Voormi Wool Apparel

High-tech performance gear, made and manufactured in Colorado

by Adrienne So For the past few years, Pagosa Springs, CO-based company Voormi has garnered recognition for two accomplishments. Their patented Core Construction technology weaves technical fibers directly into merino wool, which means that a warm, comfortable Voormi hoodie is just as weather-protective as a squeaky softshell. Moreover, most of their garments are made in Pagosa Springs, which brings skilled manufacturing jobs to a mountain …

WAH-WAH Australia’s Unconventional Knitwear

Collaborating with local bands for bold, intricate sweater designs

As the season of the “ugly sweater” approaches, the marijuana-themes and Tumblr-esque designs abound, but one label—WAH-WAH Australia—has taken a different (albeit still delightfully gaudy) approach. Helmed by Kaylene Milner, WAH-WAH creates unconventional and very playful sweaters made in collaboration with local bands. Think of it as a concert merch, but in knitted form. Featuring designs that are anything but subtle—one is a trippy tribute …

Handmade Kobeiagi Kilims

Preserving a traditional craft, while bringing its design to the present day

Kilims are traditional hand-woven wool rugs from the Balkans and were once a ubiquitous feature in the homes of former Yugoslavia. But like so many other traditional items, kilims have somewhat fallen out of favor with younger generations. Designer and illustrator Nina Mršnik and architect Ivana Blaž (who met while they were at university in Italy) have made it their mission to bring back the …