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Get Wrapped Up with Mostrom and Chase Handweavers

With so many product designers constantly on the hunt for the new and novel, finding classic designs that sell year after year can be tricky. But for Mostrom and Chase Handweavers, consistency has been the key to building an audience—and repeat sales—for a carefully edited collection of heirloom-quality scarves, blankets, and table linens.

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Mostrom and Chase was founded in 1976 by self-taught weavers Diane Mostrom-Chase and Fred Chase in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Their desire to share functional products made with traditional weaving patterns that might otherwise have been lost to time was the guiding force in turning what had long been a hobby into a business. They later moved their studio to the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. A few years ago, their daughter, Emily Wilson, joined the company with her Emily Alice line of scarves. 

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In their 40 years of weaving, Mostrom-Chase and Chase have focused on using top-quality natural materials like cotton and wool in their designs, which are made entirely by hand. They have more recently added rayon chenille to the mix, which creates sumptuously soft scarves that are coveted by customers, especially during gift-giving season. Of the multi-striped and solid Emily Alice designs, Mostrom-Chase says, “[Emily] brings a youthful fashion sense to her production of Kaleidoscope, Rainbow, and Infinity scarves that are catching the eye of our buyers.”

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In addition to the scarves, Mostrom and Chase sells placemats, napkins, table runners, throws, and blankets, plus soft cotton baby blankets that hold up to repeat washings—so much so that the blanket they made for Wilson when she was an infant has since been passed down to her own children. “We find that many people buy our products as gifts, either for a wedding or a baby shower, for the holidays, or as a special treat for themselves,” Mostrom-Chase says. And with durable products that stand the test of time and are priced affordably—most between $25 and $150—the value to the customer is that much greater.

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Mostrom and Chase products are currently sold through fine gift and craft boutiques in the United States, as well as through their website. To inquire about becoming a wholesaler, e-mail them today.

 

—Robin Catalano 

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