Ministry of Supply, The Grommet team up on space-age sweater

Seamless ventilation panels in the Mercury sweater maximize airflow and help keep wearers cool. Photo via Ministry of Supply.
Seamless ventilation panels in the Mercury sweater maximize airflow and help keep wearers cool. Photo via Ministry of Supply.

Ministry of Supply, the Boston-based fashion outfit that uses space-age materials in its designs, has been on a roll as of late, having opened storefronts on both coasts within the last eight months.

The company continued its recent run of success with the launch of the all-new “Mercury cardigan” this week in collaboration with The Grommet, a Somerville firm that helps small companies and individual entrepreneurs bring their products to market.

The sweater uses a blend of wool and “phase change material,” a high-performance synthetic developed by NASA that has been used in Ministry of Supply’s earlier button-downs and jackets.

“This is a product that we’ve been excited about for awhile,” said Ministry of Supply co-founder Aman Advani. “When we started designing the Mercury sweater line, we focused on how to get the fabric to bring the performance of wool, but at the same time to have an extra dose of performance, getting back to our DNA.”

They retail for $168.

Ministry of Supply was founded by Kit Hickey, Kevin Rustagi, Gihan Amarasiriwardena, and Aman Advani, who met at MIT, and creates clothing geared towards active individuals made out of technologically advanced materials. They opened their first brick and mortar store on Newbury Street last year and added a second outpost on San Francisco’s Fillmore Street in January.

Both teams agree that the partnership with the Grommet helps Ministry of Supply reach a national audience.

“We’ve been big fans of Ministry of Supply for a long time, and we’ve known them since earliest days of their business,” said Joanne Domeniconi, who is Grommet’s co-founder and chief discovery officer. “The guys on the Grommet team are always wearing their products.”

“It’s a good time for us to help them out with the launch of the Mercury cardigan,” she added. “They are looking for national reach and exposure and we can provide that.”

Dennis Keohane was a Senior Staff Writer for BetaBoston.
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