Wintervacht was founded in 2012 by Yoni van Oorsouw and Manon van Hoeckel. Yoni and Manon studied at ArtEZ University for the Arts in Arnhem and at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. During her study Manon was living in a cozy yet cold house where she was sleeping underneath a pile of woolen blankets to keep herself warm. It was at one of the cold and stormy Dutch evenings the first steps of the creation of Wintervacht started.

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The Wintervacht brand uses materials which lost their original function but still are in good condition. The woolen blankets Manon used to sleep under are now being transformed into jackets and accessories. Classical, preferably Dutch, woolen blankets like we all know from the past are being reused to be young and fresh again. The Wintervacht collection consists of womens and mens jackets, accessories and childrens jackets. The items are for sale at this website and in various shops in the Netherlands, Belgium and England.

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Nowadays the jackets are made at Studio RYN, a collaborative manufacturing studio with RijnIJssel in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Together with students  all Wintervacht’s woolen blankets are being transformed into the cosy jackets you will be able to order at our website.

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After thrown away by its previous owner the blanket is selected by our recycling partner 2Switch to start a new life. The blankets will be cleaned, with natural products, at our next partner, Wasplaats, before it will be used for your jacket. Both 2Switch and Wasplaats are working with healthcare and welfare organisations which showcases our love for the community and sustainability.

For questions or press inquiries, please send an email to info@wintervacht.nl

Donations of blankets are always welcome. In exchange for your blanket you will receive mittens or a headband made from your blanket.