{Favorite Find} Icelandic Designs

There are few things that say Scandinavian like a beautifully knit sweater, don’t you think?

Here is one of my favorite:

I had the pleasure to meet the lovely gals of Icelandic Designs at the Outdoor Retailer show a few weeks back. I’ve always been a fan of these lovely hand knit sweaters and loved learning more about their founder and their story.

The founder “Gerdur Kristjansdottir founded Icelandic Design in 1984 in Boulder, Colorado. Originally from Iceland, Gerdur began the business of designing beautifully embellished Nordic sweaters with her mother, who hand knit pieces for friends and family.

The traditional Nordic patterns,  hand embroidery and exceptional craftsmanship found an immediate market in the states. The resulting company grew to take over an entire building in historic downtown Longmont, Colorado.  Soon Newari, a hand knit sweater line crafted by women in Nepal, sprang from a mutually beneficial relationship between Nepali artisans and Icelandic Design.  Icelandic employs approximately 850 Nepali women to produce this line.

In 2007 The categories Metropolitan (a sophisticated line of boiled wool jackets with European flare) and Dottir (an exquisitely embellished line of coats and luxurious sweaters) were introduced.  Icelandic also debuted their highly successful line of accessories, which includes hand knit hats and gloves crafted in wool (in Nepal) and alpaca (in Peru).(taken from the Icelandic website.)

Her granddaughters are even featured in the ads (two outer girls):

As much as I love skiing, these sweaters and hats kind of make me want to hang out at the ski lodge.

There are also these darling doll orniments that I’m going to get for my daughter:

Newari icelandic Fairy Ornaments

You can watch a fun video and see the sweaters in action:

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In this video: The Kamala (Or Kathmandu) sweater filmed by Sundance Catalog

As a favor to YOU for reading this post, ICELANDIC DESIGNS is are offering a sweet deal for 40% off at

http://www.apparelvalley.com Simply use pro code of “INTHEBIZ” at check out.

I also found these gloves on clerance at Apparel Valley for $7.99!

Follow Icelandic Designs on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IcelandicDesign

I fell in love with the most beautiful little girl sweaters. The kids’ sweaters won’t be available for purchase until late summer 2012, but stay tuned!

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