Biking five miles to her apparel design classes at Seattle Central Community College, Katharine Andrews learned the power of wool in the the rain. So she founded Telaio, which makes stylish wool clothing for everyday cycling.
The Riding Reporter’s Anne-Marije Rook spoke to Andrews about her Ballard-based business.
From the Riding Reporter:
Telaio founder and designer Katharine Andrews started the company while working on her final project for the Apparel Design Program at Seattle Central Community College.“I was bicycling five hilly miles to school everyday in jeans and cotton t-shirts–I’ve never been inclined towards spandex or sports gear or carrying around a change of clothes–and, though I’d be warm when I arrived, I’d soon get chilled in my slightly damp t-shirt, etc. and spend the rest of the day trying not to shiver,” Andrews recalled. “Basically, my clothes weren’t working for my life style and so I put my efforts towards designing, and making, some that did.”Andrews said she works with wool because it’s the “original ‘performance’ fiber”.“It’s been, quite literally, perfected by evolution on the backs of sheep and goats all over the world, for millennia. It’s insulating even when wet, it’s naturally anti-bacterial and antimicrobial, it wicks moisture away from the skin and towards the surface of the fabric, it’s generally water-resistant because it has natural lanolin, and modern weaving techniques have really made it non-itchy,” Andrews said. “On top of that, it’s sustainable and kind of classy, in the sense of being fine quality and classic.”
You can buy Telaio products at Hub & Bespoke (a Seattle Bike Blog sponsor) in Fremont or you can email Andrews to set up an appointment at the Telaio studio.
A Telaio hat is also part of Swift Industries’ 2011 Gifted set.