Thanks for your interest in my funny little company. My name is Anna-Maria Mountfort and I make mittens for kids. It’s kinda hilarious explaining what I do. When I tell a man, they often ask me if I knit them. When I tell a woman, they ask me, “Do they stay actually stay on kids?” The happy answer is ‘YES!”
mimiTENS came to be because I could not find mittens that stayed on my daughter. I thought that maybe I could design something useful and attractive. So I tried and tried until I came up with a pattern and concept that I liked. It was hard because I have no design training and had no contacts in manufacturing. But I persevered and here we are. mimiTENS are available in Canada, the USA, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Slovakia, Japan, Belgium and the UK.
Something that makes me happy and proud is that mimiTENS are made in Canada. To me, it’s the right thing to do even if it means that my product is more expensive than my competitors. The way I see it, if you buy olive oil from Italy, kids mittens from Canada is pretty logical.
I have also been careful in the fabrics that I use. mimiTENS are lined with two special fabrics: 3M’s Recycled Thinsulate and an Oeko-Tex certified bamboo-rayon fleece. The Recycled Thinsulate is 100 gram weight and is toasty. This fabric is made with post-consumer waste plastic – stuff like old water and pop bottles. The bamboo fabric is super soft and because they finish the fabric with steam and not enzymes, it is easier on the skin.
What most interests me now is the shape of business to come. Heh heh.
I am totally sensitive to how hard economic times affect us – from the practical realities of trying to feed your family to the wear on the collective psyche. And what I want more than anything from mimiTENS is to offer a hopeful example of solid design, good practices and straight-up profitability.
Between you and me, I want to turn mimiTENS into the most rad social enterprise. I can’t do what Toms Shoes does because I want to manufacture in Canada. But I can partner with a charity and work out something that serves everyone involved. The wheels are in motion. I hope it works.
And so, I would like to end this some of the things that I believe in…
Pursue joy. Feel it, then deal with it. You don’t want a thick skin. You want a strong heart. But feel as much as you can because it will remind you that you are alive. There is no such thing as ‘away’. I listen to a lot of angry music and then smooth it over with disco. ‘Celebration’ by Kool and the Gang is one of the greatest achievements of western civilization. So is, ‘Merchandise’ by Fugazi. Your personal awesomeness has nothing to do with anyone else’s personal awesomeness. There is enough to go around. Gossip is pathetic. Money is energy. I am built for happiness. So are you.
What are mimiTENS™?
They are children’s mittens that stay on with no strings attached. Our mittens feature long, stretchy cuffs that reach the elbow. From the fabrics to the embroidery every aspect of our mittens has been carefully considered.
mimiTENS™ come in two styles; SOFT and ALL WEATHER.
mimiTENS™ SOFT are made entirely of bamboo/organic cotton material. The mittens is an Oeko Tex certified fleece and the cuff is a bamboo/cotton/lycra blend. Our SOFT mittens are made for babies up to 18 months. They feature our adorable embroideries of animals - owls, squirrels, elephants, among others.
mimiTENS™ SOFT are the ideal gift for a newborn child because they are so very useful.
mimiTENS™ ALL WEATHER are meant for colder climates. They are made of water-repellent nylon and lined with Thinsulate insulation as well as Oeko Tex certified bamboo/organic cotton fleece.
mimiTENS™ ALL WEATHER are available in sizes ranging from up to 18 months all the way to 5 years old.
mimiTENS™ are MADE IN CANADA because it is the right thing to do.
All mimiTENS mittens are produced in Canadian factories known for their excellence in making winter gear. Through our manufacturing partners, we supports safe working environments and provides respectable wages. mimiTENS are proud to create work in Canada.
What is your returns policy?
mimiTENS will happily accept defective merchandise. While we have every confidence in our products, sometimes things go unexpectedly wrong – especially when you are making something a few thousand at a time. If your mittens come apart at the seams or something else lame, please contact us and let us know.