Andrew is a Minnesota boy. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, and has lived in Minnesota for his entire life. He loves bonfires, beanies, snow and cold. His closet consists mostly of button-down shirts, a good dose of plaid/flannel, and hoodies. Finding an ethically made source for Minnesota-appropriate headgear was a must- and that's how I discovered Krochet Kids.
One of my Christmas presents to Andrew last year was the Brady beanie and that hat has been worn constantly ever since! I also got the Brady in cherry red for myself (Merry Christmas to me!) so that we could have matching-couple-hats (kidding. I just liked the hat, okay?)
Krochet Kids was kind enough to send us a few new styles to try out this year as the inevitable bone-chilling Minnesota winter approaches: the Reed for Andrew and the Edna for me. (The Edna is on sale right now in four gorgeous colors!)
So, why do I love Krochet Kids? Let me count the ways:
- I have really fine, silky hair and alot of hats slip and slide around on my head. I don't know what it is about KK hats, but they have just the right amount of stretch and hold to stay firmly on my head. Big thumbs up for that.
- Each hat is signed inside by the woman who made it, and the 150 workers employed by Krochet Kids are paid fair wages.
- Krochet Kids is becoming increasingly more passionate about the materials they use (right now most fibers used in the production of KK's hats are synthetic, but that's changing... keep reading) and about the transparency of their supply chain all the way from yarn-making to product-shipping.
- Many designs are Unisex, which means that Andrew and I can swap hats- adding more variety to our small wardrobes.
Andrew says he likes KK hats because (and I quote) "they fit his giant head". He's 6'4" and has really, really thick hair.
Krochet Kids is working on a new endeavor that I'm really excited about- to manufacture "the world's greatest beanie"! What does that mean? It means a beanie that's made from natural, sustainable fibers. It means a beanie that can be traced from the final product perched on your head to the wool on an alpaca's back. And apparently it means lots of gorgeous photos of Alpacas in the Andes. You can learn more about the project on Kickstarter and be one of the first folks to own the world's greatest beanie!
It's inspiring to watch a company that's already "good" decide to take things a step further. I applaud Krochet Kids for asking the question "how much more ethical could our production process get" and taking action to get as close to that goal as possible.