ElseWear Collective is a knitwear label founded on creating luxury handmade apparel on a limited and domestic scale. Designed, knitted, and hand finished in Littleton, Colorado, all ElseWear Collective pieces are individually constructed with careful attention to detail.
One-of-a-kind garments are all crafted using a hand-powered domestic knitting machine, a slow and meticulous process. This creates a fully fashioned product, meaning each piece is knit to the exact shape and size so there is no left over material and limited waste. The collection is made using only 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool, cashmere, recycled linen, cotton, and alpaca.
ElseWear Collective is dedicated to providing apparel that exudes wearability and effortless style devoted to quality over quantity.
Each piece is designed and produced by Kelsey Riley who discovered her love for creating things by hand at a young age and found textiles and fibers as her favored medium.
She attended Colorado State University for undergraduate studies in Apparel Design before receiving her degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, California. She then went on to earn her BFA in Knitwear Design from Academy of Art University before launching her own knitwear company.
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, she draws much of her inspiration from the Rocky Mountains, the American Southwest and her Swedish heritage. She enjoys spicy food, crafternooning, Jeeping, traveling, Broncos football, camping, and anything true crime. She also has a strong passion for sustainable practices and ethical manufacturing.
The ElseWear Collective boutique is based on our concept of Studio to Storefront where everything we design is produced in-house. We also love supporting independent designers and happily feature their talent alongside our label. Their work includes jewelry, home decor, pottery, accessories, and art- all of which is made by hand. Stop by the shop to see what speaks to you!