Mac Bishop Wool & Prince Wool Academy Podcast 048

In this episode, Mac Bishop, founder and CEO of Wool & Prince talks about his business. The goal of Wool & Prince is to deliver durable long lasting apparel out of wool. Mac shares his experience on launching his business with the support of a Kickstarter campaign. For the Kickstarter campaign, Mac created a well-known video where he wore one of his wool button-down shirts for 100 days. In the interview, he shares how the video got created and what to look out for when creating a successful video for your product launch. Mac also talks about key learnings and challenges when growing his business.


About Mac Bishop from Wool & Prince

Mac Bishop is the founder of Wool&Prince, an online menswear brand that makes naturally odor- and wrinkle-resistant wool button-downs. When Mac started the company, he wore a wool shirt for 100 days in row to demonstrate the functional properties of wool. After four years in upstate New York at Cornell University and another four years in NYC, Mac moved back to Portland this past summer. Read more about his experience on his blog.

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Nick Armentrout Ramblers Way Wool Academy Podcast 47

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

Key Time Stamps

[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

Wollmeister Berlin Jonas Sanders Wool Academy Guest

Jonas Sanders opened his merino wool only shop in May 2016 under the name Wollmeister Berlin. In his shop, Jonas is only selling a small number of merino wool fashion brands. With his long experience in retail, Jonas takes care to offer brands that not only perform well but also look stylish.

In this Wool Academy podcast episode, Jonas talks about how he came up with the idea to start his merino wool only shop after a visit to New Zealand. He also shares insights about his customers and how he creates new wool fans one by one.

About Jonas Sanders

Coming from a long line of textile engineers, Jonas has inherited an interest in quality and comfort in fabrics. After his postgraduate studies as sports specialist, Jonas managed for over ten years different fashion and outdoor shops. This experience allowed Jonas to study the advantages and disadvantages of synthetic materials. At the same time, he began to discover the versatility of wool.

After a visit to merino wool brands in New Zealand, Jonas decided to launch the first merino concept store in Berlin under the name Wollmeister. In his shop, Jonas is selling clothes exclusively made of merino wool – not just for sports, but also for every other occasion. Jonas takes care to select the most interesting and stylish products from a variety of labels such as Formal Friday, Funktion+Schnitt, Mons Royale, Pally Hi, Finisterre, Houdini and many more. All of the brands he sells use mulesing-free wool and most labels manufacture in Europe. In 2017 Wollmeister Berlin celebrated its first anniversary.


Connect with Jonas here

Wollmeister Berlin website

Wollmeister Berlin on Instagram and Facebook


Overview of the interview with Jonas Sanders

[spp-timestamp time=”0:51″] About Wollmeister Berlin
[spp-timestamp time=”05:05″] About Jonas Sanders and how he came up with the idea for Wollmeister Berlin
[spp-timestamp time=”07:19″] The decision to make Wollmeister a brick and mortar shop and not an online shop.
[spp-timestamp time=”08:57″] How the city of Berlin is important for the Wollmeister shop
[spp-timestamp time=”12:43″] What does the typical customer of Wollmeister Berlin look like
[spp-timestamp time=”13:50″] How much does a Wollmeister customer know about wool?
[spp-timestamp time=”14:55″] Wollmeister Berlin customers are returning customers
[spp-timestamp time=”15:50″] What do customers ask?
[spp-timestamp time=”17:00″] How is Wollmeister Berlin using Social Media
[spp-timestamp time=”18:39″] Experiencing wool, where it comes from, is vital for business owners down the supply chain.
[spp-timestamp time=”20:39″] The disconnect between the clothes we wear and the fibre.
[spp-timestamp time=”21:37″] Wollmeister’s biggest challenge during the launch phase.
[spp-timestamp time=”22:50″] Sourcing of merino wool brands
[spp-timestamp time=”24:35″] Future plans for Woolmeister
Mac Bishop Founder of Wool and Prince

In this episode we talk to Mac Bishop, founder and CEO of Wool & Prince delivering durable long lasting apparel out of wool. Mac shares his experience on launching his business with the support of a Kickstarter campaign and how his famous video was created when he wore one of his wool button down shirts for 100 days. Mac also talks about key learnings and challenges when growing his business.

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