Rethinking Textiles

Innovations for the circular economy

In many ways, we quickly realized that we were doing things differently than is usual in the industry. However, we haven’t always been sure whether this is good or bad.

We rethink products impartially from material to function in order to develop the best possible version. We don’t make products just for the sake of making products, we identify challenges in the textile industry and try to significantly improve the key issues we have identified.

«ESSENTIALLY DIFFERENT.»

Innovations for the circular economy

In many ways, we quickly realized that we were doing things differently than is usual in the industry. However, we haven’t always been sure whether this is good or bad.

We rethink products impartially from material to function in order to develop the best possible version. We don’t make products just for the sake of making products, we identify challenges in the textile industry and try to significantly improve the key issues we have identified.

«ESSENTIALLY DIFFERENT.»

The way we talk about sustainability is different.
For us it is a stepping stone, not an end point.
It is a lever for innovation, for further development, for improvement.
We convey our values through actions, not words.
We’re talking about product development, not unrealistic goals.
We never stop developing.
  • The way we talk about sustainability is different.
  • For us it is a stepping stone, not an end point.
  • It is a lever for innovation, for further development, for improvement.
  • We convey our values through actions, not words.
  • We’re talking about product development, not unrealistic goals.
  • We never stop developing.
We are inspired by the wild unknown.
We dare to go on paths not yet travelled.
The places where there is no absolute security.
There is courage in exploration.
Inspiration lies in naivety.
We see adventure in uncertainty.
The most beautiful things are those that we see for the first time.
  • We are inspired by the wild unknown.
  • We dare to go on paths not yet travelled.
  • The places where there is no absolute security.
  • There is courage in exploration.
  • Inspiration lies in naivety.
  • We see adventure in uncertainty.
  • The most beautiful things are those that we see for the first time.
For us, less means more.
Less hectic, less uncertainty, less of the same.
Less because someone else said we should do it.
React less and act more.
More simplicity, more satisfaction, without compromise.
Go your own way, without a doubt.
  • For us, less means more.
  • Less hectic, less uncertainty, less of the same.
  • Less because someone else said we should do it.
  • React less and act more.
  • More simplicity, more satisfaction, without compromise.
  • Go your own way, without a doubt.

We see our main raison d’être in the textile market in developing products “essentially different” and present new, future-oriented solutions. We want to create high-quality, stylish and comfortable products for people who, like us, go their own way and think outside the box in order to promote sustainable development.

Premium can also be sustainable.

PREMIUM PRODUCTS FOR THE FUTURE-ORIENTED

We offer you the comfort and the Peace of Mind for your wardrobe. All of our products meet the highest quality standards and our understanding of circular economy (recyclable in the technical and biological cycle). If one of our items of clothing has reached the end of its life, don’t throw it in the green bin, compost in the garden or the usual textile collection, but contact us and we will take care of all further steps.

RECYCLABLE

In order to safely recycle our products in the current recycling systems, they contain 100% of the same material whenever possible. For example, our LEGNA T-shirt is made from 100% wood-based fibers, from the fabric to the care label. And in the event that the product cannot be fed into a functioning recycling stream, it is biodegradable. In this way, we address the issue that in today’s recycling processes, material contamination can only be removed to a certain extent.

BIODEGRADABLE

We are completely rethinking textiles – from sewing threads to labels. We focus on biodegradable materials and try to avoid plastics wherever possible. Consequently, all sewing threads, embroidery, labels, etc. are made from recyclable materials.

«All of our products are based on our highest standards of sustainability and responsibility. If there is no solution on the market that meets our requirements, we will develop it ourselves. “

Dario, co-founder of Muntagnard

RETHINKING DOESN’T STOP WITH THE PRODUCT

Our packaging completely avoids conventional plastic. All products are packed exclusively in recycled paper and cardboard. With this packaging solution, you can easily send the packaging to conventional paper or cardboard recycling after use and do not have to dispose of unnecessary plastic or other waste. In addition, our plastic bags, which are used for the packaging of the T-shirts, are completely compostable and can be reused at home for garden waste and kitchen scraps, for example.

