The West-Strand 100% Wool Range is handcrafted in my little factory (as I like to call my Workshop) right on the Atlantic Coast in the small village of Strandhill in Co. Sligo, in the North-West of Ireland.
From cutting the fabric, hand sewing the slippers, sewing the rest of the West-Strand range on my good old Pfaff industrial sewing machine to all the finishing touches, it’s all done by me. As all work is handmade, variations are part of the unique process of creation. So every product is one of a kind.
The 100% wool fabric is called walk. It’s made in Austria in a small town near my home village. The wool is knitted first then hammered for strength and all that process is done in the oldest Walkmachine in Austria.
The Shetland wool which is used for the walk is perhaps the completest article of a kind in the universe, possessing at the same time, the gloss and softness of silk, the strength of cotton, the whiteness of linen and the warmth of wool which is the finest of all native breeds.
I also use 100% natural cotton without dye for the 20 layers that make up the lining of a pair of slippers.
A coat of natural rubber gives the 100% wool felt sole grip.
The logo tag which I stamp every single one individually, brings a bit of colour into my West-Strand range and are also made out of 100% cotton.
Did you know,…
Wool as a natural material is one of it’s a kind, with its natural wool fleece insulation keeps you warm through reflecting the body heat on cold days and on the warm days it keeps you cool through its air pillow. It also is water resistant, air permeable, and absorbs/stores moisture.
Wool is disinfecting and antibacterial so it resists the build-up of smell and dirt, and this effect strengthens with fresh air.
West-Strand by Nina
Inspired by the Cold & for the Love of Wool