Temperatures have finally begun to dip here at Heddels HQ and that’s when wool resurfaces its fuzzy head into our homes and wardrobes. We’ve got just the tickets from the historic Faribault Woolen Mill Co. via our friend Sam in New York. Faribault Woolen Mill Co. was established in 1865, right after the end of the Civil War, along the Minnesota’s Cannon River. And over 150 years later, they’re still doing it much the same, completely vertically integrated to make a soft and hard wearing product that will last for generations.
Our friend Sam of Strauss-Malcolm happened upon a run of historical US Navy blankets that Faribault had simply forgotten to print “US NAVY” onto, so they were labeled as seconds.
Sam kept some of those blankets whole but made others into zip-up vests in the Garment District of New York City. I’ve had one of the prototypes for a couple years and I’m thrilled that it’s finally time to wear it again. We just received the last run of vests along with the all the remaining Faribault blankets Sam had on hand.
Faribault blankets typically retail for over $400 but since these are seconds (for no reason other than the lack of a US NAVY print), we’re able to offer them for less than half. They’re big, about 90″x70″ and each is nearly 5lbs. of 100% wool, most of which is a natural cream color with a single blue stripe at each end.
The Blanket Vests are made from these same blankets and cut with that stripe at the collar and the back rear of the vest. They’re zip up, unisex, and accented with blue poplin piping on the hems and two patch pockets. They’re live on the site now, but these are the last of their kind. So once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.
Available at Heddels Shop.