CERTIFICATES

In order to design textiles essentially different, we have to think ahead and face greater challenges. We regard the currently most ambitious sustainability standards as a minimum requirement for our products. Every step, every yarn, every packaging should exceed the existing criteria in the best possible way. It is therefore possible that the final products are not always officially certified.

MUNTAGNARD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS

It all began with the ambition to create the “best possible jacket”: a stylish and high-quality all-weather jacket made exclusively from materials that are of organic origin and biodegradable.

We are now working hard to expand our approach and develop products in four main areas in order to provide our customers with the best possible products. Products that are required for an active and at the same time stylish life in the mountains, in the city and on the way in between. All products are manufactured according to the best possible sustainability criteria, with no compromises being made in terms of comfort, quality and style.

For us, the development never stops. By creating products that remain in our product portfolio as a permanent collection, we want to continuously improve our product solutions with each new production cycle.

OUR FOUR PRODUCT AREAS

Soft and breathable wood-based products for an active and stylish lifestyle.

Elegant everyday products made from recycled or traceable European cotton.

Protective and stylish everyday products made from Swiss and recycled wool for the colder days.

Clothing with improved biodegradability for sports activities.

OUR MATERIAL AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS

FROM RAW MATERIAL GROWING TO DISPOSAL –
WE CREATE TRANSPARENCY

We only use renewable, recycled and / or biodegradable raw materials and ensure that the ecological footprint from cultivation to the end of the product’s life is kept as low as possible.

SWISS WOOL

The main players in our wool supply chain are the Swiss sheep, more precisely the white alpine sheep. This high-quality wool is only sheared once a year in order to obtain long enough fibers for the production of our Muntagnard Swiss LANA fabric. The shorn wool is made by our partner wollseinfrom farmers throughout Switzerland and brought to Huttwil, where it is sorted and transported from there to a laundry, where the wool is washed according to GOTS standards.

SWISS DEER LEATHER

Well over 10,000 wild red deer are hunted in Switzerland every year. The opinions and perspectives regarding the necessity of hunting in Switzerland are controversial. Regardless of the correct or incorrect answer, until recently a large proportion of the red deer skins that were produced were disposed of and burned. The remaining hides simply weren’t used and thousands of these beautiful deer hides were discarded as waste. Since 2017 a small group of entrepreneurs has from Cervo Volante started collecting some of these deer hides from hunters and local butchers in Switzerland in order to refine this valuable raw material into high-quality and sustainable leather. The production process takes place entirely in Switzerland – from vegetable tanning to cutting and laser engraving of the pieces of leather.

WOOD BASED FIBERS

The lining of our LANA jacket is made from European beech wood and the entire LEGNA t-shirt is also made from 100% wood-based fibers. The raw materials are processed into a fiber in Austria and then made into a silky-soft fabric in Italy (LANA jacket) and Portugal (LEGNA T-shirt). In dyeing and finishing, our fabrics are processed according to GOTS / Bluesign standards. The transport routes are optimized for the shortest possible routes and even our sewing threads are made from biodegradable wood-based fibers (cradle-to-cradle certified).

TRACEABLE & RECYCLED COTTON

Cotton often has a bad reputation for environmental and social impact. It was therefore clear to us that we couldn’t just look the other way and focus on alternative materials for our products. With the ambition to find innovative solutions to find new and more sustainable ways in the production and use of cotton, we set out on a search. The result: a fully traceable yarn made from long-staple cotton from Europe and fabrics made from 100% recycled cotton from production residues.

Our European cotton is a new generation of cotton that not only uses significantly fewer resources in production, but also points the way to a more sustainable and future-oriented way of growing and processing cotton for textiles – the highest quality, sustainable and traceable raw materials.

