is unique and needs to be handled differently which is a skill that cannot be automated. 

After being sewn, each garment is then transferred to the grooming and finishing area. If the garment has buttons attached these are hand sewn onto the garment as they are usually made from natural material such as horn and therefore irregular shaped. Hand sewn and shanked buttons are far more secure than those attached by machine.

Every garment is inspected both inside and out before packing for shipping. A “breathable” garment carry/storage bag is also supplied with every garment for storage and protection. Garments should not be stored in plastic/polythene bags particularly in warm climates as this can promote mould.
KNIGHT'S UNIQUE LAMBSKIN
WARMTH WITHOUT WEIGHT
Knight specialises in super lightweight lamb skins. This material maintains its warmth but is much lighter in weight than the more traditional "sheepskin coats". Due to the very small size of the skins, an average garment will use approximately 25-30 of these super lightweight skins. These are all known as "double face" skins because the wool is still attached to the skins ("double face" meaning 2-sided). Because these skins are so lightweight, the garments are very easy to wear and are ideal for commuting as they can comfortably be worn over the top of a business suit or sports jacket. lambskin-Knight of New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND OPOSSUM FUR
TRICHOSURUS VULPECULA
New Zealand opossum is not a protected species and is, in fact, a pest to the New Zealand native fauna and flora. As such, it is not listed on the CITES International agreement for protected species. Originally introduced from Australia in the early 1800s for hunting and for its prized fur, the population has exploded to an estimated 8 million animals! Unlike in its original habitat, it has no natural predators, hence the population boom. The New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) regularly carries out culls to try to combat this growth as these animals eat tons of natural vegetation every day,  threatening our native fauna and bird wildlife. Knight uses this fur as a trim on many of its garments, but also make full opossum fur bed throws in sizes from single to super California king.
Every Knight of New Zealand garment is individually made, rather than mass produced. We call this "commercial craft" as opposed to mass production.
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CARE AND CLEANING
  • Every Knight lambskin garment is fully dry cleanable.
  • Dry cleaning should be carried out before your garment gets too heavily soiled but ONLY BY A SPECIALIST LEATHER and SUEDE GARMENT DRY CLEANER

GARMENT DRY CLEANER

  • Full cleaning instructions for use by the dry cleaner are permanently sewn into the garment.
  • If your garment becomes rain spotted, do not brush while damp. Hang the garment to dry naturally on a well-shaped coat hanger away from excess sun, wind and artificial heat sources.

On no account should the garment be force dried. Once the rain spots have completely dried, brush lightly with a soft garment brush to bring to the “nap” of the suede and the rain spots will disappear.

  • Please note – this product is not waterproof.
  • Never put a damp garment away in a cupboard or wardrobe: wait until the garment is completely dry.
  • Always store your garment well away from direct, strong sunlight as the special dyes that are used for natural skins are sensitive to strong ultra-violet sunlight.

If you follow the simple procedures, your Knight garment will retain its good looks for many years.

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