Hoodlamb: Style, Durability & All About Hemp
We are a summer loving family who love to escape to beach destinations year round. Though we have been intrigued to visit cold destinations in the past, I always automatically omit any and all options particularly for my fear and dislike of cold weather as well as my lack of winter clothing. After all, it already gets down to the 60s in Florida, thats enough winter for me ha!
There is one particular destination; however, that I was willing to make an exemption and break all the rules mainly because I always thought I was never going to visit, and that is: Finland. Visiting Finland has always been one of those long and far dreams that you have and never really think it will happen, especially when I sleep with an extra blanket when the temperature drops below 70s….
Once we decided to go, I immediately started researching sustainable and/or vegan extreme winter gear and thats when I felt hopeless. Almost everything for extreme weather had down, a material that I try to avoid. After much research, I came across a brand that seemed just too perfect to be true, not only were they suitable for extreme weather, water proof and had beautiful designed products, they were also sustainably made, 100% vegan (meaning down and wool free) provided fair labor, and focused on quality to provide timeless pieces! And one of my favorite things, their products are made using earths strongest natural fiber: Hemp! And not just any hemp either, hemp that is organically grown and sewed in family owned factories. Finally, a product that was perfect for Finland!
Equipped with my Hoodlamb Parka, hoodie, and my beanie, not only did I survive the negative temperatures in Finland (lowest was -11F), I was super comfy, warm and feeling super stylish.Yes me, the girl who complains about the Florida winters… not even my husband could believe it! When the temperature dropped between -11 to -7, I wore a thermal long sleeve, a fleece sweater and my Hoodlamb hoodie and parka; and the rest of the days I just removed my fleece sweater. I believe the secret to the warmth of the parka is that it’s fully lined with “Satifur” which is their own blend of vegan fur. This also makes the coat a little on the heavier side so I recommend carrying the jacket with you in the airplane rather than putting it in your luggage if you are trying to save some luggage space/pounds (as we usually are).
If I had visited Lapland, Finland in January when temperatures can get below -20F or even -30F, the Nordic Parka along with the Furry Hoodie were probably a better choice as they are even warmer.
I happily and gladly wore my new winter gear everyday during our Finland trip and continued to do so for the few days we spent in Stockholm and Zurich. I do regret only taking one coat, but now that I know these products are actually warm, are high quality and fit beautifully, I am looking forward to try different designs to explore more cold destinations with! The only complaint that I have is that they don’t carry products for kids as this would had been a perfect fit for my little one as well!
I am like you, I love mild and warm climates BUT have always wanted to go to Finland myself! What gorgeous photos you guys have too. That's really cool that there is a vegan friendly winter apparel for people who are 100% vegan and really fashionable! I will be dreaming about staying in one of those igloos!
Ah!! All the sustainability factors aside, I love that it doesn't make you look like a bulky caveman AND kept you super warm in the hectic Finnish winters. I feel like most jackets are either slimming and useless in truly frigid temperatures or they make me look like a linebacker but are totally toasty. Definitely checking out Hoodlamb as I'd also be the type to complain about even mild winters (growing up in Pennsylvania was TORTURE in the winter). Also those igloos look incredible!
Gorgeous photos! Did you sleep in one of those glass igloos? They look awesome especially if you get to see the Northern Lights! I had never thought about avoiding down because my family collects down in the North of Iceland and it's just what's left over in the duck nests after the birds have left.
Yes, we did for one night. We did not get to see the Northern lights while we were in the Igloo which as a little disappointing but we are still glad we at least got to see them. The way you collect down is completely different than the way down is collected for massive commercial use. If only down was collected that way.... its so sad to see how these things are made, same as wool and leather.