Purity of the dolomites

 

”The feeling and the respect for the material is very important and something that you don’t find where there’s a mass production. For example, our leather experts know it’s from an animal,  so they don’t just cut it anywhere; they know where the skin is more stable and they take care of how it looks,” they tell.

 

Their main products are blankets, covers and head collars. The wool is never dyed as it ruins the qualities of the fibers – the resistance to dirt, rain and sweat and the ability to adapt to the changing temperatures.

 

”Today, people have horses for different reasons. If you look at the market for equipment,  catalogues are ten times as thick as they used to be. Now you can buy new collections in new colours.

 

But quality did not rise proportionally with that growth.  For us the main idea is to make something that’s real and sustainable – products which lasts longer than one season.”

 

”I always knew about the felt and the different kinds of wool that my father said worked the best for the horses but no one seemed to make them anylonger. Now people come to us with their woolen blankets that they use for their horses  – even if they were not made for it.”

 

Polos for humans are next in line, in an extra fine merino wool.

 

”If you’ve had an exhausting ride and someone comes up and pats you on the shoulder to congratulate you, it is quite sticky as you sweat in the traditional polyester,” the designers tell.

 

Most ideas, however, stay in the drawer as they’re still a small company. The most important thing is to forge their dna and getting more people into the fold.

 

”When we exhibit at shows people are not just looking; they come in to our stand to touch and feel the products with their hands. The feed back we get is very good. People say that this is what they waited for for ages and their reactions confirm our work.”

 

“The people that we work with must also be enthusiastic and enjoy what they’re doing, ” they add. “Our tailor worked at Roberto Cavalli’s atelier in Italy,  and she was very exited about our project when we contacted her.  She was doing couture and we talked about horses and she just said, why not? Now she’s been doing blankets for dogs and  horses for over three years and we are constantly developing and improving sewing-patterns with her. She’s a real gem.

 

 

Sheep in the Dolomites provide the wool

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