Today’s post will not be about Bjorn's knitting experiences or techniques – in fact, it’s not even knitting related. Today we want to share with you a new project that has been in the making for a long time and now the project has started.
As you might know, SKEINO collaborates closely with organizations that employ people with special needs in Germany and the US.
We were looking for a high quality, inexpensive product that would appeal to everyone.
While most of the hand dying of our yarns is done in Germany, our partner in Florida, LARC, Inc. is helping SKEINO with the packaging and labeling of our products that we send out every day.
Well, we thought there is still more we can do and since Bjorn is also a master weaver, together with the people from LARC we came up with an idea: Why don’t we take high-quality machine-made woven scarves and have them packed by the people with special needs to generate more work and thus more jobs?
So we contacted the market leader for high-quality machine-made scarves in Germany, V. FRAAS. They are well known for making shawls for all kinds of big fashion brands and they were kind enough to do business with our partner LARC.
Together we were looking for a high quality, inexpensive product that would appeal to everyone. Also, we wanted something that would be made in Europe or the US in order to ensure great quality and support the businesses there.
Cashmink is a synthetic fiber that is finer than any natural fiber, 20% softer than Cashmere and water resistant. It’s also Hypoallergenic and produced in an eco-friendly way. We all thought that sounded great!
The result of this is the LARC Woven Scarves: They are made in Germany and packaged here in the USA by the people with special needs. Every scarf will come with a label that has a photograph and name of the person who packaged it, as well as their signature.
The material used is called Cashmink, a fiber trademarked by FRAAS. Cashmink is a synthetic fiber that is finer than any natural fiber, 20% softer than Cashmere and water resistant. It’s also Hypoallergenic and produced in an eco-friendly way. We all thought that sounded great!
The first boxes full of scarves arrived at LARC yesterday and now they will be labeled and packaged by the people with special needs.
As a first step, we will add the LARC scarves to our offer on SKEINO in the gift section later this week. The next step is contacting regional and national businesses in the gift sector. It’s a small start but you never know where it might take you.
If you own or know a business that wants to support the people at LARC by purchasing these scarves wholesale, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to forward it to the right person at LARC. Thank you.
As always, if you have any questions or recommendations please let us know in the comment section!