One of my brothers tagged me in an Instagram picture he took of a visit to Faribault Woolen Mills in Faribault, MN the other day. He suggested I check out the company’s story- and I had to share it with you too. In a time when so many products are made overseas, I love finding small businesses that still craft their goods in America. And Faribault has an interesting story too- founded in 1865 this mill is the last standing vertical mill in the US. Still in the same location, and using many century old machines alongside new technology to craft these gorgeous blankets and throws. In 2009 the mill had to close but in 2011 two local businessmen rescued it, reopened it and since then it’s been a wonderful comeback story! George Clooney ordered blankets for the cast of one of his movies, they were featured on ABC’s World News Tonight and now they’ve landed an amazing deal with another very famous Minnesota company (more on that after the jump…)
I adore these wide stripe blankets for beds, living rooms…anywhere.
Stripes. Always stripes.
Either of these would be fabulous in a boy’s bedroom or a bachelor pad!
Natural tones of plaid and stripes (I adore these both!)
I cannot get over the little anchor baby blanket. Should I ever be blessed with a little one, they will be getting this. :)
I love that these blankets and other products are still made on old school machinery by people who take pride in their work, some are fifth generation weavers!
And oddly enough, just when I find out about this company, I also find out they JUST launched a collection for Target! And the products for this collection are made in the same factory as the regular ones. How amazing is that? Any of these items would make awesome holiday gifts- and no, I can’t believe I already am thinking about holiday gift guides- and that Starbucks has rolled out the red cups already. COME ON!
Anyways, back to the pretties (click images for links).