Nick Armentrout Ramblers Way Wool Academy Podcast 47

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Nick Armentrout is the Supply Chain Leader at US retail brand Ramblers Way. Majority of the Ramblers Way products are made out of wool, sourced directly from US based wool growers. In his interview, Nick explains the whole Ramblers Way supply chain from farm to shop. Nick talks in detail about the Ramblers Way target group and how the company plans to grow long term.

About Nick Armentrout

As Ramblers Way’s supply chain leader, Nick oversees the sourcing, processing, and conversion of natural fibers to the finished fabrics that create our products. He enjoys working with raw materials from nature and thinking critically about the lifecycle of Ramblers Way products.

A 25-year animal agriculture and organic farming veteran, Nick has learned on his feet at Ramblers Way since 2009 and appreciates apparel designed for long-term utility and use. His role includes maintaining relationships with individual ranchers as well as manufacturers of yarns, knit and woven fabrics and the dye houses that color Rambler’s yarn and fabric. He also manages certifications of manufacturing operations, such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Cradle to Cradle©.

Over the course of his career, Nick has managed four small businesses for others, and two of his own, throughout start-up phase to maturity. Nick is also a Saltwater Institute veteran where he educated students on Values-Based Business Models, which for the Chappell family emphasize: 1) Quality 2) Sustainability 3) American made 4) Family Owned and 5) Transparency.

Nick holds a BA in English from Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland. He participates in Maine Farm Bureau, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Draft Animal Power Network. He has lent his skills as a volunteer to gardening, farming, and equine therapy organizations. Nick and his wife, Sarah, run Spring Creek Farm, an organic horse, sheep, hay and grain farm that also serves as the host facility for Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports for children and adults with disabilities.

Connect with Nick Armentrout and Ramblers Way here

Ramblers Way website

Ramblers Way Twitter account

Ramblers Way Instagram feed

Ramblers Way YouTube channel

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[spp-timestamp time=”01:06″] About Nick Armentrout

[spp-timestamp time=”02:40″] About Ramblers Way

[spp-timestamp time=”04:32″] The story behind Ramblers Way

[spp-timestamp time=”06:40″]  The values of Ramblers Way and how that lead to sourcing wool

[spp-timestamp time=”11:59″]  The journey of Ramblers Way wool from farm to shop

[spp-timestamp time=”15:24″]  How the organic standard GOTS enables Ramblers Way to source wool from outside the US

[spp-timestamp time=”17:43″]  Ramblers Way target group and their understanding of wool

[spp-timestamp time=”23:27″]  Challenges at Ramblers Way

[spp-timestamp time=”26:07″]  Nick’s perspective on onshoring of knitting industry

[spp-timestamp time=”29:15″]  Biggest learning from the Rambler’s Way journey

Willy Gallia Fuhrmann Wool Acacemy Podcast 45

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Willy Gallia of Fuhrmann in Argentina gives insights about why and how the company committed to growing and processing organic wool in the wilderness of Patagonia. Besides feeling that it was the right thing to do, it took a long breath before this strategic step was also reflected in the bottom line for the wool growers as well as Fuhrmann.
Willy Gallia explains that brands and retailers, as well as the end consumer, now show a growing interest in sustainability, animal welfare, desertification and origin of fibre, all of which organic wool can give answers to easily. Willy talks further about life in Patagonia where experiencing nature and living in communion with nature are part of everyday life, something that the urban consumers wish to connect to. Social media now gives the possibility to do just that.

About Willy Gallia and Fuhrmann

Willy Gallia is the commercial representative at Fuhrmann S.A. based in Trelew in the South of Argentina in Patagonia. Willy is responsible for the Northern European, Central and South American and Asian markets.
Fuhrmann, a family owned and run business is part of the family run G. Schneider Group.  Fuhrmann is specialised in buying and growing its own organic wool on a growing number of 13 farms with close to 300.000 sheep. All is washed and combed in the Trelew based mill in accordance with the GOTS organic standard.

Connect with Willy Gallia and Fuhrmann here

G.Schneider website

Instagram account of Will Gallia

Facebook account of Fuhrmann

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[spp-timestamp time=”00:57″] About Willy Gallia
[spp-timestamp time=”02:01″] About Fuhrmann
[spp-timestamp time=”05:46″]  The history of Fuhrmann
[spp-timestamp time=”07:35″] Why did Fuhrmann commit to growing and processing organic wool
[spp-timestamp time=”09:24″] What makes organic wool organic? What is special about organic wool
[spp-timestamp time=”14:37″] Was it difficult to convince wool growers to switch to organic farming
[spp-timestamp time=”17:36″] What is special about Patagonia
[spp-timestamp time=”19:14″] Why Fuhrmann is open to input from consumers, brands and retailers
[spp-timestamp time=”20:38″] Collaborations with brands and retailers
[spp-timestamp time=”22:17″] How is Fuhrmann using Social Media
[spp-timestamp time=”24:34″] What the Patagonia lifestyle has to offer
[spp-timestamp time=”27:06″] Does the consumer see a difference between organic wool and conventional wool
[spp-timestamp time=”28:21″] How to connect with Fuhrmann