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Kordal Knitwear

Based in Brooklyn, designer Mandy Kordal first discovered she was passionate about knitwear after working for ready to wear designers such as Doo.Ri, Travota and J. Crew. Now at the helm of her own collection, Mandy's mission is to create garments in an ethical manner by paying their workers a fair wage, designing garments that are not trend focused, and using natural fibers when possible. They produce 80% of their garments in NYC with experienced knitters who work with both handloom machines and Shima Seki whole garment knitting machines. Both processes create a fully fashioned product, meaning there's no left over materials. Any left over yarns from previous seasons are recycled into other projects or donated to non-profits such as the Textile Arts Center.


All of Kordal's manufacturing is done in Brooklyn NY at the BF+DA. By producing locally, they are able to reduce their impact on the environment and create more jobs in NYC. And for the past two seasons, Kordal has formed a relationship with a women-run business based in Lima, Peru to create their Alpaca sweaters and accessories. These women are experts in their field and know how to create high quality garments using their native alpaca fibers. These pieces are made with the utmost care on handloom knitting machines.
Kordal believes in creating garments that will inspire creativity and promote wearability. Their inspiration comes first and foremost from the fiber and texture of the yarn. Their belief is that a well-designed, long lasting garment is an important component of sustainable fashion.


WOOL / Kordal uses wool for many of their garments and source it from a variety of mills, such as the Imperial Stock Ranch, based in Maupin, Oregon. Once a year, this mill harvests the soft, white wool from sheep and transforms this naturally renewable resource into a variety of fibers and yarns. All of their wool is specially milled without harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures, leaving it comfortable, soft and pure.
COTTON / Kordal sources a 100% combed cotton yarn that is organically grown by independent farmers working in rural India under the tutelage of a Swiss enterprise that guarantees the farmers not only a market for their bounty, but a premium price that helps pay for structural, educational and vocational improvements to their communities. The yarn is shipped to Europe where it is dyed according to strict EU ecological standards.
ALPACA / Alpaca is a soft, silky and durable fibers with unique thermal properties that is known to be low impact on the environment. Kordal sources their Alpaca fibers from Inca Tops, which has been awarded the Oeko-Tex certificate for commitment to the natural environment.
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