Published on 08/08/19

Emily Riggs established iris + wool out of her passion for high-end clothing and desire to promote wool produced in Australia.


Emily’s love of wool originates from being married to a merino sheep producer in Burra, South Australia. Hence the brand’s name gives homage to the fibre.


The brand name is also a tribute to Emily’s mother who passed away when she was of a young age. Her mother’s love for irises is a lasting memory for Emily.


It was when Emily became a mother that she felt there was a gap in market for clothing that she calls ‘feed-wear’.


“I have designed a singlet to wear under garments specifically for mothers wishing to still look chic whilst breastfeeding,” says Emily.


With a vision for the brand to be completely Australian made, Emily chose a Melbourne based manufacturer to produce the clothing.


The manufacturer utilises WHOLEGARMENT® technology to produce the garments three dimensionally, in one entire piece, requiring no further construction processes. This results in minimal wasted fabric during manufacturing and helps to reduce environmental impact of iris + wool’s supply chain.


The technology has other benefits as it allows the garments to be produced without seams, making for a better fit and silhouette.


All of iris + wool’s stylish knitwear, comprising of a range of jumpers of tops, are made from 100% merino wool.


“We are pleased to welcome another South Australian based brand to the ECA accreditation program,” says ECA National Manager, Angela Bell.


“It’s great to know that iris + wool is both sourcing their fibre and manufacturing their clothing locally


“It is also great to see designs giving mothers who are breastfeeding greater options for clothing that is highly practical, comfortable and ethically made.”