Making beautiful things is one thing. Making them really well is another. For us, a thing isn't beautiful unless it's also made right. And this means choosing the absolute best quality - in both materials and workmanship.
We scour the world for the best sources for fabrics, yarns and trim details like buttons, leather trim, metal bits, and buckles. And we continue to work closely with our partners, refreshing the color palette, and tweaking the fit, fiber, shape and feel of each piece until we’re satisfied – even if it’s been in our collection for years.
Hat, scarf, mitten or belt – every thing we make reflects the devotion to detail that makes us Pistil. It’s what sets us apart, and it’s what delights our customers. Maybe only you will know that the lining of your charcoal gray Pistil hat is a bright, satiny pop-orange floral print – because others can’t see it until you take it off. And maybe only we know that a certain belt buckle took us 10 years to perfect. But these are the things that give us pleasure to do, and it’s why people love their Pistil things. When someone writes to tell us about the spark of delight they experienced in a just-so, felted-flower detail on their favorite hat, it just strengthens our conviction that the details really do matter. It’s all part of making our things have that special, indescribable something.
When we refer to a piece as being knit by hand, it means a person made it, Some knitting machines can’t handle super chunky yarns, or certain kinds of yarns, so hand-knitting actually opens the door to more yarn varieties, more colors, more textures, and different fibers. And it expands our creative parameters when coming up with ideas for new hats.
After 9 years in the business of making the small but special, we are convinced that the art of making things right is the art of making things well. And we remain committed to designing simple, clean and flattering pieces, in materials that feel good and hold-up over time. Here is a little background on some of the materials we use...
lana cotta boiled wool / Italy
Boiled wool, only better. Lana Cotta starts with 100% pure, new Schoeller wool and a one-of-a-kind, 50-year-old Italian knitting machine. The result is a proprietary knit that’s ideal for the boiled wool process. Once “cooked,” the knit is especially dense, beautiful, and warm. And since every dye color has a different reaction to the time and temperature factors in the process, each Lana Cotta product is unique.
boiled wool / Italy
We take 100% pure, new Schoeller wool yarns, traditionally knit them in a fine-gauge, then put them through the boiled-wool process. The result? Knits that are dense and warm, in quietly delicious tonal colors.
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You’ll notice that many of our styles are made of blends – acrylics mixed with wool, angora, mohair, alpaca, and synthetics like nylon. Each combo lends itself to a desired texture, effect, look and/or feel. This gives our line a delightful breadth in what we can offer when it comes to factors of softness, drape, fuzziness, loft, durability and warmth.
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We offer a full range of hat styles in 100% acrylic. For those with sensitivity or allergies to wool, acrylics offer a soft, durable and easy-care alternative. Even for those of us who can wear wool, acrylics these days come in a beautiful variety, and are a great choice for anyone.
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Our leather belts are made in India, mostly of buffalo hide. We use a variety of treatments to achieve pattern and textures. Accent details include tarnished metal studs and clips, heavy-duty stitchwork, hole-punching, and decorative braiding.
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Our woven belts are hand-made in the Peruvian Andes of 100% wool. Each belt is a one-of-a-kind work of art, custom-crafted for Pistil. A Fair-Trade product, when you buy one of these belts, you are supporting an environmentally sustainable industry and the continuing practice of traditional skills in indigenous communities.
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