Founded by Tim and Sue Fawcett in 1990, Optimum Knitwear is a New Zealand family owned company based in west Auckland.
We are a small boutique manufacturer of fine gauge knitwear specialising in the use of natural fibres. We employ 40 staff.
Optimum knitwear has become known for its extensive colour palate, service and the quality of all of its collections. The major benefits of local manufacture are the ability to react quickly to the ever-changing market demand, a fast turnaround of repeat business and low minimums.
We also offer a bespoke service, knitting special garments to order for individual customers throughout the season.
Optimum knitwear is the manufacturer of the Royal Merino and Royal Alpaca collections. These collections along with Optimum are sold in New Zealand, Australia, America, Germany and France.
We are very proud of our new “from” label; it is the only GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic merino and fine combed cotton collection in Australasia; see it at www.fromknitwear.co.nz
Caring for your garment
100% Extra Fine Super Soft merino
A very soft yarn with superior fibre strength. This yarn is very light and comfortable to wear. Many people who usually cannot wear wool can often wear garments knitting from this yarn.
· 100% Super Soft Extra Fine Merino
· 19.5 micron
· Spun in Italy
· Turn garment inside out. Cool hand wash with a specialised wool detergent. Cold rinse. Gentle spin to remove excess water. Reshape and dry flat in the shade. Warm iron with a damp cloth. Do not tumble dry, do not bleach. Dry-cleanable.
100% Fine Merino
A soft, non-scratchy yarn known for its resilience that is used predominantly for coats and jackets. A merino garment will hold its shape and colour for years if you treat it well.
· 100% Fine Merino
· 20.5 micron
· Spun in New Zealand
· Turn garment inside out. Can be machine washed on wool cycle at 40C or warm hand wash, with a specialised wool detergent. Cold rinse. Dry flat in shade. Warm iron with a damp cloth. Do not tumble dry, do not bleach. Dry-cleanable.
100% Combed Cotton
Combing straightens fibres to produce a stronger, finer, smoother fabric. Combed cotton is exceptionally comfortable to wear.
· 100% Combed Cotton
· Spun in Korea
· Cold hand wash, cold rinse, short spin to remove excess water. Reshape and dry flat in the shade. Warm steam iron. Do not tumble dry, do not bleach. Dry-cleanable.