Deep in the heart of Namaqualand, after driving many miles through deserted landscapes, you’ll come across the Gerber & Co family farm, a hidden gem in the extreme landscapes of Bitterfontein.
In 2017, Stefan Gerber, well-known at KAMERS events for his Boer & Brit wines, decided to expand his business to start manufacturing Merino wool products for both men and women, named Tough Love. Gerber & Co doesn’t believe in fast fashion but rather that each Merino wool jersey is an investment for years to come. The jerseys are 100% natural without any synthetic or polycotton materials used – only the best of the best. Each garment is carefully hand-crafted with 100% organic local Merino wool.
The sheep roam free around the farm and only get hand-sheered once or twice a year, avoiding added stress for the animals. Once a sheep is sheered for your jersey, it simply grows another one for the next Gerber & Co customer! All garments are then hand woven with this fine quality wool, ensuring an itch-free, snug fit. Merino wool contains natural elasticity, also ensuring no sagging or stretching of your jersey.
Stefan is proud to employ 25 full-time workers on the farm and an additional 20 during peak seasons. As Gerber & Co is a family business, they thrive on empowering their local community. Each garment made provides an essential income for the Namaqualand locals throughout the year while teaching them the skills to make high-quality clothing.
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Stefan describes Gerber & Co’s Tough Love garments “like the people of Namaqualand – tough and enduring but also relaxed and comforting.”
At KAMERS/Makers we pride ourselves in our ethically inclined and sustainability driven vendors – Gerber & Co being the perfect example of just that. We believe that every KAMERS/Makers visitor should be able to invest in hand-crafted, original and top quality garments.
Find Gerber & Co ‘Tough Love’ at the 2019 KAMERS/Makers shows:
Discover more of Stefan’s story in the beautiful video below.
Photos: Gerber & Co