Free YYC & YYG Local pickup
free shipping within Canada on orders over $150
Why and How it all Began
Growing up cashmere was like gold. My mom was obsessed with it. She would never get rid of her cashmere, regardless of how dated or worn it was. She would always find it a new home or purpose.
When our son Isaac surprised us arriving a month early, in the coldest winter in almost eighty years, it was recommended he wear a toque around the clock. The toques available for his tiny head did not fit properly and were not cozy. At the time I was living in my mom’s hand-me down cozy cashmere sweaters. Who doesn’t love being snuggled in cashmere, while snuggling a baby? I thought, I need to wrap Isaac in this. That is when I started sewing.
My Husband Logan and I both grew up on Prince Edward Island (PEI). We have both been living in Calgary for almost 14 years. We are lucky to call Calgary and PEI home. Fernwood is the boulevard where I grew up and where I visit my parents when we are on PEI.
I am committed to creating long lasting cashmere toques that are sustainably, ethically, and locally made with style & comfort at their forefront.
Please play and explore in your FW toque, unsnap the pompom and wash with care when required. When your little one has outgrown their FW toque, please pass it on!
Giving New Life to Cashmere
Have you ever had a beautiful cozy cashmere sweater that just did not fit right, the style was a little dated or just not flattering?
Those are the sweaters I use from my own collection (thanks mom), or I find and purchase for Fernwood Kids.
I love the idea of giving a new life to something that should not have been put in the corner, “no one puts cashmere in the corner”.
After picking the perfect sweater, I wash it on the extra delicate cycle, with delicate detergent. I know most would hand wash but that is just not for me. I then shake and shape the sweater and hang it to dry. Always reshape your cashmere when it’s damp
Once it is dry the magic happens!
I completely deconstruct the sweater and figure out how to get the maximum number of toques. You may have noticed some of the toques have an extra seam or three. Those extra seams are me making the most of the sweater, making sure there is minimal waste. All hems, labels and pom snaps are hand sewn.
Every toque is unique and when the line is sold out it is gone!
Origin - Cashmere gets its name from Kashmir, a small region overlapping India, Pakistan and China. This is the home of cashmere goats. Cashmere can only be collected in spring, the season of molting. This small window frame makes the wool quite rare, and adds numbers to the price tag.
Insulating - Thin fabric with great insulation properties (approximately three times that of sheep's wool). The soft and dense material can keep users warm even when it is -40 °C, although it is only a few millimeters thick.
Hypoallergenic - Cashmere fiber is similar to that of sheep wool. However, it is characterized by a lack of lanolin, rendering it hypoallergenic. As some other sweater materials cause redness, itchiness or other reactions on sensitive skin, cashmere is typically comfortable for all skin types.
Hygroscopic - It absorbs moisture from the air and is inherently breathable. It absorbs and releases water vapor water as humidity fluctuates. You can wear it year round without getting too hot or too cold.
Longevity - Cashmere does not stretch or fade. If taken care of properly, it will retain its shape for a lifetime. Well-made cashmere will get even softer as it is worn and washed and it rarely pills. Goats’ fur, like human hair, gets fluffier and more luscious after a wash.
Care - To ensure the quality of cashmere is maintained, hand-washing or washing on your wool/silk cycle, with cold water, low spin, are the best methods to use when cleaning. Baby shampoo can be used to add an extra layer of softness and fluffiness to the texture.
Cozy Cashmere to play and explore in.
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Cozy Cashmere to play and explore in.
Free Local Pickup Info
We offer free local YYC pickup in the Renfrew area. Use the "Free Local YYC Pickup" shipping option at checkout.
If you do not mind waiting a week or two, we offer free shipping to PEI with local pickup in the Charlottetown area. Use "Free Local PEI Pickup" shipping option at checkout.
Please do not use these options if you can not pick up in person. Once your order is ready we will notify you by email with pickup details.
Shipping and Return Policy
We cannot make any changes to your order once it has been placed (including item size/colour/quantity, shipping address and shipping method) so please double-check everything before you pay!
We use flat rate shipping costs within Canada. Our rates are subject to change.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for US and International shipping rates.
Free shipping within Canada on orders over $150.
You will receive a email with shipping confirmation and tracking number as soon as your order has shipped.
We aim to ship within three business days of your order, though as we are a small family run company, during busy times or sales it may take longer.
We want you to love our products as much as we do. If there is something that is not right about a product that you receive please let us know!
We will happily accept exchanges and refunds on unwashed, unworn items within 14 days of receipt, with the original tags and packaging intact. If the item is "local pick up", this 14 days starts at time when the pickup email is sent.
All items purchased on sale (during a promotion, sale event, or with a discount code) are final sale - no returns, exchanges or store credit. No exceptions.
We do not offer price adjustments.
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Toque: Remove pom pom, wash as you would your dedicates (cold and delicate cycle or hand wash), shape and lay flat to dry.
Pom pom: Hand wash the pom pom and lay flat to dry. Once the pom is dry use the cool setting on the hair dryer to fluff up.
Please avoid heat and hot water for the toque and pom pom.
Community is everything!!
We are so fortunate to have such an amazing and supportive community; family, friends, neighbours, other small business owners and more, without them there would be no Fernwood kids.
We're devoted to giving back to our community as much as we can.
Here are a few of the incredible causes we support:
If you are interested in carrying Fernwood Kids, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and wholesale pricing