Kristina Torsson and her family moved to Gotland, an island in the baltic sea, in 1983. After many joyful and intense years as one of the designers of the Swedish clothing brand Mah-jong in the 70’s, she wanted ro get back to the roots, find inspiration in nature and set up a close cooperation between design and handcraft. She found what she was looking for in an old dairy in the village Vamlingbo, in southern Gotland.
Since then, almost 30 years after, the main building contains a manufacture where six people work, dyeing fabrics, cutting and sewing and taking care of customers orders. Upstairs is the home of Kristina and her husband Bjöner and a studio where Kristina is working to develop new color schemes, patterns and models. Production concept small-scalled local presence and a combination of craft and industry.
The most characteristic material of the fabrics and garments is a silk knitted half cotton, half viscose. Cotton provides a soft and body-friendly inner side. The glossy viscose on the outside highlights the typical graphic patterns in black/white. Ever since the beginning, the black and white printed silk fabrics has been the foundation of Vamlingbolagets assortment.
The collection shows clothes that can be worn all seasons. From short-sleeved shirts and flapping skirts and dresses in silk jersey, cool in summer heat, ideal for travel since they take up little space and not creases itself. Long sleeved shirts and pants in silk knitted is also comfortable to wear body close in winter. Our other material is velour, corduroy and printed cotton fabric for men's shirts and cloths. This year we are also very happy to present cloths in knitted wool, under a new brand called Stickeri.
The environment here on the southern island of Gotland has provided us with generous conditions for the working atmosphere, the production and further development. The landscape of meadows and coastlines are a constant source of inspiration at work. We have over ten years had our own lambs which have given us experience of wool qualities for future products in plaid and wool. In 2003 we helped structure the work of Gotland spinners, which we hope will lead to many beautiful and comfortable wool products in the future.