SYNTHETIC FIBERS

If we use synthetics, then only future-oriented solutions that are biodegradable and recyclable. But what does, for example, biodegradability mean? The unique composition of our materials enables bacteria to access the waste materials and digest them, which accelerates the biological degradation process. The synthetic material is eliminated from the planet in about 5 years, while other fibers take decades to centuries to decompose. Our material breaks down into organic material (biomass) and biogas; both can then be used again as a new environmental resource.

OUR T-SHIRT PRODUCERS

Production in Europe

ALL PRODUCTION STEPS IN EUROPE

The wood-based fibers are produced in Austria and our cotton fabrics come from smallholder farms in Greece. The fabrics are knitted, dyed and finished in Portugal and sewn into the finished T-shirts just a stone’s throw away.
This short supply chain enables us to have good control over the individual work steps and allows us to optimize the transport routes.

GREEK COTTON

Our partner for cotton yarn has the vision “to lead the change in the industry towards a transparent, sustainable and ethical textile future”. A laudable ambition that suits us and our project very well. Based in Greece, they have developed an innovative approach in order not only to be pioneers of sustainable innovations in the textile sector, but also intend to support the local Greek cotton farmers and their communities.

Circular threads from woodbased fibres

WOOD BASED FIBERS

Our fiber producer from Austria has been focusing on processing wood for over 80 years. Thanks to closed process cycles for solvents and water, the company is one of the most environmentally friendly and innovative fiber producers in the world.

THE FABRIC PRODUCER

Our Portuguese partner for fabric development is a unique fabric expert for sustainable and innovative solutions. From spinning to knitting to dyeing and finishing, everything happens under one roof and the company is also less than 100km away from our sewing shop.

THE SEWING

Our sewing shop in the north of Porto in Portugal employs almost 100 people and looks back on decades of textile experience. In addition to the highest environmental standards in the factory, the personal and familiar approach to joint product development is crucial for us.

THE JACKET LANA

The outer fabric is made of Swiss wool and the lining is a 100% wood-based fabric with beech wood from Europe. The Swiss deerskin is vegetable-tanned in Switzerland without the use of harmful chemicals. The buttons are made in Poland from corozo nuts.
The finished jacket is made in a small factory in Rothenthurm, Canton Schwyz.
This very short supply chain allows us optimal control over the individual work steps and allows us to optimize the transport routes and the recyclability of the materials.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR OWN WOOL FABRIC

THE WOOL PRODUCERS

The main players in our wool supply chain are the Swiss sheep, more precisely the white alpine sheep. This high-quality wool is only sheared once a year in order to obtain long enough fibers for the production of our Muntagnard Swiss LANA fabric. The shorn wool is collected from farmers throughout Switzerland by our partner wollsein and brought to Huttwil, where it is sorted and transported from there to a laundry, where the wool is washed according to GOTS standards.

YARN PRODUCTION

Our washed wool then arrives in northern Italy (Biella), where a small family business, which has specialized in the manufacture of high-quality wool yarns, takes over the next very important production steps. Before the wool can be twisted and spun into the desired yarn, it must be carded in order to be able to obtain the finest possible yarn. Stefano and his father have decades of experience in the production of yarns of the highest quality and understand how to handle such a complex and unique raw material as our Swiss wool.

THE WEAVING

In the nearby weaving mill, our finely spun wool yarns are brought together to create the woven fabric to create the characteristic weave structure of our Muntagnard Swiss LANA fabric. Usually Nicola and his business partner produce fabrics for the Italian luxury brands and the company has a long tradition in processing wool yarns into high-quality fabrics. In addition to their openness and joy in developing new solutions, this gave us the necessary certainty that our precious wool is in the right hands.

