Give winter a pop of color! The new Mischa Lampert melange beanie features three wintery wool colors knit together to give this classic beanie a colorful pattern! Made from 100% merino wool from New Zealand, this beanie is unbelievably plush and the perfect accessory for a chilly day. The wool for the hat is hand-spun in Mischa’s Soho loft, and then hand-knit.Read the brand story
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- 100% merino wool
- Handmade in U.S.
- One Size
- Dry clean only
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The Brand Story
It all started with a German princess. Well, sort of. Mischa Lampert began making hats when she was 18, the year that she moved from Holland to London. While in school there, she became infatuated with the fashion trends of the time. “This was in 1994, when recycled clothing was happening: the Belgium movement of Magella and Dries Van Noten. That’s what kind of brought me to fashion.” That year, Mischa started making one hat every day for herself, but was soon approached by a girl who offered to sell her hats in her booth at the Portobello Green market. “As I was dropping them off, a girl named Cecile came up to buy two hats.…This girl changed everything.” Cecile, who turned out to be a German princess, showed Mischa that her hobby could be a business. “So that was the tipping point.”
Mischa sticks to the classics: timeless pieces that you can collect and wear forever, with a little bit of spunk. She doesn’t draw inspiration from the places one might expect, she says. “I’m not the designer who says, ‘Oh, I was at an Indian spice market and I saw the colors and I was so inspired!’ It just comes. I sit there and think about what I want to wear.…I just make.” Mischa hand-spins the raw hair on a wheel in her SoHo loft, so the entire process is electricity-free. She hand-finishes each and every piece, but has a few extra hands on deck: a woman who does all of the starters and a team of girls from the Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons. But it doesn’t feel like work, Mischa says, “because spinning and knitting is very relaxing… In my loft, we sit and we knit together and watch movies and talk. We all become friends.” Um, can we come?
The History of Merino Wool
There’s a reason Mischa’s hats are so incredibly soft (and it’s not just the love she puts into hand-making every piece). It’s the merino wool. Wool comes from sheep, and merino is a specific breed with what is considered the softest and finest wool. The sheep were introduced to Spain by way of North Africa, where the Phoenicians had begun to breed them. By the 16th century, Spain was famous for its merino wool. The country maintained control over this trade by punishing those who exported merinos with death. In the early 1700s, however, small exportation from Spain allowed other countries to start their own flocks, including one in Vermont in 1802. Mischa gets her wool from New Zealand. It comes to New York washed, combed, dyed and ready to be made into something wonderful.