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      Live Boldly Blog — Sweaters

      Holiday Looks Sure to Make a Smash!

      Holiday Looks Sure to Make a Smash!

      Its that time of year again.  We are excited about Fall- the smells, the tastes and, of course, the fashion!

      Fall is in full swing in the mountains of Colorado, flakes are flying amidst brightly colored foliage and the holiday season is creeping up fast.

      Finding the perfect piece to wear for Thanksgiving and the numerous holiday parties that pepper your winter season isn’t always easy, but at Krimson Klover we have whipped up a few looks that are ideal for all your outfit needs.

      The merino wool Zigs and Zags tunic in ruby and charcoal is the perfect way to add holiday cheer to your wardrobe without sacrificing style. Pair it with black skinnies and dressy black boots for your holiday work party. Looking chic has never been so luxurious!

      Has the spirit of the season got you in the mood for love?  Whether you are seeing someone new or loving who you are with, dressing for date night just got easier. Stay warm and look fetching in the merino wool Wander Dress.  Dress it up with over the knee boots and our Sweet As Honey tights and take on the town in designer knitwear. The Wanderer is also great for a date night at home; You can look cute and be comfy curled up on the couch with a great movie and your special someone.  A versatile sweater dress for all your date night needs!

      For the fancy holiday party that has got you confused on what to wear, try the Glinted Sunset hand painted dress. This elegant knitwear dress is unique and sophisticated, making it perfect for a night out this winter. Pair it with earrings and sexy booties and wow the crowd at your next holiday soiree.

      Eco Friendly Wool - Fashion With a Conscience

      Eco Friendly Wool - Fashion With a Conscience

      As spring approaches the real wonders of nature peak out from under the snow and the grass turns green.  Spring makes it clear that there is a world out there that needs protecting and nurturing.  At Krimson Klover we take our commitment to the environment seriously, that is one of the many reasons we use high quality, eco friendly wool that is held to the highest of standards.

      Wool is an eco friendly fiber that requires far less processing than other materials used for clothing.  Our wool is sourced from farms that treat their sheep humanely and take animal husbandry practices seriously.  In addition to using ecologically sound practices on the farm, our wool is processed in facilities that are certified not only “for their quality, but also for their compliance with international ecological standards.” From the farm to the factory our wool is an environmentally sound material.

      Not only does our processing have a minimal impact on the environment, wool naturally possesses a variety of other characteristics that make it a sound choice for a green lifestyle. A completely natural fiber, wool will biodegrade when left in the elements, but as far as clothing is concerned it can withstand quite a bit of wear.  As active people with a zest for style we enjoy the fact that wool will hold up wear after wear, so we can slip into our favorite sweater for years to come. Other benefits of wool include that it doesn’t absorb odors making it a great fabric for active wear. It is a breathable material, which allows it to keep you warm when you are cold and cool in the summer.

      Wool has also been gaining traction as a hypoallergenic fiber, as it repels dust mites and absorbs contaminants in indoor air. As we become increasingly conscious of our impact on the environment, wearing really cute and comfortable clothing doesn’t have to drag you down. At Krimson Klover we are making sure we have the sheep, the workers and environment’s best interest in mind and your style doesn’t have to suffer.

      For more information on our wool check out Luxurious Merino Sweaters Begin on the Farm and Biella Yarn  

      Photos Courtesy of: Nora Shaughnessy, Biella Yarn, coast2coastNZ.com, Nora Shaughnessy

      The Designer Sweater is Born – The History of Knitwear

      The Designer Sweater is Born – The History of Knitwear

      Knitting is an ancient art that has evolved and transformed from a craft to make household items to a post Industrial Revolution industry focused on fashion and eventually – the designer sweater. It all can be traced back thousands of year, but the actual place and date are a bit of a mystery. Some say 400’s in Egypt some say 700’s elsewhere, but the hard evidence is from the 13th century where artifacts were found in tombs of royal monastery in Europe and especially Spain. More and more knitted fabrics for everyday use began to appear in archeological finds dating items to the 14th century. Then came stockings for women in the 16th century made from wool and even silk for royalty like Queen Elizabeth I. The 17th and 18th centuries were flooded with knitting in the Scottish Isles where the Fair Isle technique of creating patterns with multiple colors began and they went wild with sweaters, socks, hats and more.