THE DYERY

The final step in fabric manufacturing is dyeing and finishing the fabric. In Strona, just a few kilometers from the previous production facilities, we have found a great dye works that not only specializes in dyeing and finishing woolen fabrics, but also adheres to very high environmental standards in its processes (GOTS-certified). In numerous experiments and developments with different colors and finishing techniques, we have found a sensible and above all environmentally friendly solution to give the fabric a certain functionality. Instead of treating the finished fabric chemically in order to achieve additional softness or water repellency, we opted for a special thermal treatment (only water and heat) in order to achieve a water-repellent functionality and the special feel of our Muntagnard Swiss LANA fabric.

DEER LEATHER – 100% SWISS MADE

SWISS DEER LEATHER

Well over 10,000 wild red deer are hunted in Switzerland every year. Some claim it is necessary to regulate the deer population, others disagree and believe nature will find a way to regulate itself. Regardless of the correct or incorrect answer, until recently a large proportion of the red deer skins that were produced were disposed of and burned. The remaining hides simply weren’t used and thousands of these beautiful deer hides were thrown away as waste. Since 2017, a small group of entrepreneurs from Cervo Volante has started to collect some of these deer hides from hunters and local butchers in Switzerland in order to refine this valuable raw material into high-quality and sustainable leather. The production process takes place entirely in Switzerland – from vegetable tanning to cutting and laser engraving of the pieces of leather.

We see our main raison d’être in the textile market in developing products “essentially different” and present new, future-oriented solutions. We want to create high-quality, stylish and comfortable products for people who, like us, go their own way and think outside the box in order to promote sustainable development.

Premium can also be sustainable.

Premium products for future-oriented people

We offer you the comfort and the Peace of Mind for your wardrobe. All of our products meet the highest quality standards and our understanding of circular economy (recyclable in the technical and biological cycle). If one of our items of clothing has reached the end of its life, don’t throw it in the green bin, compost in the garden or the usual textile collection, but contact us and we will take care of all further steps.

Recyclable

In order to safely recycle our products in the current recycling systems, they contain 100% of the same material whenever possible. For example, our LEGNA T-shirt is made from 100% wood-based fibers, from the fabric to the care label. And in the event that the product cannot be fed into a functioning recycling stream, it is biodegradable. In this way, we address the issue that in today’s recycling processes, material contamination can only be removed to a certain extent.

Biodegradable

We are completely rethinking textiles – from sewing threads to labels. We focus on biodegradable materials and try to avoid plastics wherever possible. Consequently, all sewing threads, embroidery, labels, etc. are made from recyclable materials.

«All of our products are based on our highest standards of sustainability and responsibility. If there is no solution on the market that meets our requirements, we will develop it ourselves.»

Dario, co-founder of Muntagnard

Rethinking doesn’t stop with the product

Our packaging completely avoids conventional plastic. All products are packed exclusively in recycled paper and cardboard. With this packaging solution, you can easily send the packaging to conventional paper or cardboard recycling after use and do not have to dispose of unnecessary plastic or other waste. In addition, our plastic bags, which are used for the packaging of the T-shirts, are completely compostable and can be reused at home for garden waste and kitchen scraps, for example.

Certificates

In order to design textiles essentially different, we have to think ahead and face greater challenges. We regard the currently most ambitious sustainability standards as a minimum requirement for our products. Every step, every yarn, every packaging should exceed the existing criteria in the best possible way. It is therefore possible that the final products are not always officially certified.

MUNTAGNARD product developments

It all began with the ambition to create the “best possible jacket”: a stylish and high-quality all-weather jacket made exclusively from materials that are of organic origin and biodegradable.

We are now working hard to expand our approach and develop products in four main areas in order to provide our customers with the best possible products. Products that are required for an active and at the same time stylish life in the mountains, in the city and on the way in between. All products are manufactured according to the best possible sustainability criteria, with no compromises being made in terms of comfort, quality and style.

For us, the development never stops. By creating products that remain in our product portfolio as a permanent collection, we want to continuously improve our product solutions with each new production cycle.

Our 4 product areas

Soft and breathable wood-based products for an active and stylish lifestyle.

Elegant everyday products made from recycled or traceable European cotton.

