Above: Blankets and throws from Faribault’s new collection.
Home state favorite Faribault Woolen Mills may truly be the Comeback Kid. This year, in honor of its 150th anniversary, it is launching an expansive new collection.
The factory on the banks of the Cannon River was once the largest blanket maker in the United States, but closed in 2009. In 2011, it reopened—re-hiring many of its former employees, who had institutional knowledge of its patterns and ways of doing business—to some acclaim. The fully integrated mill (it turns raw wool into finished products) collaborated with high-end retailers and designers to introduce this fall’s 115-piece collection, the largest since the mill’s revival.
Expect nods to tradition—throws, blankets, and even a revival of the Pak-a-Robe stadium blanket with its own carrying case—alongside the new, luxe Gray Label, a fashion-forward line of premium merino wool scarves in a more neutral palette and larger size. And due to customer demand for its merino pillows last year, Faribault will offer an expanded collection of patterns in that line as well, which should make for a lot of happy sofas and beds.
For more information, visit faribaultmill.com
By Katie Dohman
Photo courtesy of Faribault Woolen Mills