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Soul Comfort was born from a simple need.
Many years ago, I was a young mother who needed slippers for her newborn daughter's tiny feet. Slippers that would keep her feet warm and durable.
When I made that pair of infant slippers for my little girl, I discovered I had made what people were looking for. The slippers were so durable and attracted so much attention that I began making them as gifts for friends and family members, and then as items to sell.
Soul Comfort Sheepskin was born.
But my love of all things wool goes back earlier.
I grew up in Quebec, the daughter of two Dutch parents who survived WW2. They instilled in me the values of natural materials. In fact, I frequently heard them say that if it were not for wool, the soldiers in WW2 would not have made it. The wool socks combated foot rot, and the underwear, sheepskin jackets and overalls for the aviators helped them survive in planes with no heat.
As a talented seamstress, my mother taught me how to sew and make patterns from an early age. This inspired me to start creating patterns for clothing and other items. At the age of nineteen I took a job with a furrier in Quebec where I learned how to work with high quality furs and discovered the soothing qualities of lamb’s wool. I decided that I wanted to create patterns for sheepskin and wool because of the many healing and comforting properties that it has.
Today I have gained experience working with leather, sheepskin, sheep's wool and hemp.
I work with wool not just because it is a passion but because I believe that natural fibers are the way of the future for people and the planet. My vision is that the world returns to the use of natural fibers and that the healing benefits of wool reach those who need it most - such as patients in hospitals and people near the end of their life.
Wool is incredibly comforting and healing, and I am honored to continue the tradition of working with this natural fiber.
From humble origins, Soul Comfort has evolved into a huge range of products to meet the specific needs of our customers.
I take suggestions from people who request products and develop patterns for these items. Every time I develop a new product, I take my design out to the public to get feedback on how it can be improved. I then modify the patterns or create new designs that better serve people's needs.
Over time, people with different needs and requests have led me to develop a variety of styles and products, and now I have five different products: sheepskin slippers and accessories, wool bedding and accessories, medical slippers and accessories, wool vests and jackets, and a new line of pet jackets, beds and accessories.
We now have several employees, but remain a home-based cottage industry. We promote our products in small local shows and exhibitions, at trade fairs in major cities and online.
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