Canadian followers will know about the iconic stripes of the Hudson Bay Company. Canada’s first and longest merchant began business in 1670 – and you can read more of the history here.
We started giving the classic wool blankets as wedding gifts to nieces and nephews when that generation began to get married. The classic point blankets come in various colours – including the striped version below, red with black stripes and grey with black stripes. There is a rich history to their woolen warmth. Made in English, they were traded by the company (along with other goods) for beaver pelts from native fur traders.
We have recreated the four stripe pattern on handknit throws.
And we’re slowly buying up the various totes and throws they sell to spread the stripes across the continent.
Although now U.S. owned, the Hudson Bay stripes continue to stand out in a crowd.