about

Our story

On a visit to Tokyo’s Ginza market in 2004, Darcy Cameron picked up a handwoven bag dyed with persimmons. She loved the bag’s pure simplicity, described by her Japanese friend as “very shibui,” or “elegant with a touch of bitterness.” This inspired an enduring aesthetic.

Shibui Knits was born in 2007, in the basement of Darcy’s yarn store in Portland, Oregon. Faced with the limitations of yarn from big-brand companies, she started her own label, bringing yarn of the highest quality to small, independent stores like her own. Shibui Knits has since grown to represent timeless sophistication in local yarn stores worldwide. Today, we continue to be grounded in the concept of simplicity well executed, with loving attention to detail.

OUR PRODUCTS

We offer a seamless blend of beauty and craft. All of our yarns are designed to become unique, luxury fabrics in a coordinated palette made for mixing. Each pattern is tailored with the best techniques, resulting in an intuitive knitting process and garments with optimal fit. We strive to elevate your wardrobe with modern, elegant garments of lasting style.

OUR MISSION

We share passion for beauty through intentional design. We deliver an unparalleled knitting experience for creative women who are committed to sophisticated style. 

 
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OUR VALUES

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BEAUTY

Beauty feeds the soul. Here, we are continually energized, motivated, and inspired by beauty and exceptional design. We collect and share our ideas in the belief that beauty is a natural expression of creative thinking.

IMPECCABILITY

At Shibui Knits, we’re a little obsessed. Our greatest satisfaction comes from designing truly impeccable yarns and garments. From the choice of materials to the tiniest details, we’re focused on innovation and total mastery of our craft.

COLLABORATION

We value the contribution of all of our friends in the Shibui community – from the mills that spin our yarns, to the designers who create with our products, to our retail partners and the knitters who create beautiful Shibui garments every day.

INCLUSIVITY

We believe that everyone has a thread in the Shibui story. We invite all knitters to experience creating garments of refined beauty. From our simplest inspirations to those that mix sophisticated concepts and techniques, there is a pattern here you can be part of.

FUN

As our founder likes to say, “If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?” We really enjoy what we do, and you’ll hear us laugh every day, always looking for ways to weave joy into the moment. After all, at the end of the day, we know it’s just yarn. Not the end of the world.

 

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