We're proud to share our unique history
which dates back six generations
The Toorallie story began almost 200 years ago in 1825 when
George Garnock arrived in Australia from Scotland. After a decade
of working with the Macarthur family to develop Australia's first
Merino stud, George decided to go out on his own and realise his
lifelong ambition to produce the finest Merino wool in Australia
Riding south to the Monaro district in New South Wales
George was one of the first squatters in the region.
Establishing his own Merino sheep stud near the town of
Bombala, George was a true pioneer and helped settle the area.
George's sixth generation descendants the Smiths continue his
legacy with Toorallie, founded in 1990 and named after the family's
sheep property located near George's farm. Toorallie was the next
chapter in a long tradition of working with elite Merino wool.
Toorallie started out manufacturing jumpers in the nearby country town
of Bombala, utilising the historic Olympia Theatre. With a massive
investment in state of the art Japanese machinery, Toorallie's first success
came from pioneering the three dimensional Hi-Tec knitwear of the time.
Proving hugely popular this set the brand up to expand quickly with
broad brand recognition and international distribution.
In the early 2000's manufacturing became uneconomical and
the burden of debt was inhibiting performance of the brand. Without
change Toorallie's Australian manufacturing collapsed, ushering in the
start of the next generation to take the brand forward.
Today Toorallie continues to specialise in designing and producing
high quality Merino products. The Merino fibre remains the cornerstone
of our brand and the life passion of everyone involved, including George Garnock's
sixth generation descendants Simon and Stephen Smith, executive directors of
the company along with Peter Small of Quality Softwools Australia since 2004.
We have expanded our range beyond traditional knitwear to
include MERINO-DENIM™, t-shirts and polos, merino-twill, merino-fleece,
accessories and in 2018 the first summer bamboo-merino collection was launched.
Toorallie's focus is to create Merino garments of exceptional design and quality.
Garments that last, that our customers love the wear.
In 2018 we opened our Flagship store in Clifton Hill, Melbourne.
A store that reflects the brand and our values. We currently have
over 150 independent stockists in Australia and New Zealand.
In the current climate of sustainability, we consider the Merino
fibre, and the garments that can be produced from it, as more relevant
than ever. Wool is renewable, long lasting and insulating, and
provides real benefits to the wearer and to the world in which we live.
Toorallie and the logo are registered trademarks of Quality Softwools Australia Pty Ltd