Sunday, July 20, 2014



Wool is a  naturally performing fiber ---that's sustainably sourced and nowadays, often blended with synthetic techy strands ---for the ultimate in insulating breathable warmth, temperature regulation, anti-odor, shape retaining and non-static/fire retardant blessed-fashioned into stylishly wearable, easy care separates.

Inger Bjørnbakken won the 1958 World Championship Slalom contest skiing in a Dale of Norway sweater. Fast forward a bunch of decades, and the classic Alpina sweater -in 3 ply Norwegian yarn is offered in women's/men's $299
 Heritage labels are in vogue…for good reason. There's a lot of 'authentic' design elements-that appeal to today's consumers-especially with brands that refresh their archival winners into modern day durable items.


DALE OF NORWAY -born in 1879…is still made where it all started…just outside Bergan, Norway.

For its upcoming 2014/15 collection, classic ski looks from the the mid 20th century get reintroduced for today's outdoors bound.

RESULTS: Patterns of tradition updated with modern flair- functional knitwear-produced from 100% Norwegian wool ---plus the workhorse performance merino wool-'left alone'-or weatherized via proprietary know-how---including innovative yarns such as technical knitshell™ weatherproof -water repellent wool-laminated to  Polarwind membranes for efficient moisture management-windproof/breathable properties, and comfort wool stretch.

Fløyen Jacket Reworked
DALE OF NORWAY---offers five collections---Tradisjon (traditional -unisex), Eventyr (feminine classics), Reworked (retro knits updated-longer/slimmer silhouettes), Sport (knitshell™ 3 layer laminated garments), and Outdoor (burly thicker knits for outdoors).
color ranges pure basics…navy, white, black,  cream, grays…sweaters/long cardys, coats, jackets/vests

Jeger Vest -Outdoor soft warm with snap outer  pockets

Nørefuell Jacket-waterproof Sport

New label Voormi takes on a crowded space of the apparel market-basics and mid-layers, by offering uniquely sourced and made in the USA…top tiered separates that are sleekly designed---like the kind of insulation fashionistas would want to wear.

colors…available F/W collection 2014...
Founded in Colorado by guys from different professions---Voormi developed essentials starting with carefully sourced and sorted merino wool-nature's performance fabric-impressively acquired form Rocky Mountain dwelling sheep...
The Thermal II Top with Dual Surface™ Precision Blended Wool-fine micron wool Rocky Mountain Highcountry Merino™ on the outside…super thin layer of high performance wicking yarns on inside...

moisture wicking and super soft

The resulting knit/woven fibers= supercharged Rocky Mountain Highcountry Merino™wool is then blended with synthetics into woven wool fabrics - Dual Surface™ (base layers -two thicknesses), and Surface Hardened™ mid-layer fabrics.

FYI: Set to deliver in limited numbers.
Minimalist aesthetic in the design of this 3Layer jacket-clean cut like military or Italian  attire- AN/FO Jacket 4 way stretch woven wool laminate-DWR treatment +waterproof membrane-made from Surface Hardened™ Technical Wool---with matching pant

interior pockets-zipped+mesh
Drift Jacket High-E Series made from DWR rested Surface Hardened™ Thermal Wool mid layer


Julia Ford USA Alpine Olympian 2014 lends a hand (+poles) to Winter Trails…a 501 c(3) that encourages cross country skiing and snow-shoeing-calorie burning activities - easy to learn…anywhere there is snow on the ground. AND January 10, 2015 -Free Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing with equipment and instruction provided -nationwide at nearly 100 venues.