Wol Hide creates easy wear for living in. Each piece is created with quality production focused on the craft of knitting, subtle details and textural elements. We use natural, organic and deadstock materials as much as possible with minimal dyeing or chemical processing, choosing fibers for how they wear on us and on the environment.
Started and run in Philadelphia by Leah D'Ambrosio who designs with a holistic approach. There is a thoughtful process behind each piece for how it will affect the environment, how it will interact with the wearer and how to make it garment that you want to keep forever.
Alpaca - we use a lot of alpaca in our sweaters. It's an extremely sustainable fiber. Alpacas themselves are much gentler on the earth than other animals. The animals come in so many natural colors so you can achieve beautiful color without dyes. The fiber is extremely durable, soft and incredibly insulating.
Pima Cotton - the fibers in Pima are longer than most other cottons, creating a very soft and finer fiber.
Color Grown Cotton - Cotton used to grow in several shades of tan, brown and green. These breeds originated from the Andes and were almost lost due to large commercial farming choosing to only breed the white cotton we know today. There are small farmers trying to bring back this heritage breed and we are so happy to have found a company in Peru who makes a soft, organic yarn from this cotton.
Deadstock yarns - deadstock yarns are factory waste, they are unused materials from overproduction. Since we are a small company, we're able to take advantage of this and use up some of the waste. They don't believe that using any waste yarn is ok, they are still as selective as with new materials regarding the fiber content.
Organic Cotton - Their cut & sew Easy pieces are made with a 100% organic cotton that is grown, processed, knit and sewn in the USA. The processing of the fabric is done sustainably, using low impact dyes and plant derived alternatives to harsh chemicals. The processing is all done in a circular system that recycles, reuses and treats any waste water.
Their sweaters are made in Peru. They work with a small family run factory for their industrial machine knitting. Their quality is impeccable both on technical machine work and with their detailed hand finishing work.
Thy also work with a small artisan collaborative for handknit and hand-loomed pieces. The knitters are able to work from home so they can earn a living while still caring for their families. With them, they have been able to figure out how to use deadstock waste yarns, using up quality resources that would otherwise be discarded.
Cut & sew easy pieces are made in Pennsylvania. They work with another small family run factory who offers fair jobs to their community.
Natural Dyes - they work with a small woman owned natural dye house close to our studio and factory in Pennsylvania. They use rain water for a lot of their washing processes and non toxic mineral mordants for the plant dyes.