If you know me, you know how much I can’t stand the cold. For the past weeks, however, it’s been freezing here in Holland, with the occasional hail and snow. It started in December, and since then I’ve been wearing the warmest jackets and socks that I have.
There was one thing, however, that was missing from my wardrobe. I did not have any beanie or headband, which was so frustrating because the tips of my ears were constantly cold. So when my boyfriend asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I requested this really pretty peach headband by the Dutch brand Wintervacht.
So, what’s so special about the headband and the brand itself? Firstly, Wintervacht make their products, mainly coats, headbands and mittens, using old blankets and curtains, upcycling them into apparels. As a result, their items have a vintage feel to them, while still being functional. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s one of the most sustainable ways to produce things.
Secondly, their products are locally made by the founders, Manon and Yoni, which means you don’t have to worry about issues like unfair labor and sweatshops when purchasing from them. It also gives you the chance to support independent designers.
When I opened the package that contained the headband for the first time, I was struck by how nice the whole packaging was. It even contained a friendly note from the brand. I was, however, slightly worried that the headband was going to be a bit itchy due to the fabric’s texture. But since the inside is lined with cotton, it’s actually quite comfy, not to mention soft and warm.
Since then, my headband’s been such a good friend to me. It was especially helpful when I was staying at my boyfriend’s parents’ house in rural Fryslan, where the winds are super strong.
What have been keeping you warm this winter? What are your opinions on upcycling? Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think!