242007-170ProductMelton Wool Belted Coat
Melton is traditionally a thick, firm and heavyweight fabric used primarily for coats and in collar linings. Its solid and wind-resistant surface is achieved in two steps: the fabric is first woven with wool in a tight twill or plain-weave structure, then given a smooth, felted finish, which completely conceals the weave.
The finishing itself involves creating a heavily compressed cloth where the fibres are tightly matted together, then raised and cropped to a uniform length. This results in a dense and non-directional nap with a dull, brushed appearance.
The name comes from the village of Melton Mowbray in central England, where the fabric originated as a material for hunting jackets. It has also been used for navy coats and uniforms.
Artifex is a Romanian apparel manufacturer known for qualitative garments and its use of latest equipment. The fully renovated factory was founded in 2005 after a Swiss couture brand merged with a local Romanian factory. Based in Focsani – on the shores of the Milcov River – Artifex’s home city has a rich textile tradition. Employing about 1,400 professionals, Artifex produces women’s jackets, top skirts, pants and dresses for ARKET, as well as children’s blazers and trousers.