Misha & Puff well known for their beautiful knit items, was founded in 2011 by Anna Wallack after her baby son spent his first New England winter keeping warm and cozy while swaddled head-to-toe in knits she had made. Drawing on over ten years experience as a stylist, as well as a personal understanding of what works well for little ones, Misha&Puff have created a collection that is special yet unfussy, a way to share their love of the thoughtfully designed and handcrafted.
Each Misha & Puff piece is lovingly hand knit in Peru by talented knitting ladies. Over the past few years they have forged a wonderful relationship where they work closely with groups of knitters in Lima. The knitting work that they do for Misha & Puff either from their home or at our knitting center. Their talent never ceases to amaze. Each knitter takes great pride in the pieces she chooses to knit. You will find her name on the hang tag. When you purchase items from Misha & Puff you are contributing to this collaboration. Families working together to benefit everyone.
The merino wool used is super soft and never itchy. It has excellent elasticity so it will maintain its shape, and grow with your child. Don’t be surprised if you get much more life out of your garments than expected. They will last and stretch.
Misha&Puff is committed to sustainability and ethical, transparent production. Many of their pieces are handmade using time honored processes and the expertise of artisans. It’s important to them to pay a living wage and to be committed and invested long term to the communities they work in. They use low-impact dyes, organic fabrics, and strive for no waste. Mishs&Puff are always innovating and finding better ways to do what they do, and never at the cost of workers or the environment. We love the fact that they firmly believe, if production practices are not good for everyone, they are truly good for no one. Something so many people, consumers and brands alike, tend to forget
What are the benefits of wool
You have probably heard a lot about wool clothing being one of the best things that you can dress your baby in. From our own experience this really is the case. But mind you, some children simply can’t wear this wonderful material for various reasons. So, everyone has to decide for themsleves what’s best. But here are some of the benefits.
Wool regulates body temperature. This is really important for babies and small children. They won’t overheat in wool as with synthetic fibers. So you need not worry going from outside to inside – from car to stroller, to playground. It is breathable, and will wick moisture away from the body. Keeping your child drier and more comfortable. Do you have a baby that is cold at night and keeps waking up? Try wool! It can work wonders.
Wool is naturally flame retardant. The super soft merino fiber, used by Misha&Puff, is also longer and stronger than other wools and less likely to pill. It looks great season after season. It is strong, hard wearing, and practical. You will find a few pieces in the collection are made of the softest baby alpaca – incredibly light and as soft as cashmere. We think the alpaca is lovely for newborn babies.
Mish&Puff work predominantly in Peru, where they can make a garment start to finish. From fiber, to garment. Keeping all the processes in one place strengthens the industry as well as cuts down on unnecessary resources spent shipping around the world. In researching best practices they have uncovered many interesting facts. Like, fiber with an organic designation needs to be sprayed with chemical anti-pesticides when going to say, China for construction. All in all, it’s important to look a little closer. Know the business.
The brand strictly adheres to fair trade policies, paying a fair wage as well as being involved in the lives of their craftspeople. Many of the knitters have been with the brand from the beginning, and now are heads of groups, managing many other knitters. Misha&Puff has a knitting center in a remote part of the city, yet close to our knitters homes. This allows them to drop by, collect yarn, get paid, and connect with other knitters. The center also has an early education after school program, as well as offers meals for kids. https://shop.misha-and-puff.com/