Local production with local materials
The Løkka Beanie combines local production with local materials and local design.
The wool is organically certified and comes from Norwegian lamb, which is then spun to yarn at Hillesvåg Wool Factory. The great thing about Norwegian wool is that it is a pure product, and excess from meat production. When a Norwegian sheep grazes in the pasture, it also acts as a very positive factor for the environment. It contributes to a biologic diversity that is essential for many other species in the ecosystem. In addition, Norwegian wool is very strong and durable, which means that you get a product that will last a long time.
The yarn is sent from Hillesvåg to Oslo, and is knitted to beanies in Grünerløkka. The women who knit the beanies are immigrants that (until recently) have been unemployed, and are now employed by us through Laget, Quo Vadis. Quo Vadis is a communal workshop for adult immigrants with little or no education from their home country. Fall of 2019 two women are hired to knit our beanies.
As a Norwegian company based in Oslo, one of our goals is to bring the value chain closer to ourselves and the market. This is important in many different ways, not to mention for the climate and for giving a positive contribution to the craft. Textile production today is mainly done in Asia by very underpaid laborers who do very repetitive work. Our dream is to revitalize a healthy textile industry closer to the market.