Meet the makers behind your hat.
If you were to look through your wardrobe, would you know exactly where your clothing was made and by who’s hands? In this day and age of fast fashion, we think it’s important to take a step back and ask the question who made my clothes? In order to combat the throwaway culture of today’s fashion industry, the ideal would be to make more responsible and informed choices as consumers.
Here at Wonky Woolies we are a close-knit team, excuse the pun! We don’t mass produce, outsource production or churn out new designs every season led by the latest trend. Above all, quality ethical design is important to us and all our products are knitted and handmade in Kelso. Our workshop is based in the Borders, the very heart of the Scottish textiles industry, which dates back to the 13th century!
As a small-batch manufacturing company, we can ensure that every product is hand-finished to the highest of standards – right down to the trimming of each pom so your hat reaches you in perfect condition. We are not a big corporation but a bunch of cheery people who love what we do!
And with that, we would like to introduce you to our team.
Shirley has been with us for over 2 years now and is a dab hand at the linking machine. She grew up in Birgham and is now a Kelso resident. At home, she lives with her husband Ralph, her two dogs Gracie and Esme, and her three cats Phoebe, Jacob, and Denzel.
How did you get involved at Wonky Woolies?
“Ralph works at Stuart Douglas, the hardware store. He came home one day and told me there was a new knitwear business opening up in the unit next door. I phoned several times to see if they had any jobs available. I think I harassed them!”
Where did you gain your linking experience?
“I worked for Lyle and Scott, which had a garment-finishing plant in Kelso, for 14 years. When I started I was only 16 and earned £33 for a weeks work – which seemed like a lot to me at the time! I used to work with jerseys and jumpers on the greasy linker.”
What is your role in the workshop?
“My main role is linking but I can put my hand to anything! It is so varied, we’re not always doing the same job everyday.”
What is your favourite thing about working at Wonky Woolies?
“My affections with Ruaridh, he greets me at the door every morning! One of the best thing is how fast the day goes by, all because we enjoy what we do here. You come in in the morning and before you know it, it’s 5 o’clock.”
What is your favourite product?
“My favourite is the new Dogtooth hat in Silver. I love the colours.”
To conclude, here at Wonky Woolies we believe it’s important to put a face behind the brand name. We hope that our customers can attest to the high quality of our products and the friendly service we provide.