by Stephen Garner

Lifestyle brand Outerknown has created the world’s first trunk crafted from 100 percent Australian Merino wool.

Teaming with The Woolmark Company, Outerknown’s Woolaroo trunk is a throwback to the golden age of surfing, when trunks were considered equipment and made from a heavy twill fabric. Now, thanks to innovations in fiber, fabric, and manufacturing techniques, a high-performance wind and water-resistant fabric made from 100 percent Australian Merino wool hits the surf, with a strong environmental mission.

Made entirely out of nature’s original performance fiber, Merino wool’s natural benefits come into their own in the world’s first Woolaroo. Naturally breathable and resistant to odor, the Woolaroo is quick drying for post-surf comfort and the fiber’s natural softness and drape offers freedom to move in the waves and on the sand.

“In our constant quest to push the limits of sustainable design and responsible innovation, we partnered with The Woolmark Company to make the first ever 100 percent Merino wool boardshort,” said John Moore, creative director of Outerknown. “This trunk is for a man with a keen sense of nostalgia, who puts style and soul on the same plain as function and quality. We’ve been wearing the Woolaroo since its early development and it’s soft yet strong and the more you wear them in, the better they look.”

“We love collaborating with like-minded brands to push boundaries and chart new territories in sustainable design,” added Kelly Slater, co-founder of Outerknown. “The Woolmark Company’s longtime dedication to authenticity, fiber quality, and supply chain excellence naturally aligns with Outerknown’s ethos, and we’re so excited to launch the world’s first Merino wool trunks together.”

“The Woolaroo perfectly sums up the soul of Merino wool,” commented Stuart McCullough, managing director of The Woolmark Company. “Soft on skin but tough enough to handle the elements, wool is not only the world’s oldest fiber but also the most technically advanced, with modern manufacturing techniques making the best even better. The first of its kind in the world, Outerknown’s Woolaroo is redefining the way we wear wool.”

The Woolaroo is now available at outerknown.com/woolaroo and select retail locations and will retail for $125.