Rainer & Bear began in 2015 as a way to share the designs we had been making for my sons Rainer & Logan – nicknamed Logie bear. Mum (Eileen) had been knitting for over 50 years. Able to knit and read patterns before starting school, she would tuck her Mother's needles under her arms to work with them. She in turn taught me to knit when I was a child, but I had made little use of the skills until 2013 when my Grandmother passed away.
Some of my Grandmother’s belongings found a new home with us, amongst which were bundles of vintage knitting needles and a suitcase of patterns dating from 1930s – 1970s; patterns that she had made and dressed my Mum, Aunt and uncles in when they were small. Everything was so beautifully nostalgic, I couldn’t resist knitting one of the patterns and instantly I was hooked. I was constantly looking for the next thing to make, but the older patterns weren’t always easy to read, and quite often made up with thick unsightly seams.
We searched high and low to find the sort of patterns we wanted to make, but most were in Norwegian or Dutch, with only a few being translated to English. It was mum’s suggestion that we design our own. And that’s exactly what we did. We started with a simple romper (The Etive) and within a few months the Acharn Romper born.
In the beginning we made everything ourselves, but as popularity grew, demand grew. We realised that it was unsustainable and if our brand was to continue to grow we would need to outsource some of the production. We embarked on a search for a partner that would reflect our own values, ethics and skills. We found the perfect partner with a small knitting centre in Bolivia and work very closely with their artisans on each new design, showing them the exact way we make a garment so that our style, attention to detail and values are not lost.
We still offer some items that are exclusively made in the UK as well as custom orders.
All our products are made completely by hand. We strongly believe that a handmade garment is a precious investment that can be passed on throughout the family, even throughout generations.
And as our family's knitting history began in Scotland, it feels is fitting that each piece is named after a place in Scotland that captured our hearts and continues to inspire us.
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" It's more beautiful than I could have imagined!! Did I mention I am in love!? Your work is so beautiful!!! I can't wait for my son to wear it all autumn long, and longer if possible!"