meet the maker with bare knitwear

WHAT’S HAPPENING
Meet the Maker x Bare Knitwear
November 28 1-5pm

Kelsey Adair from Vancouver company Bare Knitwear will be popping up in the shop this weekend with pieces from her 2015/16 Collection.  Made from natural shades of 100% Peruvian apalca wool, Kelsey has created a line that celebrates artisanal practices in combination with modern designs. The collection is designed in Vancouver, and made by a group of skilled women Kelsey has met and worked with while visiting Peru. Each piece is carefully hand crafted and celebrates the unique skill of the artisan who made it.

In addition to featuring Bare Knitwear 2015/16 collection, Kelsey is also the maker of our Everdeen throw, a chunky throw blanket knit here in Vancouver exclusively for Nineteen Ten.  Made from 100% lambs wool, the Everdeen throw is truly unique with a beautiful stitch that sets it apart from other throws.  Perfect for getting all cozy under, and will add texture and warmth to your overall room decor.  Each throw is made to order with 5 colour options. We invite you to come down to talk with Kelsey about custom ordering an Everdeen throw for that special someone this holiday season!

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What are some of your tools, materials and processes?
I design and sample the pieces and patterns in my Vancouver studio. After the design has been established, I collaborate with a family run alpaca farm in Peru and a group of female artisans for the production of the Bare Knitwear line. Working with the alpaca farm in Peru enables us to source the highest quality alpaca in a variety of natural shades. Each piece is hand crafted and can take up to 12 hours to produce; whether hand knit, hand crocheted or crafted on a machine. Using ancient artisan techniques allows us to produce one of a kind pieces that celebrate the unique skill of the artisan who made it. Through the production of knitwear, we are able to support and provide the ladies in Peru with a fair stable monthly income!

What is the goal behind your brand ?
The goal for Bare Knitwear is to combine heritage artisanship with modern design and a high quality fibres to create timeless pieces that communicate a story to the customer.

What do you love best about what you do?
The people! Through Bare Knitwear,  I have met so many inspiring people that I wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity to meet. Whether that’s a customer, a store owner I have partnered with, one of the Bare Knitwear knitters or a fellow small business owner. I really feel as if there is a community of like minded individuals around me who share common goals.

What/Who inspires you?
Much of my design thoughts are sparked while out in nature on the north shore, spending time by the water and in the forest. I’m also inspired when I visit Peru, there is something about the warmth and serenity of the dry hills and cobblestone roads that plays into each collection. The thought and visualization of where I want Bare Knitwear to be in five years time, is constant inspiration and motivation for myself to keep going every day.

Next Meet the Maker: Dec 5 with Vitruvi Modern Aromatherapy  1-3PM

 

 

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In true Meet the Maker form, we will have fresh brewed hot apple cider and cookies to enjoy in the afternoon. AND let’s not forget the giveaway… come by and enter to win a Bare Knitwear grey MITCH HAT !

Q+A with Bare Knitwear

Who are you?
Kelsey Adair-designer and owner of Bare Knitwear.

What do you make?
I design specialty scarves, hats and throw blankets by combining ancient artisan techniques with 100% natural alpaca fibres. I work with a talented group of female artisans in the Peruvian Andes who hand craft each collection.

How did you learn to do what you are making?
Growing up I spent every weekend in Whistler at my grandparents cabin. After a day on the hill, my Nana would sit with me and teach me the basics of knitting. I used to pump out dish cloths! Later, in high school I expanded my skill set by learning to crochet by spending hours making hats. After learning the basic skills I watched lots of tutorials and there was (and still is) a lot of trial and error with any new design.

What were you doing before Bare Knitwear?  
I have always worked in apparel, more recently I worked as a wholesale sales rep for a jewelry line and as a store manager and accessories Buyer.

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