We believe that understanding truly transparent and sustainable wool production is an important step towards a new, fairer fashion system. In a world where commodities are becoming more scarce and our focus is shifting from property to functionality, wool’s renewability and unique characteristics make it stand out as a material.
The Knitwit Stable wants to restore wool’s reputation as a luxury product that’s produced with respect for people, animals, and nature. Due to its devaluation, the majority of Dutch wool is currently used as waste product and stuffing material. That’s a shame, because we produce around 1.2 million kilos of it each year. To promote sustainable and innovative applications of Dutch wool, we started developing yarn and bespoke garments in a sustainable and animal friendly way.
Our knitting studio in Baambrugge has 17 knitting machines for various uses that we rent out to students and professionals. When using this machine you also hire the knowledge of one of our employees. We also rent out our studio as a workplace to educational institutions, students and designers.
Sustainability starts with chain transparency. Unfortunately, animal fibres usually come wrapped in a cover of sustainability issues. Carbon footprint, methane, land and biodiversity, animal welfare, shearing management, chemicals, and working conditions are usually difficult to check. We want to show that it doesn’t have to be this way. The Knitwit Stable analyses your entire supply chain, proposes improvements for sustainability, and connects with the right parties to successfully and efficiently implement these changes.
The Knitwit Stable is the only Dutch initiative that puts the entire production chain on display in our master class “From goat to garment, from sheep to shop.” We teach fashion professionals everything they need to know about the supply chain of wool. Being at the heart of the production process offers a refreshing view on your own role in this chain. This allows you to make well-informed decisions.
With our own brand we make sweaters, cardigans, shawls, and caps for which we use our own animals’ wool. The brand is our way to put our money where our mouth is: we’re not merely claiming that sustainable Dutch wool production is viable, we’re demonstrating it. Besides our own, we use sheep, alpaca, and mohair wool from likeminded Dutch breeders and farmers. The combined materials are made into stylish, sustainable, and fair end products.