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Icelandic Design was founded in 1981 by Gerdur Kristjansdottir, a native of Reykjavik, Iceland. Gerdur came from long lineage of knitters and grew up watching her mother make the entire family’s clothes and wool socks to stay warm through the Icelandic winters. She herself had learned to knit by age 7. Then in the early 1980’s, Gerdur’s life took a turn when she decided to start a sweater company with her then retired mother, and to make this family tradition a business. At the time Gerdur was living in Colorado and the demand for their well-constructed sweaters was smoldering. With an initial wholesale order for 200 sweaters Gerdur returned to Iceland to employ 20 local knitters that first year validating her change of course.