Miranda Harper - founder of Zaini
Finding it impossible to buy a comfy, colourful and stylish enough beanie hat, Scottish ski instructor, Miranda Harper, turned to making her own
Zaini, the brand, launched as a result of an impossibility to find a comfy, colourful and stylish enough beanie hat. Scottish ski instructor, Miranda Harper, turned to making her own whilst in the resort of Haute Nendaz, Switzerland in 2010. No beanie was baggy or bright enough for her style, so she made her own to fit her fashion needs on the slopes. The trend was quick to catch on and suddenly everyone wanted one of these hats……
On returning to the UK, and being based in a small village in the highlands of Scotland, the weather permits people to wear beanies all year round and once friends, colleagues and family saw her hats they all wanted one. So she got back to her crochet hook and put together more designs including – Hot pink and Blue, Neon Green and Purple and Neon Orange and Purple. They only use 100% super soft acrylic yarn, which ensures a non-itch, cashmere feel and is durable to outdoor weather.
With the orders coming in thick and fast Miranda needed a helping hand – that helping hand came from her grandmother. Crocheting is a skill that takes patience and commitment so to keep her on track with her first few orders Granny came to save the day. Loaded with balls of Neon Orange, Purple, Blue, Yellow and Neon Green yarn they set up a production line and set to making as many hats as they could.
And that’s when Zaini was launched. A company dedicated to bringing people new, colourful and unique hats. All designed in Scotland and all handmade with attention to detail in every way.
Now, 10 years on, we’ve set up a range of over 200 designs, got customers in over 50 countries and more media coverage than we can keep track of. Still, our ambitions keep exceeding our accomplishments, so luckily the end of our journey is nowhere in sight. Since then Zaini has grown to become an established brand which now sells and distributes products throughout the world.