I’ve got a lot of neck warmers in my winter collection and none of them have been anything to write home about, or in print.
But I came across one at the end of last ski season that is actually worthy of taking up white space in this edition. And more important than its functionality and fashion, it was hand-sewn by a seamstress in the valley. Heidi Hat was formed by Heidi Wade, a local ski bum and instructor. Wade, along with her daughter, Kelly, formed a line of clothing that is entirely U.S.-based.
All of their products, from their signature pillbox hats, beanies, neck warmers, nose covers, headbands, scarves, leggings, skirts and yoga bottoms are made by seamstresses who live here. All fabrics are sourced from the U.S. and the apparel is designed, created, manufactured and distributed from within Colorado.
Wade came up with the idea when she found herself in a self-described “fashion emergency” — her necessity to be warm on the slopes but wanting to look good.
While I care more about looking good in my skiing form, the neck gaiter definitely is a bright spot in my attire. It’s a Hawaiian-themed print with colorful palm trees and flowers. I’ve had many compliments on it and it’s kept me warm on those frigid early-morning corduroy laps.
It has an inside lining that is a breathable nylon material, rather than fleece, which has prevented the breath and sweat-induced ice build-up that frequently happens with other neck warmers that are fleece inside and out.
Heidi and Kelly have branched out to other athletic-inspired clothing and accessories that are designed for yoga, skiing and hiking. Their website says their product lines “embody femininity with a comfortable approach.” I’d say that pretty much sums it up.
Hats off to Heidi and Kelly for their commitment to local manufacturing and production, and creating apparel that is durable, which in turn, lessens their carbon footprint.
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Heidi Hat neck warmer $64 and up
Several local stores and yoga studios carry Heidi Hat products. Their flagship store is located at 520 East Cooper Ave., suite 202A.