Noteworthy #071: Wooln Handmade Knitwear

You just have to look to the runways, shopping malls, and Etsy shops to know that there isn’t a short supply of knitwear companies. However, Wooln, a New York City-based company, is differentiating itself by hiring mostly retired women to craft its handmade luxury knit pieces.

Founders of the company, Faustine and Margaux Badrichani, handle the business end of Wooln, which gives a group of elderly women the opportunity to handle the creative side. Specifically, this year Wooln has collaborated with nine senior knitters. All the knitters, who shoppers can learn more about via the company’s website, are retirees, women, and live in New York.

Made from pure wool blends in cashmere, alpaca, or merino, the company offers a variety of hats, scarves, snoods, and headbands for both men and women. Standout styles include the Off Duty Model hat, Netflix Addict hat, and Pirate’s Girlfriend headband.

Wooln’s inclusive creative process, as well as its stellar lineup of product, is not only heart warming, but also needed. Obviously, the age of a women doesn’t negatively impact her ability to create, inspire, or contribute to a work environment. Acknowledging this, like the company is by giving these retired women a fun, new opportunity, is super important. Plus, whether you’re looking for a holiday gift or a new cold weather accessory, it’s nice to know that the clothing company you buy from has a more philanthropic mission that you want to be a part of.

For more information abut Wooln and to shop the company’s collection, visit wooln-ny.com

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.
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