The Shepherd of Sweden Philosophy
There is a word that Shepherd have followed since the very beginning, a word that has guided them throughout the years - Natural. It is at the core of everything they do.
Quality and control also comes naturally for Shepherd. They take responsibility for the whole chain - from the buying and preparation of the raw skins, to the final product.
Their skilled craftspeople still do most of their work by hand. With more than seven decades worth of experience, they know that hands and fingers are unbeatable tools when it comes to taking care and producing the right feel.
Where do Shepherd of Sweden's sheepskins come from?
Most come from New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Iceland and Sweden although they are constantly on the lookout for beautiful sheepskins all over the world. To be sold as a Shepherd sheepskin however, it must satisfy their strict requirements concerning the quality of care of the sheep.
Are the sheep reared and slaughtered simply for the sake of their skins?
No, not for Shepherd. Their sheepskins are a by-product of the meat industry, therefore they make use of this material that would otherwise go to waste.
Do Shepherd use merino wool?
Shepherd do not use merino wool as they cannot guarantee that mulesing has not been carried out on the sheep (mulesing is the removal of strips of wool bearing skin from around the breech/buttocks area the skin, to prevent fly strike). Shepherd adhere to a strict Code of Animal Treatment which ensures that all of their skins come from sheep who have been well taken care of and who have been raised in a free-roaming environment.
Shepherd and REACH
Shepherd comply with the EU's chemicals legislation and in addition they send products for random sampling to SATRA, an independent analysis institute in the UK.
How are Shepherds Products prepared and made?
In order to guarantee that their products are made under decent conditions and to maintain the highest quality, Shepherd have their own factories. It means that they keep monitor the entire chain. From the tanning and dressing of the hide to the stitching, all the way to the final product.