Old Port Wool & Textile Company is the story of our family and love. Nearly twenty-five years ago, my husband Daniel and I bought a clothing manufacturing business that was about to close. We wanted to start a family business so with our three young sons Ben (12) Adam (11) and Josh (3) we started Casco Bay Wool Works. We became manufacturers of fine Merino wool capes - shawls and blankets. Our labor of love had begun in January 1992.
To begin with this was a big was a leap of faith. As an amateur seamstress, I had ten short days to learn how to sew a woolen cape out of blanket wool on a crochet machine. My instructor was a patient French Canadian woman named Geri who had been running the business for the owner. She thought I was nuts. She was my teacher for those ten days and then I was on my own.
Everything we made was designed, cut, sewn and shipped from our 200-year-old Sunny View Farm in Portland Maine. A downstairs bedroom became the makeshift sewing studio, inspection and shipping area. The barn was used for cutting and storing the rolls of wool. Dan and the boys all helped out with cutting and shipping. We had an amazing run but as the textile industry in Maine and the USA dwindled we decided to sell CBWW in 2003.
I went on to work within the community as an organizer and then to the City Council but by 2013 I was restless and decided to go back to textiles and wrap people in wool capes again. I missed seeing people walking around town cloaked in warmth and needed to do something I loved.
At our newly named Old Port Wool and Textile Co opened in August of 2013. Just like before we promise to make the best quality merino wool Cape -shawl or blanket here in Maine USA. We are dedicated to buying materials that are 100% made in America - create good jobs—and are sure at the end of the day that our community has benefited from our being here.
We are glad you found us and look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes for beautiful holiday and New Year filled with good healthy - happiness and peace.