Protective and stylish everyday products made from Swiss and recycled wool for the colder days.

Clothing with improved biodegradability for sports activities.

Our material and product developments

From the cultivation of raw materials to disposal – we create transparency

We only use renewable, recycled and / or biodegradable raw materials and ensure that the ecological footprint from cultivation to the end of the product’s life is kept as low as possible.

Swiss wool

The main players in our wool supply chain are the Swiss sheep, more precisely the white alpine sheep. This high-quality wool is only sheared once a year in order to obtain long enough fibers for the production of our Muntagnard Swiss LANA fabric. The shorn wool is collected from farmers throughout Switzerland by our partner wollsein and brought to Huttwil, where it is sorted and transported from there to a laundry, where the wool is washed according to GOTS standards.

Swiss deerskin

Well over 10,000 wild red deer are hunted in Switzerland every year. The opinions and perspectives regarding the necessity of hunting in Switzerland are controversial. Regardless of the correct or incorrect answer, until recently a large proportion of the red deer skins that were produced were disposed of and burned. The remaining hides simply weren’t used and thousands of these beautiful deer hides were discarded as waste. Since 2017, a small group of entrepreneurs from Cervo Volante has started to collect some of these deer hides from hunters and local butchers in Switzerland in order to refine this valuable raw material into high-quality and sustainable leather. The production process takes place entirely in Switzerland – from vegetable tanning to cutting and laser engraving of the pieces of leather.

Wood-based fibers

The lining of our LANA jacket is made from European beech wood and the entire LEGNA t-shirt is also made from 100% wood-based fibers. The raw materials are processed into a fiber in Austria and then made into a silky-soft fabric in Italy (LANA jacket) and Portugal (LEGNA T-shirt). In dyeing and finishing, our fabrics are processed according to GOTS / Bluesign standards. The transport routes are optimized for the shortest possible routes and even our sewing threads are made from biodegradable wood-based fibers (cradle-to-cradle certified).

Synthetic fibers

If we use synthetics, then only future-oriented solutions that are biodegradable and recyclable. But what does, for example, biodegradability mean? The unique composition of our materials enables bacteria to access the waste materials and digest them, which accelerates the biological degradation process. The synthetic material is eliminated from the planet in about 5 years, while other fibers take decades to centuries to decompose. Our material breaks down into organic material (biomass) and biogas; both can then be used again as a new environmental resource.

Traceable & Recycled Cotton

Cotton often has a bad reputation for environmental and social impact. It was therefore clear to us that we couldn’t just look the other way and focus on alternative materials for our products. With the ambition to find innovative solutions to find new and more sustainable ways in the production and use of cotton, we set out on a search. The result: a fully traceable yarn made from long-staple cotton from Europe and fabrics made from 100% recycled cotton from production residues.

Our European cotton is a new generation of cotton that not only uses significantly fewer resources in production, but also points the way to a more sustainable and future-oriented way of growing and processing cotton for textiles – the highest quality, sustainable and traceable raw materials.

OUR T-SHIRT PRODUCERS

Production in Europe

ALL PRODUCTION STEPS IN EUROPE

The wood-based fibers are produced in Austria and our cotton fabrics come from smallholder farms in Greece. The fabrics are knitted, dyed and finished in Portugal and sewn into the finished T-shirts just a stone’s throw away.
This short supply chain enables us to have good control over the individual work steps and allows us to optimize the transport routes.

GREEK COTTON

Our partner for cotton yarn has the vision “to lead the change in the industry towards a transparent, sustainable and ethical textile future”. A laudable ambition that suits us and our project very well. Based in Greece, they have developed an innovative approach in order not only to be pioneers of sustainable innovations in the textile sector, but also intend to support the local Greek cotton farmers and their communities.

Circular threads from woodbased fibres

WOOD BASED FIBERS

Our fiber producer from Austria has been focusing on processing wood for over 80 years. Thanks to closed process cycles for solvents and water, the company is one of the most environmentally friendly and innovative fiber producers in the world.

