Now that most people sleep under a duvet, many wool blankets are not in use anymore. Often still in great shape and more often than not with some pretty funky patterning, these blankets can definitely continue a new life. Smart upcycling: Wintervacht (“winter fur”) turns these blankets into warm and fluffy wintercoats.
I for one love a good blanket, it’s nice to snuggle up on the couch, and save on heating. Manon van Hoeckel had a couple of blankets lying around in her house as well, and one day decided to turn one into a coat. After a flood of positive responses, she decided to team up with her friend and fellow sewer Yoni van Oorsouw to start Wintervacht. They cruise second-hand stores, flea markets and recycling facilities for blankets. After washing, each blanket gets turned into two short coats or one longer model.
Just as ice cream sellers venture into other businesses during the winter, Wintervacht turns into another niche market when it gets warmer: summer clothes made from curtains. This is one major Sound of the Music flashback yes, but if you can look past that, it’s another form of smart upcycling and some of the prints are just lovely. Go Wintervacht!