Different Types of Shearling
Sheepskin is the hide of a sheep or lamb. One side is the hide, the other is the fur or the wool as it is called in the industry. Basically, you are wearing the hide of a sheep inside out. It is this combination of hide and the soft wool against your body that provides the amazing warmth. Shearlings come in an incredible variety of texture, thickness and quality.
Shearling can be soft or course, have long hair or short, can be light and airy or thick and dense. But the absolute best shearlings originate in Spain and Italy, from the Merino and Toscana sheep. A new line of Micro-Shear Shearling™, introduced by Blue Duck, is among the lightest and warmest variety available in the industry. These textures lend themselves to a variety of styles, from week-end casual to city chic.
Even a novice can easily recognize a fine quality garment with a few easy tips. It is important to look for uniformity of color and texture. A single shearling coat is made from between 7 and 18 individual skins. Always look for evenly matched quality throughout the garment. The outside should be smooth and uniform and the wool or fur on the inside should be dense, silky and smooth. As with any garment, you should make sure that the shearling fits well and that the material does not sag or droop. Above all, use your judgment and good taste: if it looks good, it probably is.