      Then came the Industrial Revolution when wool spinning and cloth manufacture increasingly shifted to factories and large-scale machinery. Women worked diligently to produce all kinds of knitted items and the idea of knitwear as sportswear was born. British royalty and the Paris designers brought knits to fashion status with The Prince of Wales began wearing Fair Isle sweaters to golf in and Elsa Schiaparelli, Patou and Chanel mass producing sweaters. By 1933, Pringle of Scotland was making fashionable sweaters of cashmere, and they introduced the twin set shortly thereafter. Designer sweaters have changed and evolved over the past 75 years – going through trends varying from simplicity to elaborate decoration, bold colors, mega patterns and everywhere in between.

      Today some of our favorite sweater designers include Vince, Eileen Fischer, and of course Krimson Klover.

      Click here for more, in-depth history of knitting

      Fall 2013 Styles to Get Excited About

      Fall 2013 Styles to Get Excited About

      Fall 2013 Styles to Get Excited About

      SIA and OR were a success for the KK team.

      Everyone was coming to check out our new booth, chock full of amazing ultra fine merino dresses, skirts, sweaters and accessories.

      Bolshevik sweaters and Ridley skirts

      The space dye trend is still on fire, as far as, top sellers you can look forward to wearing the Bolshevik tunic sweaters and Ridley skirts. Both fabulous warm chunky knits are available in three colors. These designer knitwear pieces will pair perfectly with leggings or our great Cable tights.

      Our patterned skirts were also top sellers at the shows, they pair so well with our Stripe in Time turtlenecks for a fresh mixed pattern look or with the Skye turtlenecks for a more subdued, but equally chic look.  Personally, I can’t wait to rock the sassy and chic patterns next winter.

      Merino wool sweaters

      Merino wool has never looked so good and the crowds agree. The Lola Grey-straight off the runway- was a big hit, with its flattering tunic shape and bold geometric pattern. This dress is a perfect day-to-night piece.

      Space Dye Trend

      Krimson Klover brought the space dye trend over to the sporty side with the Cool Cat zip up sweater.  Après attire will be a cinch in the fresh fun colors that coordinate seamlessly with the bright hues seen in ski wear for Fall ’13. 

       

       Accessories

      Keeping with the obsession with accessories, we really upped the anti on our line up this year with tons of printed tights and fun socks, as well as, exciting and fashion forward scarves. Come fall we can bundle up in style.

      We are so excited for these fantastic designs to hit the racks in August!

      Luxurious Merino Sweaters Begin on the Farm

      Luxurious Merino Sweaters Begin on the Farm

      The luxurious merino knitwear that you have grown to love from Krimson Klover begins on the farm.

      Our wool is sourced from Biella Yarn, an environmentally conscious company that takes great pride in their product. Biella Yarn works closely with their merino farmers. Allowing them to set high standards for grazing, animal husbandry, and livestock conditions. If our merino products are any indication - happy sheep make for only the most comfortable wool.

      Look Great in Biella Yarn

      When you slip into one of our many designer women’s sweaters you can rest easy. Because not only do you look great, you can feel great about them too. Biella Yarn is dedicated to creating a “perfect harmony between natural raw material (wool) and highly advanced processing technology”. In addition to taking great care of the sheep, they make sure to uphold the highest of environmental standards.

      Dedicated To Sustainability

      Environmental protection and socio-cultural commitment are of the utmost importance. Biella Yarn is continually improving their standards for environmentally friendly practices by investing in energy saving state-of-the-art technology. Also, through decreasing their use of water through use of innovative waste water treatment and water purification without the use of chemicals. Additionally, offsetting their use of electricity with their own photovoltaic and solar power production. Lastly, through cutting diesel consumption and not using any hazardous chemicals while greatly reducing the use of non-hazardous chemicals.

      Feel Great In Biella Yarn

      We love Biella Yarn products and we can feel good about using them in our designer sweaters that are 100% renewable and biodegradable. Fashion with a conscious, that’s something to get excited about!

      Photos Courtesy of Biella Yarn