Front Runners December 2015: Royal Treatment

Merino sheep earned the sobriquet “the gift of kings” in the 18th century, when Charles IV of Spain gave several of the fine-wooled animals to fellow royalty in other European nations. Today a wool called the Gift of Kings is the newest material enticement from the luxury clothier Loro Piana ( The superfine wool (12 microns in diameter) graces a limited series of outerwear, sweaters, and scarves, including this Yorkshire jacket ($23,785) and burgundy scarf ($2,875).  

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