Always on the lookout for cool new ski wear for the winter season, a friend turned us towards this brand of knitwear called FUNI. After a little bit of searching and researching into FUNI, we discovered that not only do they make really awesome looking knitwear like beanies, scarfs and headbands but they also look out for the environment and give back to charity whilst making a name for themselves. The best part is, FUNI was started by a humble chalet girl called Jemma who was doing a season in the Alps when she thought of the idea.
Back in 2007, Jemma decided that working for a large company in a crowded city for peanuts was not her calling in life so she quit her job and headed over to the Alps to do a season snowboarding. Happy to finally be shredding the powder and getting some much needed mountain air, Jemma decided to take up another hobby - knitting. She bought some wool, some supplies and learned how to knit her first beanie on YouTube, her friend loved the beanie and bought it right off her for more than she had paid to make it! This was the start of something big. After spending a few seasons knitting and selling her beanies, Jemma took the plunge and started her company, FUNI which has taken the slopes and the streets by storm.
FUNI is now a fully fledged, ethical and just brilliant company. Spending more time marketing and building her brand, Jemma employs lots of lovely knitting grannies in the UK to make the knitwear for her… perfect!
Building such a large scale company can sometimes come at a price of forgetting some of your morals - this has not been the case in the slightest with FUNI. They stay ethical and environmentally friendly wherever possible; whether it's recycled yarns, vegetable ink in their printers or British granny power instead of cheap foreign labour - they make sure every item comes to you with eco-friendly fairness. "Respect and Protect" all the way!!
Our personal favourites on the FUNI website: www.funiwear.com are the headbands and beanies hands down. AND there is a fun surprise on there which has caught our attention. There is a section on the site called "Hat Designer" where you can.. wait for it.. Design your own beanie. I know, we've spent ages on there already. There are different styles you can choose from and fill in the colours of your choosing, similar to designing your own Nike ID trainer. It's really easy to use and really fun so check it out: here
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