Tagged: OLEANA

Bergen’s Oleana looks to the future

Founder Signe Aarhus visits the “ideal venue” of Gig Harbor’s Chalet in the Woods Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American When Signe Aarhus, co-founder of Bergen’s Oleana, first came to visit Laura Almaas, her...

A sweater being made in the Oleana factory.

“Norwegian Fairy-tale Couture”

Oleana celebrates a quarter century of beating the odds with high-quality clothing Lori Ann Reinhall Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association The Vision In 1991, three veterans of the Norwegian textile industry, Signe Aarhus, Kolbjørn Valestrand,...

Wearing your values

Oleana’s co-founder Signe Aarhus talks about entrepreneurship in Tacoma, Wash. By Kelsey Larson Special to the Norwegian American Weekly “Everybody was saying, look at this funny thing Oleana has done. Everybody was laughing.” On...

Michelle Obama picks up four Oleana sweaters in Oslo

Fashion icon Michelle Obama received much attention for her four shift dresses while she was in Oslo with her husband Barack Obama when he received the Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10. “Michelle Obama...

The rock star of Norwegian textiles

Oleana visits Chalet in the Woods in Gig Harbor, Wash. to share their fall collection, “Autumn Leaves and Winter Roses” By Laura Almaas Special to the Norwegian American Weekly How does one explain the...

BEYOND BORDERS – OLEANA the Norwegian Story

For their most recent collection, the Norwegian company OLEANA looked to China for inspiration – an ancient culture with strong design and ornamentation traditions that has left its mark on the west from as...