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Designer Profile - Hania
After moving to New York City from West Germany as a single mother and professional ballerina, Anya Cole developed her knitting practice into the incredibly creative business HANIA. She now produces two separate collections of high quality, ethically handmade, luxury knitwear.
One collection is produced by the world renowned mill Todd & Duncan, located on the banks of Lochleven in Kinross, Scotland. This collection is machine knit, using the industry’s best cashmere in sophisticated color palettes. Todd & Duncan was founded in 1867 in Scotland and produces for the top designers in the world including Dior, Hermès, and Lainey Keogh.
The other collection that Anya designs is of one-of-a-kind pieces that are designed and hand-knit in New York City. Originally starting with one knitter, Hania now employs over one hundred knitters throughout the city to hand-knit a selection of her designs. These knitters are taught the techniques and skills necessary to knit the innovative and complex designs by Anya, elevating them to skilled artisans working at the highest level of craftsmanship. Using specially twisted yarn from exclusive and esteemed Italian and Scottish cashmere mills, the resulting knitwear is plush and supple. The knits from both Scotland and New York are contemporary yet timeless, versatile yet unmistakable.