Woolrich, Pennsylvania (August 20, 2013) — Woolrich, the venerable outdoor brand, is supplying ReFleece, an eco-designer from Somerville, MA, with wool fabric, damaged garments, and other textile scraps that would otherwise have gone to waste to create stylish and functional iPad sleeves and other accessories.
“We have very little waste in our woolen mill, and what we do have often is too small to be usable, or used in our recycling process,” said Patrick Nebiolo, Woolrich Executive Vice President. “That ReFleece can take these scraps and breath new life into them in the form of their cases is truly amazing.”
Founded in 2011, ReFleece produces protective and functional cases for electronics from upcyced material. Until now, ReFleece was crafting cases soley from fleece jackets, collected through Patagonia's Common Threads Initiative, or from a scrap of Polartec fabric that could not be used by their customers.
“We are so excited to be working with Woolrich,” said Sam Palmer, founder of ReFleece. “Using wool from the nation’s oldest continually operating woolen mill in our cases resulted in a truly iconic case. We’re also proud to work with a company with such a long history of American manufacturing; all of our products are made here in the USA.”
Using heat and pressure, ReFleece melds the wool with a recycled fleece, primarily from plastic bottles and carpet fibers, to form the cases.
The Woolrich x ReFleece collection includes sleeves for the iPad and iPad Mini as well as a an e-reader case and a number of catch-alls and coasters.
Since 1830, Woolrich has made clothing for Americans to do their jobs and follow their passions outdoors. Founded by John Rich on the simple idea of making the best quality woolens for area woodsmen and settlers, Woolrich is now recognized around the world as The Original Outdoor Clothing Company. Woolrich carries on the tradition of its founder by making purposeful products for people to enjoy and explore the outdoors. The Woolrich Woolen Mill, located at the company's headquarters in Woolrich, Pennsylvania, is the oldest vertically integrated woolen mill operating in the United States, producing renown made in USA woolen fabrics sold to discerning brands worldwide. Learn more about Woolrich, its apparel, fabrics, accessories, home and outdoor products at www.woolrich.com.
ReFleece believes that a well-designed product can make life more interesting, and that making the world a better place is everyone's responsibility. Our company was founded by Sam Palmer and Jennifer Feller, a husband and wife team committed to great design and sustainable practices. With many years working in the design, outdoor and solar industries behind us, we are proud to be bringing this expertise to our own products. Please learn more about our story, our products, and our mission at www.refleece.com.