THE FABRIC PRODUCER

Our Portuguese partner for fabric development is a unique fabric expert for sustainable and innovative solutions. From spinning to knitting to dyeing and finishing, everything happens under one roof and the company is also less than 100km away from our sewing shop.

THE SEWING

Our sewing shop in the north of Porto in Portugal employs almost 100 people and looks back on decades of textile experience. In addition to the highest environmental standards in the factory, the personal and familiar approach to joint product development is crucial for us.

THE JACKET LANA

The outer fabric is made of Swiss wool and the lining is a 100% wood-based fabric with beech wood from Europe. The Swiss deerskin is vegetable-tanned in Switzerland without the use of harmful chemicals. The buttons are made in Poland from corozo nuts.
The finished jacket is made in a small factory in Rothenthurm, Canton Schwyz.
This very short supply chain allows us optimal control over the individual work steps and allows us to optimize the transport routes and the recyclability of the materials.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR OWN WOOL FABRIC

THE WOOL PRODUCERS

The main players in our wool supply chain are the Swiss sheep, more precisely the white alpine sheep. This high-quality wool is only sheared once a year in order to obtain long enough fibers for the production of our Muntagnard Swiss LANA fabric. The shorn wool is collected from farmers throughout Switzerland by our partner wollsein and brought to Huttwil, where it is sorted and transported from there to a laundry, where the wool is washed according to GOTS standards.

YARN PRODUCTION

Our washed wool then arrives in northern Italy (Biella), where a small family business, which has specialized in the manufacture of high-quality wool yarns, takes over the next very important production steps. Before the wool can be twisted and spun into the desired yarn, it must be carded in order to be able to obtain the finest possible yarn. Stefano and his father have decades of experience in the production of yarns of the highest quality and understand how to handle such a complex and unique raw material as our Swiss wool.

THE WEAVING

In the nearby weaving mill, our finely spun wool yarns are brought together to create the woven fabric to create the characteristic weave structure of our Muntagnard Swiss LANA fabric. Usually Nicola and his business partner produce fabrics for the Italian luxury brands and the company has a long tradition in processing wool yarns into high-quality fabrics. In addition to their openness and joy in developing new solutions, this gave us the necessary certainty that our precious wool is in the right hands.

THE DYERY

The final step in fabric manufacturing is dyeing and finishing the fabric. In Strona, just a few kilometers from the previous production facilities, we have found a great dye works that not only specializes in dyeing and finishing woolen fabrics, but also adheres to very high environmental standards in its processes (GOTS-certified). In numerous experiments and developments with different colors and finishing techniques, we have found a sensible and above all environmentally friendly solution to give the fabric a certain functionality. Instead of treating the finished fabric chemically in order to achieve additional softness or water repellency, we opted for a special thermal treatment (only water and heat) in order to achieve a water-repellent functionality and the special feel of our Muntagnard Swiss LANA fabric.

DEER LEATHER – 100% SWISS MADE

SWISS DEER LEATHER

Well over 10,000 wild red deer are hunted in Switzerland every year. Some claim it is necessary to regulate the deer population, others disagree and believe nature will find a way to regulate itself. Regardless of the correct or incorrect answer, until recently a large proportion of the red deer skins that were produced were disposed of and burned. The remaining hides simply weren’t used and thousands of these beautiful deer hides were thrown away as waste. Since 2017, a small group of entrepreneurs from Cervo Volante has started to collect some of these deer hides from hunters and local butchers in Switzerland in order to refine this valuable raw material into high-quality and sustainable leather. The production process takes place entirely in Switzerland – from vegetable tanning to cutting and laser engraving of the pieces of leather.

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We believe in “sustainability” as an effective lever for innovative solutions. Our aim is to rethink products to produce the best possible version for anyone looking for a sustainable option but not wanting to compromise on comfort, quality and style. And all of this by approaching things “essentially different”.

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