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A Coastal gem: Getting hygge

A Coastal gem: Getting hygge

The Slipper Factory has been handcrafting genuine washable lambskin items on the Sunshine Coast since 1984. Susanne Nielsen took over in 1998 and quickly became a driving force within the craft show circuit allowing her to expand the reach of the Slipper Factory throughout BC and Alberta.

Over the years Susanne has embraced the challenges of manufacturing on the Sunshine Coast with product diversification and aligning product synergies. The Slipper Factory has become like the Danish word “hygge” (pronounced hue-guh). It means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.

Upon entering the Slipper Factory your senses are heightened to attention as the natural aromas of leather and wool greet you, your hands float over the textures, you feel them calling out to you as if they know your desires.

Their alpaca collection is designed in collaboration with a family-based group of indigenous artisans in the Andean mountain range of South America.  The artisan alpaca collection connects you to their long textile tradition.  It is stronger than mohair, smoother than silk, finer than cashmere, warmer than wool, non-itchy, breathable, light-weight, water-repellent, hypoallergenic, hand-loomed and fairly traded.

Resisting mass-scale production, the Slipper Factory strives to connect their customers directly with the rich cultural tradition of each individual piece. They support sustainable manufacturing through fair trade practices. Kid Mohair socks, for example, are washed, cleaned, carded and spun all in the same Canadian plant where they are manufactured.  Mohair thermal socks and ankle socks are made from 85% mohair inside so that the foot is only in contact with the natural fibre, while the outer coloured layer of nylon/spandex sheath ensures elasticity. These mohair socks are warmer, more resistant and softer than woolen socks and prevent perspiration. The foot is always dry. They are ideal for sports, hunting and fishing, hiking and outside work. Maintenance is easy: machine wash and rinse at the same temperature (warm or cold water) and hang to dry.

The Slipper Factory imports chrome free tanned sheepskins that are a by-product of the New Zealand free-range meat farming system. It is a more sustainable environmental process that meets or exceeds European Standards under the European REACH Regulations. This results in products you can trust that support you and the environment. Sheepskins have been the heart of the Slipper Factory since it first opened. The sheepskin rugs come in multiple sizes and are used for decorating around your house, boat, or RV as well as keeping you warm. Adding one to your favorite chair or sofa this winter season will create a sense of hygge in your home.

Sourcing as much local materials or products as possible is important to Susanne and Raymond. They always carry the most comfortable lambskin slippers and insoles in a wide range of sizes and ship them around the world providing that extra comfort that will make someone’s day much more enjoyable.

The Slipper Factory is more than a slipper store. Their perennial store favorite is Pollen sweaters. These pure wool sweaters are beautiful, warm, machine washable and dryable and last forever. And they are crafted right here in BC. They also carry Canadian-made wool bedding and leather moccasins that are great for both winter and summer because of their comfort and breathability.

Turkish bath towels, hand towels and pillow cases are hand-woven, ethically processed and direct from artisans, allowing for confirmation of fair wages and environmental standards. These towels are beautiful for the home and they only get better with age. They also carry plush cotton and bamboo bath robes that are extremely soft and of high quality.

Australian and South African sun hats have been a staple at the Slipper Factory. These wide-brimmed hats, made for keeping your face shaded in the sun, also work for protecting you from the rain when hiking or walking your dog during our Coastal rainy season.

With a focus toward material traceability, environmental sourcing, fair wage accountability and ethical practices, Susanne and Raymond have built a company that is committed to products and suppliers who provide impeccable quality and craftsmanship. All the while, keeping it hygge.

– Collaborative

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