Apparel company Hoodlamb may have started using hemp as a tribute to cannabis, but now the company sees hemp more as an ecological choice, not a scandalous one. The company was founded in 1993 in Amsterdam by Doug Mignola who wanted a better post-surf jacket and also loved the idea of working with industrial hemp. The name is also tongue in cheek for the hoodlums that might consume cannabis.
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The hemp comes from Northern China and is grown chemical free on family farms, some of which are owned and operated by women. The raw fiber is then spun into a durable fiber that is used to make the fabric for Hoodlamb jackets. Even the water resistant coating on the jackets comes from natural cellulose taken from hemp stalks. Hemp fabric alone would be pretty stiff and scratchy, so it is combined with organic cotton to soften the feel of the fabric.
Not only will these jackets keep you warm, but they are also vegan and environmentally friendly. The Hoodlamb line comes from cruelty-free sources and uses no animal products. The faux fur trim feels amazingly real. “Some vegans don’t like the idea of faux fur trim at all, but it is practical for bad weather,” said spokesperson Aisha Thompson.
The thermal insulation is called EcoDown and each jacket recycles up to 10 bottles. Thompson said, “It’s one part of the jacket that uses something synthetic, but since we are recycling we feel that it’s a positive thing. Otherwise, these plastic bottles would just be trash.”
The products do have some slight nods to its roots in cannabis culture. There are secret pockets sewn into the jackets that are really hard to find. Just in case the wearer may have some contraband they may want to conceal. Another nice detail is backpack straps built inside the jacket (they can be removed) so that the wearer can slip the jacket off, but still, hold onto the jacket.
One thing the company doesn’t conceal is its commitment to Sea Shephard, a nonprofit marine life conservation organization. The organization exposes and confronts illegal activities on the high seas. 10% of every Hoodlamb X Sea Shephard purchase is donated to the mission and in addition to that Hoodlamb contributes at least 1% of its annual revenue to environmental causes.
So far, Hoodlamb has produced over 80,000 jackets and can be found in over 20 countries. The company had $2.6 million in sales in 2016. The surf crowd is especially fond of these jackets since it was created from a surfers point of view. It may have gotten its start with the cannabis culture, but Hoodlamb has matured into a vegan-friendly and earth friendly apparel brand that makes a great jacket.
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