The Handknitting Association of Iceland has issued a statement regarding a ‘lopapeysa’ sweater given to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel by Minister of Industry and Commerce Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir yesterday, Vísir reports. (The occasion for the gift was that Icelandair has resumed direct flights to Chicago, but no direct flights have been offered there by Icelandair since 1988.)
The sweater is a new design from 66° North, dubbed Grímsey, and costs ISK 33,000 (USD 264, EUR 234). The problem with Grímsey is that it’s made in China.
The statement reads, “We at the Handknitting Association are shocked at this sight. Such a garment would never be offered for sale in our stores. The Handknitting Association ambitiously strives to offer quality lopapeysur for sale and our sweaters are all knit in Iceland, which is not the case for much of the sweater sold here [in Iceland].”
The letter points out that it would be interesting to know whether the minister of industries checked the origin of the sweater she presented to the Chicago mayor.
Nationally known bloggers have voiced their opinion on the sweater on social media. One of them, Einar Steingrímsson, comments, “Poor man. Hideous sweater with a neckline for an elephant and five sizes too large.”