Knitted from premium lambswool blended with a little nylon and Lycra for added strength and stretch, these socks are designed to keep you warm in the coldest, darkest depths of winter. Reaching to just above the knee, they’re based on traditional styles that were worn with Swedish women’s folk skirts, so they provide plenty of coverage. The result is a luxuriously cosy yet slim-fitting pair of socks that you can wear whether you’re tramping in frozen forests or just practising a little fireside hygge
They’re crafted in western Sweden by Öjbro Vantfabrik, a small, independent manufacturer dedicated to preserving the heritage designs and patterns of Swedish woollen garments through beautiful pieces of ‘wearable art’. The Karg is inspired by the simple, rugged workwear used and abused by people living in the toughest and most remote provinces of Sweden.
One such province is Rörö, an island that lies far out in the northern part of the Gothenburg archipelago. Its name comes from the old Norse word “Rör”, meaning reed, and even today the island is known for its vast reedbeds, which attract nature lovers and birdwatchers. The island’s original inhabitants were hunters, fishermen and boat builders, who eked out a spartan existence in this harsh and barren climate.
There are two reasons you’ll fall in love with Öjbro Vantfabrik’s gloves and socks. Firstly, this homely Swedish brand fuse their heritage into each design, incorporating traditional Sami patterns and cultural tales into their woolen garments. It’s a carefully considered design process that affords their garments a story as rich as the material they’re built from. Which leads into the second reason: they’re hella comfy.
Each pair of gloves and socks that Öjbro Vantfabrik produce is crafted from premium wool sourced from ethical farmers and manufactured in eco-friendly factories. The resulting apparel is ludicrously soft and comfortable, not to mention built to endure years of wear, designed to keep you warm no matter the conditions outside.