Amos & Andes has specialised in women and men’s traditional sweaters for over 26 years. Our success continues to grow each year through feedback from our customers who keep checking into the shop, and online as well, to share the treasures we have found. We are most interested in natural fibers and the highest level of craftsmanship, working with artists who share our passion and have these same ideals.
Please enjoy our beautiful collections and we welcome your feedback.
Dale of Norway is synonymous with quality winter sweaters and sport excellence. Dale of Norway has built a reputation as the world’s leading manufacturer of Norwegian sweaters.
Wool is our fabric of choice because of the fibers’ unique properties that makes it perfectly suited for the way Amos & Andes patrons wear our garments. Wool is also completely sustainable. It is a flexible, strong and non-static fiber in addition to being naturally soil — and water resistant. Wool is a great insulator against both cold and warm conditions, even when wet, is naturally flame retardant and can absorb up to a third of its weight in moisture before feeling wet. Perfect for strenuous activities.
Dale of Norway has specialized in wool garments since the company was established in 1879 and has been featured since Amos & Andes opened our shop in 1994.
Dale’s knitwear has a long and unique history of environmentally friendly products and production. Not only is Dale’s knitwear made with 100% natural wool, Dale of Norway’s production is powered by sustainable hydroelectric energy generated by local waterfalls in the Dale Valley of Norway.
Cowichan is Canada. For over 150 years, the native Coast Salish people of Vancouver Island have created these distinctively patterned, hand-knitted sweaters, toques, mitts, and socks. Each piece of Coast Salish Indian clothing is unique, incorporating traditional designs of animals, birds, sea creatures, and geometric shapes. The Salish knitting is a very old traditional art form; and over the decades these hand knitted sweaters have become well known for their beauty and expert craftsmanship. The Coast Salish Indian knitting represents historically the extraordinary resourcefulness, creativity, and adaptability of the people of the Coast Salish Tribes.
The clothing designs have been passed down from generation to generation; typically from mother to daughter, and there are some excellent male knitters as well. Please note the distinction that while we reference the shops of our other artisans, Cowichan sweaters are most often made right in the knitter’s home. The raw wool is hand washed, hand teased, hand carded, and finally hand spun. This meticulous hands on technique helps to preserve all of the natural oils that are found in the wool; making the sweaters water and stain resistant, and perfect for the Northwest Coast winters.
This beautiful art form is still used culturally in the winter dances of the Coast Salish longhouses, and it can be seen being worn by people from all walks of life, including Prime ministers, Presidents, and members of the Royal family.
Cowichan clothing products are Trademarked and recognized throughout Canada. To protect its designs and techniques, the Cowichan Band Council of British Columbia registered a certification mark that is used on all Cowichan sweaters and clothing products. This mark helps Amos & Andes ensure Cowichan product authenticity and helps protect the Cowichan products against imitation.
Thermohair socks are another truly Canadian product we love.
The socks are trademarked under Thermohair because they are made of Angora kid mohair, which is the first hair sheared from the young kid, Angora goat. This particular hair is very fine and soft, the most luxurious and expensive of the mohair grades.
Since mohair comes from a goat and not a sheep, the fiber is completely different from wool. Most people that have allergies to wool can wear Thermohair Socks and experience and even warmer luxurious experience for their foot. Thermohair comfort and durability is unsurpassed. There's no other sock like them!
Padraig slippers are hand made in Canada.
Helen made her first pair of slippers for her young son in the winter of 1977. The slipper had a hand cut sheepskin sole and a crocheted upper made with hand spun raw wool. In a few short years this first design would become known as the “Original Padraig Slipper”. Since Helen started selling her crafts in local markets, the slipper line and the company have grown and evolved. The slippers now come in numerous colour designs and styles.
Padraig employs more than thirty local artisans and support staff, is still independently owned and operated and their premises remain in North Vancouver; ensuring product quality and support to the local community. The slippers too remain largely the same; they are still hand crocheted and hand dyed in small lots, insuring each pair is one of a kind.
Irene Klar is a Canadian artisan who has brought life to cushion covers.
People, their textiles, pattern decoration and colours serve as inspiration for Irene Klar. Her interest in universal design elements has taken her on far reaching travels around the world from Alaska to Australia, from Guatemala and Peru to Morocco. These themes are incorporated into her paintings and prints, which are full of the intense colours of the marketplaces.