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Grapevine’s Best Of 2017: Best Place To Buy A Wool Sweater

Grapevine’s Best Of 2017: Best Place To Buy A Wool Sweater

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Art Bicnick

Published March 13, 2017

While high prices mean Reykjavík isn’t really thought of as a shopper’s paradise, there are still plenty of great local products you can only get here. Whether you’re hunting for a piece of Icelandic design, searching for hard-to-find vinyl by an Icelandic artist, stocking the fridge of your Airbnb, or hunting down the perfect hand-knitted lópapeysa, this guide will get you on the right track. Most of the winners are located in downtown Reykjavík, but a few are scattered throughout the greater Reykjavík area, giving you a good excuse to get out of the city centre hubbub and do some exploring. Happy shopping!

Winner

Handprjonasambandid by Art Bicnick Handprjónasambandið
Skólavörðustígur 19
The Icelandic wool sweater, or lópapeysa, is a staple of Icelandic clothing. These thick woollen sweaters last a very long time and are warm, breathable and showerproof, being made from the thick, bristly Icelandic wool known as lópa. Their popularity with visitors means that they’re sometimes now mass-produced outside of Iceland for tourists, then shipped back in: but one place you know you’ll get the real deal is at Handprjónasambandið, Iceland’s very own hand-knitting association. “It’s an experience to shop there,” said the panel. “They have all colours and all fits, from neon green to a Spiderman pattern—whatever you want.” Choose wisely!

Runners Up

Red Cross by Art Bicnick Red Cross
Laugavegur 12b & 116, Skólavörðustígur 12
Lópapeysur can be pretty pricey, so if you’re on a budget, secondhand can be the way to go.
The various branches of Red Cross has a fluctuating but often quite wide choice, and you’ll know the money goes to a good cause. The panel remarked: “There’s a good selection, and they are all ‘authentic,’ if you will.”
Farmers Friends by Art bicnick Farmers & Friends
Hólmaslóð 2
Of the more high-street-style options, the panel opted for the Farmer’s Market outlet, Farmers and Friends. “Their sweaters have a modern look that is very fashionable, and a nice fit,” they said. “If you want to wear your sweater with a short skirt and high heels, the Farmer’s Market brand is it.”

Previous Winners

Previous Winners

2016: Handprjónasambandið
2015: Red Cross
2014: Handprjónasambandið
2013: Handprjónasambandið

You can buy a copy of the full Best Of Reykjavík 2017 magazine, posted worldwide, at gpv.is/buybestof.


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