People ask me all sorts of questions at craft and trunk shows. Two of the most asked questions are answered on a previous post you can read by clicking here. Another popular question is
Why Xmittens? Sometimes this means the name (pronounced ex-mittens), sometimes the product. Here is an answer to both:
Why the name? Well, when I first started making these in 2004, I was making them in extremely small batches of 3-5 gloves. There was no sizing and no consistency, but they were selling out. At that point, I knew I needed a good name for the line. I asked a few creative friends to put their thinking caps on and we came up with Xmittens. “X” as in “X” out the fingers of the gloves and make them obsolete. I thought it was super cool to have an “X” in the name and the rest is history.
Why Xmittens the product?
Xmittens are eco-friendly! Xmittens are vegan (not made using any animal products such as wool), super soft and hypoallergenic for those with wool allergies. Also, they are made using fleece that has post-consumer recycled polyester content. The fleece is made in the U.S, as well as all the labels and thread, so there is smaller carbon footprint on my materials acquisition than many other manufacturers.
Xmittens are totally stylish! The neat-o, design-savvy three-dimensional thread stitching made with my industrial serger makes these a great accessory for men and women alike, plus it makes them a super durable (which can be difficult to find in an outerwear item).
And you support a small business that gives back to her community and beyond! Last year, I donated portions of my profits to several groups including the World Wildlife Fund and Sierra Club, plus the Carnegie Library system. This year, I donated over $500 worth of Xmittens fingerless gloves to Animal Friends, a no-kill shelter in Pittsburgh, to be used as incentives for dog-walking volunteers and will be donating again to the Carnegie Library system (access to the library is powerful and life-changing) amongst other organizations. Have a favorite cause that might be able to use Xmittens? Let me know!