Socks, mugs and hats are pretty much a standby Christmas present for half of the country – they always seem to be a safe, yet inexpensive, choice for the person who has everything. The problem is, they’re pretty much always a rubbish present that end up in the back of a cupboard or drawer, never to see the light of day again. They’re not the most thoughtful of choices, given as they’re very often grabbed from M&S at some point towards the middle of December and don’t often reflect the recipient a great deal at all. Until they do! We have been lucky enough to be sent a beanie hat from ethical clothing manufacturer Sherpa to try out in the lead up to Christmas, and I think I have found the perfect present for that special someone in your life who values ethical production and good design.
We have reviewed Sherpa clothing before, and were incredibly impressed with the company’s ethical credentials then. Sherpa’s clothing is inspired by the heritage of Nepal, where 57% of their clothing is manufactured. They are looking to increase the level of production in Nepal all the time, but they currently provide both employment and investment to communities in Nepal, which is far more sustainable than straight charity. They also provide education and scholarships via the Sherpa Adventure Gear Fund – it’s the epitome of the “give a man a fish” proverb, and is the true definition of sustainable. Anyway, that’s all well good but finding an ethical gift is only half of the story when you’re buying for someone who values such products; the present also has to look great, work well and be superb quality too.
We were sent a Nitya hat to try out – Sherpa have a massive range of some incredibly cool woolly hats on their website, so I was pleased the choice of hat was taken away from me as I would have been completely stuck for choice. The Nitya is a beanie hat (no bobble), and is handcrafted from 100% lambswool in a small women’s co-op just outside Kathmandu. Available in three colour options (green, white and blue), they all feature a geometric background pattern with bold flowers stitched over the top. As well as the outside being made from 100% lambswool, the Nitya also features a Polarfleece internal lining, which has moisture wicking properties, keeping your head warm, dry and comfortable.
I am delighted with my new hat – the green colours on mine are absolutely gorgeous and it goes perfectly with a number of my coats and jumpers because it is so understated. The chunky knit works really nicely with the design and the whole thing looks really effective. But the most important thing is just how comfortable to wear this hat is!
It fits my (according to my other half) massive head, and is very comfortable. I have been wearing it quite frequently for the past couple of weeks, even when it hasn’t been cold, as I love it so much and it is keeping its shape perfectly. The lambswool plus the fleece lining are incredibly soft yet they have a little more structure than every one of my other hats, which seem to have lost their shape and sagged quite quickly, possibly due to my humongous head! No such issues with this hat, which has simply been comfy and cosy but without giving me a sweaty head which is a massive bonus.
It looks great on, is very comfortable and cosy to wear and the quality is clearly excellent. This added to the fact that anything from Sherpa is clearly a fabulous choice for the ethical shopper make this a great gift option to give at Christmas, and a truly thoughtful present. At £25, I think it is great value for money and as I said, the range is massive and there really is one for everyone so you can choose just the right one to give. Hats need no longer be a last minute, emergency Christmas present!
For more information or to buy online visit www.sherpaadventuregear.co.uk.