Arela is a clothing brand focused on cashmere knitwear and cotton basics. Born in 2006 of designer Maija Arela's desire to create contemporary cashmere knitwear, Arela is now run by Maija and her two daughters, Aalto university alumn, head designer Anni Arela and head of communications Viivi Arela.
Considered colours, functionality and effortless elegance are the defining elements of our work. Thanks to our loyal customer base, we have gained a true understanding of the needs of different ages and body shapes. We do not design the clothes for a particular woman or man, but rather to all people unified by a certain minimalist sensibility.
We use only the best natural materials and pride ourselves on the durability of our garments. Collections are produced in skilled hands of trusted professionals in Nepal, Latvia, China and Finland.
We think it's extremely important to take responsibility for the customer and product even after purchase, and offer a unique care service for our knits.
Ethically sourced cashmere:
Cashmere has superb qualities unlike any other fiber – it is warm yet breathable, does not itch, and can be spun into the lightest, thinnest, silkiest yarn.
Cashmere is a natural wool fiber, collected from cashmere goats that live in the rough plains in Asia. Cashmere goats grow a soft underhair to keep them warm during the winter, and in the springtime this fiber is collected by combing the goat by hand. The amount of cashmere needed for one sweater takes for one goat 4 years to produce. Our aim is to respect this rare, fine material by making clothes that are functional and long-lasting both stylewise and qualitywise. We work hard to ensure that no cashmere yarn is wasted during our production process.
We use ethically sourced cashmere material from Northern China. Cashmere goats are not harmed during the collecting process. Our cashmere knits are made in Nepal and China in the skillfull hands of seasoned specialists to ensure the best quality and long-lasting wear.
Small Scale Production. Eco Friendly.