Our Brand, Our Values

A sustainable, luxury knitwear brand made with purpose and integrity


Elisa Yip

With over twenty years of knitwear design experience in New York, Asia, and Seattle, Elisa has developed a refined aesthetic while working with luxury fibers from across the globe. 

Having witnessed the impact "fast fashion" has on the environment, she wanted to change her approach to design. She created Sskein, a knitwear brand that has integrated sustainable and ethical value systems into the supply chain, design process, and the company at large. The company is based in Seattle, Washington.

yarn, mills & Factories

Our Garment Story

Our collections focus on using the highest quality materials sourced from sustainable vendors. Read about our Alpaca and Merino garment journeys below.



Alpaca is an inherently sustainable textile holding one of the lowest environmental impacts of all animal fibers. Their softly padded hooves do not cause soil erosion and flooding like sheep. Alpaca is hypo-allergenic as it contains no lanolin, which causes the majority of allergic reactions to wool. It is naturally antimicrobial, so it resists odors and rarely needs washing. It's exceptional durability extends the lifespan of the garment.

OUR Alpaca Story


Our yarn, mill, and factory are all in Peru, reducing the carbon footprint in the supply chain. The alpaca is sourced through farms addressing animal welfare and land management, and who are currently working toward obtaining their Responsible Alpaca Standard certification. Our mills are STeP by Oeko-Tex certified, selected for optimum working conditions and an environmentlaly friendly production process. Our factories are Gold-WRAP certified to ensure social and environmental ethical practices.


3-D Knitted Merino Wool

All of our merino wool products are made on demand with 3-D knitting machines. This technology is at the forefront of clothing manufacturing. The process eliminates excess waste, and to create fully fashioned garments with no seams or sewing, which improves the wearer's comfort and creates a more durable, longer-lasting garment.

Our Merino story

Australia, Italy, New York

Our merino wool is sourced in Australia and spun in Italy. The yarn and mills are Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certified, and sourced through IWTO certified farms, which promotes a fully transparent, ethical animal welfare responsible wool value chain. The final garments are made on demand with a New York City-based 3-D knitting factory to eliminate excess waste.

Carbon Neutral Shipping

We use Sendle, a carbon neutral shipping service for standard delivery within the United States as our preferred vendor.

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